Lotus Elise: Tips On Buying The Used Car

The Rigid Roadster

The Lotus Elise is a medium sized roadster and the idea behind this real wheel drive two seater was conceived in the year 1994 and the final version was launched in September 1996. It was manufactured by Lotus Cars and English manufacturer.

Overall Style and Performance

- In order to get complete rigid suspension the Lotus Elise was made from hand-finished fiberglass body shell and it was mounted over an extruded aluminum chassis.

- The above mentioned technique helped in keeping the production and weight cost to the minimum level.

- The best thing about Lotus Elise is that it can achieve speeds up to 240 kilometers per hour that is about 150 miles per hour.

- This roadster was named after Elise the granddaughter of Romano Artioli and at the time of the car’s launch he was the chairman of the Lotus Company.

Engine and Different Versions of Lotus Elise

- In total there are three different versions of Lotus Elise in 2008.

- The first version was naturally aspirated and produced 189 horse powers with 141 kilowatt power.

- The second version was named as Elise SC and that had a supercharger which was non-intercooled and produced 218 horse powers with 163 kilowatt power.

- The overall fine technology up gradations made the base Elise achieve 0-60 miles per hours in 4.7 seconds instead of 4.9 seconds with earlier versions.

- The Elise SC achieved feet in just 4.3 seconds and was very fast. The style of the NA Elise was exactly same to prior models that were launched.

- The overall weight of the Lotus Elise was claimed to be 1987 lb that is 901 kg which was just 1.4 kg more than the previous year’s model.

Photo Gallery of Lotus Elise

Technical Characteristics of Lotus Elise

Technical Characteristics of 2011 Lotus Elise CR produced by Lotus (UK).

Body Type Drop-head coupe (cabriolet; convertible) 2 doors
Weight 852 Kg
Length 3785 mm
Height 1117 mm
Wheelbase 2300 mm
Front Track 1457 mm
Rear Track 1507 mm
Ground Clearance n/a
Fuel Capacity 40 liters
Engine location n/a
Engine alignment transverse
Drive Wheels Rear wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion
Fuel Supply System EFI
Max Power 136HP (100 kW) @ 6800 rpm
Max Torque 160Nm @ 4400 rpm
CO2 Emissions 149 g/Km
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 1598 cc
Bore 81 mm
Stroke 79 mm
Cam Design DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders 4 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 4
Total Valves 16
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes VeDi
Rear Brakes VeDi-S-ABS
Standard Wheels n/a
Standard Tyres Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS 175/55 R 16 / Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS 225/45 R 17
Suspension Front I.DW.CS.ARB.
Suspension Rear I.DW.CS.
Transmission 6 speed manual
Number of gears 6
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h 6.5 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 8.31 l/100km
Road 5.04 l/100km
Mixt 6.28 l/100km