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How many compact sportscars can blast from 0-60mph in just 6.0 seconds (0-100kph in 6.5secs)? The super-light Elise 1.6 can at just 1,931lbs (876kgs). It is the timelessly stylish, lightweight composite body, attached to an equally light aluminium alloy chassis-tub that forms the basis for several other Lotus models. That’s what does it. Yet, it is strong, which allows its suspension to work impressively, resisting body roll but remaining taut enough for the ultimate sportscar thrills, while retaining damping compliance that affords the Elise an astonishingly good ride quality. It is Lotus years of experience and irrepressible talent that allow a car like Elise to be created.


Small capacity is not a hindrance to the entry-level Elise. Its multi-valve 1.6-litre engine delivers a sparkling 134bhp (136PS). Select the first of its six close-ratio gears and the forwards delivery is electric. Its 153bhp/tonne (155PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 127mph (204kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 45mpg (6.3l/100km) and CO2 emissions are just 149g/km. This is affordable sportscar ownership by any judgement.


Underpinning every Elise is the most efficient, strongest and low weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub. Based on more than 60 years of racing car developments, its torsional rigidity is outstanding. It allows the suspension to work most effectively, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is exceptional. An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any over-exuberance (for which you can be forgiven).


However inelegant some safety features can be, Lotus incorporates them within its cars as elements of the design package. The lightweight chassis is protected by safety zones. LED supplementary lighting makes your Elise easier to see. Its advanced braking system works with the driver to avoid unfortunate incidents. Twin airbags are part of the safety equipment.

Top Speed



0 - 60 MPH










Elise Engine cover

  • Fuel-injected
  • 1.6-litre engine develops 134hp (136PS)
  • Delivers meaty 118lbs ft (160Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Aero-optimised
  • Light and agile
  • Open differential
  • Brisk acceleration

Elise 1.6 Interior

  • Focused minimalism
  • Trimmed in cloth
  • Lightweight seats
  • Hip-hugging driving position
  • Small diameter, leather steering wheel rim
  • 4-speaker stereo system
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows
  • Central door-locking
  • Face-level air vents

Elise Wheels and Tyres Feature

  • 16-inch diameter front alloys
  • 17-inch diameter rear alloys
  • 12-spoke cast alloy style
  • Silver or black colour options
  • Optional 6 spoke, Y-type cast alloy wheels
  • Optional Forged alloy wheels

Elise Fuel filler detail

  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Styled for zero-lift
  • Maximum down force
  • Taut and poised
  • Targeted efficiency

ELISE 6 Speed Manual feature

  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Slick changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • Fast rev-drop between shifts
  • 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds)



Performance and Emissions
Engine, Transmission and Dimensions
Body and Suspension
Steering, Brakes and Wheels
Interior Specification
Options and Option Packs
Max power134 hp at 6800 rpm (136 PS) (100kW)
Max torque118 lbft at 4400 rpm (160 Nm)
0-60 mph6.0 seconds
0-100 km/h6.5 seconds
Max speed127 mph (204 km/h)
Power to weight ratio153 hp/tonne (155 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban34.0 (8.3)
Extra Urban56.0 (5.0)
Combined45.0 (6.3)
CO2 emissions149 g/km
* Performance results may vary depending upon the specification of the particular vehicle, environmental conditions, driving style and other factors. MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results. Published MPG figures and performance results are intended for comparisons between vehicles only. Verification of performance results should not be attempted on public roads . Lotus recommends that all local speed and safety laws must be obeyed and safety belts worn at all times.
All alloy, 1.6 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i and Valvematic, 16-valveStandard  
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel driveStandard
Multi-point sequential fuel injection and direct ignition systemStandard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control systemStandard
6 speed manual with sports ratiosStandard
Constant mesh helical gears and open differentialStandard
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)Standard
Length3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors1719 mm
Height1117 mm
Wheelbase2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass876 kg
Fuel tank capacity40 litres
Two-door, two-seater convertible bodystyleStandard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structureStandard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structureStandard
Door side impact beamsStandard
Composite body panelsStandard
Aerodynamically optimised rear diffuserStandard
LED front daylight lamps with integrated direction indicatorsStandard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicatorsStandard
Black soft topStandard
Front mud flapsStandard
Clear sill stone chip protection filmStandard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with front anti-roll barStandard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rearStandard
Eibach coaxial coil springs, front and rearStandard
Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinionStandard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers, Brembo single-piston sliding rear-calipersStandard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rearStandard
Track tuned ABS systemStandard
Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA]Standard
Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD]Standard
Cornering Brake Control [CBC]Standard
Lotus Dynamic Performance Management [Lotus DPM]Standard
Lightweight cast alloy wheels, 16" front and 17" rearStandard
Front Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 175/55 ZR16Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 225/45 ZR17Standard
Lightweight aluminium footwell dividerStandard
Black leather steering wheelStandard
Polished aluminium gear knob and handbrake sleeveStandard
Black carpet matsStandard
Cloth seats with composite structureStandard
Pre-tensioning seatbeltsStandard
Engine start push buttonStandard
Central door lockingStandard
Radio and CD/MP3 player, integrated iPod® connectivity, with 4 speakersStandard
Immobiliser and remote activated alarmStandard
Driver and passenger air bagsStandard
Electric windowsStandard
Face level air-ventsStandard
Tyre puncture repair kitStandard
Touring packOption  
Sport packOption
Black style packOption
Power Pack*Option
Metallic paintOption
Signature paintOption
Hard topOption
Air conditioningOption
Sport wheel, satin black, forged 14-spoke (16' front and 17" rear)**Option
* Dealer fit accessory, for track use only. Use of the vehicle on track or in a competitive manner is not endorsed by Lotus. Participation in use off road, including on closed circuit tracks or for use in a competitive manner, including timed laps or runs will invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty and the vehicle will require appropriate levels of expert vehicle preparation and servicing. Lotus reserves the right to modify prices, specifications and options without prior notice. Please consult your local Lotus dealer for more information. MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and may not reflect real driving results. Published MPG figures and performance results are intended for comparisons between vehicles only. Verification of performance results should not be attempted on public roads. Lotus recommends that all local speed and safety laws must be obeyed and safety belts worn at all times. Errors and omissions excepted.
** Sports pack required

