Facelift and new engine for 2011 Lotus Elise
Group Lotus has revealed the revised for model year 2011 Lotus Elise. Officially, the new Lotus Elise will celebrate its premiere at the upcoming motor event in Geneva, Switzerland.
2011 Lotus Elise is a clear mark of the brand's evolving design DNA. The refined body of the small lightweight ride bears all the positive hallmarks of the typical Elise, but blended in more sophisticated, bold and purposeful stance. At the front end, the agile 2-seater boasts new bumper, front clam and access panel, which contribute for a wider look and greater road presence. New headlamp units with distinctively sculptured LED lights also highlights the restyled front. At the rear, the 2011 Elise's athletic character is underlined by a distinctive "twin-spine" engine cover whilst lower down a more aggressive diffuser is tightly wrapped by an elegant new bumper design. Furthermore, a set of newly developed multi-spoke design lightweight alloys is available for the new model year.
In addition to the dramatic appeal, the 2011 Elise mid-engine sports vehicle also boasts an advanced 1.6-litre Valvematic powerplant, which covers all EURO 5 regulations. This new engine delivers improved fuel economy of over 23% (6.14 litres / 100km) in comparison with the outgoing Elise S model and produces similar output figures - 134 horsepower (100 kW) and 160 Nm of max torque. Linked to a new 6-speed manual gearbox, the new hi-tech engine provides closer and more performance orientated ratios than the outgoing 5 speed box.
MY2011 Lotus Elise lineup - CO2 emissions list:
- Lotus Elise – 136 PS, less than 155 g of CO2 /km – NEW 1.6-litre engine
- Lotus Elise R - 192 PS, 196 g of CO2 /km - 1.8-litre engine
- Lotus Elise SC – 220 PS, 199 g of CO2 /km - 1.8-litre supercharged engine
MY2011 Lotus Elise lineup - Performance list:
- 0 – 60 mph - 6.0 seconds
- 0 – 100 km/h - 6.7 seconds
- Maximum speed - 200 km/h (124 mph)
Lotus Elise R
- 0 – 60 mph - 5.1 seconds
- 0 – 100 km/h - 5.4 seconds
- Maximum speed - 222 km/h (138 mph)
Lotus Elise SC
- 0 – 60 mph - 4.3 seconds
- 0 – 100 km/h - 4.6 seconds
- Maximum speed - 233 km/h (145 mph)