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If the base Elise is not light enough, the even lighter Elise CR should satisfy the focussed driver’s needs. At just 848kgs, it offers a timelessly stylish, lightweight composite body, attached to an equally light aluminium alloy chassis-tub that forms the basis for several other Lotus models. This is is an Elise with focus. Yet, it is sturdy, 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 CR an amazing ride quality for a performance machine. It is Lotus years of experience and irrepressible talent that allow a car like Elise CR to be created.


Small capacity is not a hindrance to the Elise CR. 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 156bhp/tonne (159PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 127mph (204kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 45mpg (6.3l/100km) and CO2 emissions are pegged at just 149g/km. This is affordable sportscar ownership by any judgement.


Underpinning every Elise CR 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 simply outstanding. It allows the suspension to work more efficiently, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is exceptional. Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system and an Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) ensures that the maximum, safe use can be made of the power.


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, at the front, rear and sides. LED supplementary lighting makes your Elise CR easier to see. Its advanced braking system works with the driver to avoid unfortunate incidents. Twin airbags are part of the safety equipment.




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Elise Engine cover

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

Elise CR Interior

  • Focused minimalism
  • Trimmed in ergonomic padding 
  • Ultra-lightweight seats
  • Hip-hugging driving position
  • Small diameter, leather steering wheel rim
  • Stripped out interior
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows
  • Face-level air vents

Elise CR Wheels

  • 16-inch diameter front alloys
  • 17-inch diameter rear alloys
  • forged alloy style to save weight
  • Silver, or black, colour options

Elise Fuel filler detail

  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Styled for zero-lift
  • Taut and poised
  • Targeted efficiency
  • Almost 30kgs lighter than standard Elise
  • Matt Black trim
  • 3 standard, 3 CR unique colours

Elise CR 6 Speed transmission

  • 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
Weight Savings
 Elise CR
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 ratio156 hp/tonne (159 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.
 Elise CR
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 mass848 kg*
Fuel tank capacity40 litres
*Stated weight includes airbag deletion (See Weight Savings tab)
 Elise CR
Two-door, two-seater convertible bodystyleStandard
Matt black body feature panels, black wheels and rear diffuserStandard
Unique logo and decal kitStandard
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 topOption
Front mud flapsOption
Clear sill stone chip protection filmStandard
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with adjustable front anti-roll barStandard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rearStandard
Eibach coaxial coil springs, front and rearStandard
 Elise CR
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 LTS tyres 175/55 ZR16Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tyres 225/45 ZR17Standard
 Elise CR
Body colour seat shells and centre consoleStandard
Lightweight aluminium footwell dividerStandard
Lightweight aluminium passenger footrestOption
Polished aluminium gear knob and handbrake sleeveStandard
Black carpet matsOption
Pre-tensioning seatbeltsStandard
Engine start push buttonStandard
Central door lockingOption
Radio and CD/MP3 player, integrated iPod® connectivity, with 4 speakersOption
Immobiliser and remote activated alarmStandard
Driver and passenger air bags (Optional delete)Standard
Electric windowsStandard
Face level air-ventsStandard
Tyre puncture repair kitStandard
 Elise CR
Touring packNot Available  
Sport packNot Available
Black style packStandard
Comfort packOption
Power pack*Option
Standard paint:  Solid Red, British Racing GreenStandard

Metallic paint

Signature paintOption
Black soft topOption
Hard topOption
Air conditioningOption
Sport wheel, satin black, forged alloy, 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.
 Elise CR
Delete front mud flaps- 0.6 kg
Shower cape- 5.9 kg
Radio and speakers stripped out- 4.0 kg
Noise insulation and carpets stripped out- 4.5 kg
Optional airbag deletion- 4.0 kg
Central locking deletion- 0.3 kg
Lightweight rear Lotus badge- 60g
Forged Sport alloy wheels- 1.5 kg
Dealer fit lightweight battery- 5.4 kg
Dealer fit Power pack- 2.4 kg

Build Packages


A Black Style Pack is STANDARD and the only available package on the Elise CR. It 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

Standard Wheel - Satin Black Lightweight Cast

The Satin Black 14-Spoke Forged wheel fitted to the Elise CR.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise Standard wheel in black

Sport Wheel - Satin Black Forged

The Satin Black 14-Spoke Forged wheel may be specified as an option fit to the Elise CR.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise 14 spoke Forged wheel - Black

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.