Build Packages

Standard Wheel - Silver Lightweight Cast

The standard silver 12-spoke lightweight cast wheel fitted to 1.6 Elise.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise Standard wheel in silver

Standard Wheel - Satin Black Lightweight Cast

The standard black 12-spoke lightweight cast wheel can be specified in black as part of the Black Style Pack for 1.6 Elise. See details of Black Style Pack.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise Standard wheel in black

Sport Wheel - Silver Forged

The Silver 14-Spoke Forged wheel may be specified as an option fit.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise 14 Spoke Forged wheel - Silver

Sport Wheel - Satin Black Forged

The Satin Black 14-Spoke Forged wheel may be specified as an option fit as part of the Black Style Pack for 1.6 Elise. See details of Black Style Pack..

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise 14 spoke Forged wheel - Black


Black cloth is fitted as standard. The Touring Pack adds leather trimmed seats and padded leather door panels with perforated leather inserts, in a choice of colours - Ebony, Ivory , Venom, and Cognac. It also includes leather trimmed centre console, perforated black leather handbrake lever gaiter, black carpet mats with embroidered Elise logo, noise insulation panelling, auxilliary driving lights, iPod® stereo connection, trinket tray divider and cup holder, and cruise control.

Ebony Leather

Elise Touring pack seat-Black

Ivory Leather

Elise Touring pack seat-Ivory

Venom Leather

Elise Touring pack seat-Venom red

Cognac Leather

Elise Touring pack seat-Cognac
Elise Standard Sport seat - black cloth


The Sport Pack includes a black cloth trimmed sport seat, Bilstein sports dampers, silver forged 14-spoke wheels (16" Front/17" Rear), and Sports mode for Lotus DPM. For black leather or Suedtex® trimmed sport seat both the Sport Pack and Touring Pack must be selected together.

Elise Sport and Touring pack combined - seat options


The lightweight sport seats are available as part of the Sport Pack. If the Sport pack only is chosen the seats are in black cloth. If both Sport and Touring pack are selected together then there is a choice between black leather (shown left)or a combination of black leather and Suedetex® (shown right). The sport seat provides unparalleled levels of support and comfort for driver and passenger.


A Black Style Pack is available as an option on the Elise that comprises specified wheel option choice in black, black roof and a black rear diffuser.

Elise Black Style pack option -  Front

Elise Black Style pack option - Back

Elise Black Style pack option -  Front

Elise Hard top option


A hard top option is available on all Elise models. Body colour must be specified when ordering.

Elise Air Conditioning Option


Air conditioning is available on all Elise models as an option.

Unladen Weight876 kg
Power134 hp at 6,800
from 0 - 100 km/h (0 - 62 mph)
6.5 sec
Top speed127 mph
Fuel consumption*
Combined in l/100 km (mpg)
6.3 (45.0)
CO2 emissions in g/km149