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New entry level Lotus Elise

By SYF77 on 24 Feb 2010

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The Elise is entering the 2011 model year with a host of updates including styling and mechanical tweaks, as well as the introduction of a new entry-level model with a Toyota-sourced 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

The facelifted model is distinguished by the new fascia featuring a redesigned hood, new bumper with a wider grille, and reshaped headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights for the first time. The restyled rear bumper and engine cover along with new alloy wheel designs complete the aesthetic upgrades.

More important changes are found under the hood with the 2011 Elise gaining a new entry-level 'S' model powered by a Toyota-sourced 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which enables the revised Eliase to do the century sprint in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 200km/h. This new engine is 200cc smaller than the outgoing Elise S 1.8L model and produces the same output (134HP at 6,800 rpm) but slightly less torque (160 Nm vs 172Nm). However, it offers an improvement in fuel economy of more than 23%. Both the 189bhp 1.8L 'R' and 217bhp 1.8L supercharged versions boast better fuel economy and emissions as compared to the outgoing models.

Finally, all 2011 Elise models benefit from a new six-speed manual gearbox. Perhaps, Lotus should consider developing a twin-clutch equipped Elise to cater to buyers who want the convenience of an automatic transmission with negligible reduction in performance.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Ragingbull Feb 22 2010 02:56 PM
Err...I hate the front lamps...it feels so....Ferrari California from the angle in the photo.

And the rear is ridiculously similar hahaha. I still love the mach 1 though.
Sw20 Feb 24 2010 12:03 PM
Last paragraph is nonsense.... here is the quote:

Finally, all 2011 Elise models benefit from a new six-speed manual gearbox. Perhaps, Lotus should consider developing a twin-clutch equipped Elise to cater to buyers who want the convenience of an automatic transmission with negligible reduction in performance.

The Lotus is a company who develops drivers' cars. If you cannot drive a manual then too bad. Anyhow, You can always buy an after market sequential gearbox.

Do your home work while writing on this car. Is sad that people like you demand too much for a go-kart like car which alot of people like.

Initially, Lotus never equip their cars with ABS nor Air bags... it even had no air-con....
For comfort and safety sake.. they installed the minimun.

Have you driven one to know what the car is about?
Ragingbull Feb 24 2010 04:58 PM
Sw20 you said it yourself. They initially never did equip their cars with ABS or air bags but they now have in the name of safety.

And in that same way they will go towards sequential and dual clutch tech. They're already offering a more "family man" oriented car in the Lotus Evora and I'm very certain their next offering after the Esprit replacement will feature something more mass market friendly.

Then again if they don't...I won't be crying. Looking forward to owning one of these manual adrenalin generators.
Watwheels Feb 24 2010 09:45 PM
Sw20 is FOS. Lotus emphasis is to build light weight cars that can go around bends faster dan any cars on the track. If a twin-clutch or sequential gearbox would to weigh much less why would they even consider a six speed manual?

If Colin Chapman were to be alive today and read your comment on ABS, airbags and air-con. He would probably chuckle and called you a PUSSY! And I would strongly agree with him. Oh, btw it does not even have power windows, you have to manually wind the windows down.

If you want twin clutch gearbox, comfort, safety, ABS, airbags, air-con and the works, go get an Audi or VW. Dun come here to comment about Lotus and embarrass yourself.

Xefera Feb 25 2010 09:32 AM
the front bumper seems to have suffer from pedestrian safety.
Sw20 Feb 25 2010 04:38 PM
Watwheels.... ya your nick sounds like it is :)
No idea what you're talking about....

Anyhow, I'm one of the few who owns a car whereby, has no ABS, no traction control, no power steering.... just RAW driving... That is what Lotus is about... raw driving feel.

Like you said.... if you want a car with auto or whatever, but manual and lots of goodies.... GO FOR NSX biggrin.gif
Relagsingh Feb 25 2010 10:36 PM

i would suggest that u read Sw20's post properly. Again.
Yattokame Feb 28 2010 08:11 AM
lotus do come with power windows as an option
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