The name Lotus is synonymous with sublime handling and poised vehicle dynamics around the world. The Elise leads the way with its lightweight, state-of-the-art, extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, allied to motorsport derived double wishbone suspension with body panels made from lightweight composite. Its unique design ensures an extremely rigid chassis, and the perfect foundation for an agile sports car.

Production combines high technology processes with hand finishing techniques, from chassis construction through to final assembly. Teams of specialists oversee every process ensuring Lotus’ high-quality engineering standards are met. With engineering effectiveness comes efficiency, allowing Lotus to extract every aspect of dynamic performance from each component – remaining true to founder Colin Chapmans’ original principle of performance through light weight.


A Lotus Elise is like a ‘glove on the hand’, a second skin channelling feedback into the driver's hands and feet via the steering wheel and pedals. Designed to deliver, it inspires confidence with precision control, perfect balance and pedigree dynamics. From its functional aerodynamics, to its mid-engined construction with optimum weight distribution, through to its race-derived components, such as Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs and track tuned braking system - the Elise’s dynamic intent is clear.

Proof of its prowess is the Lotus Cup race series: the Elise is as much at home on the circuit as it is on rural roads. It tracks superbly, sticking tight to the tarmac as you establish a rhythm and flow through the turns. But you’d expect that given its evolution at the famous Hethel test track.


Since its launch, the Elise has been hailed as one of the best sports cars that money can buy, creating perfect harmony between driver and machine. The latest generation to carry the evocative name retains the supple road holding, fluid dynamics and tactile feedback of the original and combines this with efficient performance and economy.

Its compelling agility is a given. The incredibly lightweight and stiff chassis and finely tuned wishbones and dampers, allied to Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) and sticky Yokohama tyres provide absolute handling precision. No other sports car tackles the open road with the verve of an Elise, where every driver input has such a clear and measurable effect on the car’s behaviour.

Offering wind-in-the-hair motoring in its purest form, the Elise’s personality can be quickly modified to suit your mood, with its character defining soft top and optional hard top ensuring driving thrills across all seasons.


The Elise handles the transition from open-road to urban grind with consummate ease. Its compact dimensions make navigating narrow city roads easy, and its distinctive styling ensures plenty of on-road presence.

Due a dose of retail therapy? You’ll be surprised how accommodating the rear stowage area is. While its unique combination of supercar looks and performance coupled with its low running costs and CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km in the standard Elise make it an exciting alternative for the city, bringing some fun to your everyday commute.


The Elise is a pure-bred sports car, offering exhilarating top-down motoring at an affordable price. Power is provided by an eager 1.6-litre engine, a lightweight in-line four, producing 134 hp with impressive CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km. In simple terms, supercar performance combined with city car economy.

The key to this superb balance of engine performance and efficiency is the Valvematic system, a variable valve lift mechanism which combines with dual VVT-i technology. The engine continuously controls valve timing and lift to vary the volume of airflow, ensuring optimal performance based on the engines operational condition. Access this performance via a 6 speed manual transmission with sports ratios.

Max Power 134 hp (136 PS) at 6800 rpm
Max Torque 118 lbft (160 Nm) at 4400 rpm
0 – 60 mph 6.0 seconds
0 – 100 km/h 6.5 seconds
Max Speed 127 mph (204 km/h)
Weight 876 kg


With the Elise CR, Lotus has gone even further to deliver the most tactile Elise ever – without losing an ounce of style. It wasn’t easy to find further areas for weight reduction in an already incredibly light car, but with a lot of attention to detail, Lotus has managed to make the Elise CR up to an amazing 24 kg lighter than the standard Elise. It’s a revelation – a pure driving experience, and some of the best fun you can have on four lightweight wheels.

Powered by the same 1.6-litre engine as the standard Elise, this stripped-back racer is an uncompromised sports machine that doesn’t just deliver on the road. Adjustable Eibach anti-roll bar and springs plus Bilstein sports dampers mean the Elise CR provides fingertip responsiveness on the racetrack too. Handling is assisted further with the latest Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system, and selectable Sport setting, giving the driver ultimate power and control.

Max Power 134 hp (136 PS) at 6800 rpm
Max Torque 118 lbft (160 Nm) at 4400 rpm
0 – 60 mph 6.0 seconds
0 – 100 km/h 6.5 seconds
Max Speed 127 mph (204 km/h)
Weight 852 kg*
*Stated weight includes all weight reductions


The latest addition to the Elise range is the supercharged S model, delivering 217 hp and 184 lbft of torque – astonishing performance from such a lightweight car. The ultimate evolution of the Elise, its 1.8 litre supercharged and charge cooled engine delivers instant acceleration with significant torque that’s accessible from low in the rev range. Select Sport mode and DPM characteristics alter for more engagement.

Performance dynamics are matched aesthetically and aerodynamically. The impressive Elise S is distinguished by a rear wing that arches over the car’s hind quarters, creating more downforce than the standard rear clamshell.

Max Power 217 hp (220 PS) at 6800 rpm
Max Torque 184 lbft (250 Nm) at 4600 rpm
0 – 60 mph 4.2 seconds
0 – 100 km/h 4.6 seconds
Max Speed 145 mph (234 km/h)
Weight 924 kg

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