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2011 Lotus Elise
Lotus has just revealed the first details on the 2011 Elise face-lift. The new sports car will go on sale this April, and in UK will be priced at 26,550 GBP.

The important upgrades come under the hood. For starters, the whole range now gets a new six-speed transmission. Secondly, power from the 1.8-liter Toyota four is up slightly to 192HP for naturally-aspirated and 217HP in the supercharged version. But the big news is also a new engine in the entry-level S model — a 1.6-liter engine (the first time a 1.6 has appeared in an Elise) with Valvematic and Dual VVT-i technology.

The new sports car is built on a new lightweight structure of epoxy bondedaluminium alloy extrusions with integral steel seat-belt support structure and lightweight steel rear sub-frame and comes equipped with fully independent suspension utilizing unequal length wishbones, Bilstein mono-tube gas damper, Eibach coaxial coil spring at each corner and front anti-roll bar.





It's about f'ing time Lotus refreshed the Elise. I'm glad they also dialed up the 2ZZ's power a smidgen.

Anyways, I like the Evora-esque treatment to it.
 

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The 1.6 would be entry level indeed. The 1ZR-FAE makes 130hp and 118 lb/ft.
 

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:drool:

although, that shot of the rear end makes it look REALLY high up now?
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Yes!

Just need to drop it a bit, tint the windows and get some flat-black wheels and it is perfect.
 

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:drool:

although, that shot of the rear end makes it look REALLY high up now?
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Something about it does it make look like that.
It's got to be those damn wheels, they're too big.
 

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The front looks like they took it right off of a Ferrari California.
 

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The Lotus Elise revolutionised the sportscar market 14 years ago when the small lightweight agile 2-seat mid engine sportscar was introduced. By ensuring that the Elise stuck rigidly to Lotus’ core values of performance through light weight, the Elise was able to produce supercar performance with city car economy.

Making its debut at the 80th International Geneva Motorshow, the 2011 model year Lotus Elise introduces a number of changes and improvements to maintain its class leading position.

For the 2011 model year, the Elise range will consist of the following variants:
 

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Cliffs?

And I would hardly say the Elise revolutionized anything.
 

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46 mpg for the base model . . . . wowsa.

Those are some pretty ****ty top speeds. My Civic is faster than an Elise SC. WOOHOO!
 

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Lotus Elise's emissions record
The facelifted Lotus Elise will emit 149g/km of CO2 - 16 per cent less than the current model.

Lotus claims the emissions figures make the Elise "the lowest CO2 [car] for its performance level for any gasoline sports car in the world." The figures equate to a 56.1mpg average on the extra urban cycle.

The low emissions are boosted by the car's low weight (876kg versus 1334kg for the Porsche Boxster), while it is also four per cent more aerodynamic and the 1.6-litre VVT-i powerplant is smaller, but as powerful as the outgoing 1.8-litre unit.


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46 mpg for the base model . . . . wowsa.

Those are some pretty ****ty top speeds. My Civic is faster than an Elise SC. WOOHOO!
i dunno. I don't think the top speed is because of the engine, but because safeguards on the stability of the car itself. :eek:

I mean, DAMN! Do you want your-cart flip on ya? haha.
 

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i dunno. I don't think the top speed is because of the engine, but because safeguards on the stability of the car itself. :eek:

I mean, DAMN! Do you want your-cart flip on ya? haha.
the car has TONS of downforce - that's why it has such a low top speed.

That and its relatively torque-free engine.
 

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Update!

New Lotus Elise reviewed

Lotus has introduced a new entry-level Elise with a 1.6-liter Toyota engine. As good as the old 1.8?


Light, fantastic

Very slightly slower

Technical highlights?

It's the first Elise ever to have a 1.6-liter engine. It uses Toyota’s Valvematic system, which works directly on the inlet valves rather than using throttles, meaning greater efficiency and increased fuel economy. Lotus reckons that with a suitably conservative right foot you can get 500 miles from one fill of the 40-liter tank - to save you doing the calculations yourself, that means averaging 56.8mpg.

What’s it like to drive?

The chassis and suspension set up remain the same as the previous generation car, so it’s business as usual when it comes to ride and handling, which is very good news. Sublime control and balance matched to fantastically involving steering mean it’s a true joy to thread down springtime lanes. The drop in torque over the 1.8-liter means that the engine really needs to be revved to get the most out of it, but when you get it spinning it’s got plenty of character.



 
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