Lotus Elise 

  • 1996-2001
  • 118 HP 1.8L
  • 124 mph
As with all Lotus product the design is an exciting blend of dramatic style and functional efficiencyThe new Elise body has a fresh sculptured front, including a new bumper, front clam and access panel that combine to give the Elise a wider look with more road presence.
by Top Speed (Apr, 2010)
With the sleek new body the aerodynamics have improved giving a reduction in the coefficient of drag of 4.
by Top Speed (Apr, 2010)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Lotus Elise


6 s
Venom GT
2.5 s
Corvette Z06
3.6 s

Top speed

124 mph
Venom GT
270 mph
GT500 Cobra
200 mph


17.4 s
Venom GT
5.3 s
Corvette Z06
8.3 s

1/4 mile

14.4 s
Venom GT
9.95 s

Data points Key details of the Lotus Elise


118 HP
Venom GT
1,200 HP
GT500 Cobra
850 HP


122 ft-lb
Venom GT
851 ft-lb
Corvette Z06
465 ft-lb

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

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Lotus Elise

The Lotus Elise is a true sportscar that has taken the world by storm, winning countless awards for handling, innovation and just pure fun.
This light weight bestowed the car with phenomenal acceleration and handling.

Lotus Elise

As with all Lotus products, the design is an exciting blend of dramatic style and functional efficiency.
The 2011 Elise range for the US and Canadian markets will consist of the following versions: *Lotus Elise – 1.8 liter, 4-cylinder engine with 189 hp and 133 ft.-lbs.
This new engine is 200cc smaller than the outgoing Elise S model and produces similar power (136 PS, 100 kW, 134 hp at 6800 rpm) with maximum torque of 160 Nm, 118 lbft at 4400 rpm, but offers a significant improvement to fuel economy of over 23%, to 6.14 litres / 100km (46 mpg)* and a reduction in CO2 emission by more than 13.
The impressive braking coupled with excellent handling gives good primary safety and the composite front crash structure and rear crash protection offers efficient secondary safety.

First Look: 2011 Lotus Elise

AutomobileMag News
To cut fuel economy and CO2 emissions, Lotus plans on offering a 1.6-liter I-4 in entry-level European-spec cars, but we wouldn't be surprised if Elises destined for North America continue to use the tried-and-true Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter four-cylinder.
The lower fascia receives a grille and side splitters that ape the Evora, while the upper air intake is also restyled for a resemblance.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Lotus
Year 1996-2001
Highway mileage 39 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.48 lb/hp
Maximum hp 118 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Maximum torque 122 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,800 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.15 in / 3.52 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,591 lb
Width 67 in
Height 47.3 in
Length 146.7 in
Front track width 56.7 in
Wheelbase 90.6 in

road tests

Top speed 124 mph
1/4 mile 14.4 s
0-60mph 6 s
0-100mph 17.4 s
Lateral acceleration 0.89 g
Tsukuba circuit time 1:09.70


Drivetrain RWD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears
Axle ratio 3.94:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 381/? 279
Rear wheels 406/? 356
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