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Responding to a demand for more power and torque, Lotus took its super-lightweight Elise, added 200cc to the engine, along with an Eaton supercharger to turn ‘bristling’ into ‘blistering’ performance. Of course, a vibrant performance envelope is helped immeasurably by the weight conscious nature of the Elise. The Elise S is the result. Despite a dramatic power increase, the overall kerbweight of the Elise S increases by only 105lbs (48kgs) over the stock Elise. As a result, its power to weight ratio is a significant 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1,000kg). The result is soul-stirring performance to keep you ahead of the crowd. Driving purity in reality.


A modest increase in engine capacity to 1.8-litres, its induction supplemented by an Eaton supercharger, means that the power takes an upwards hike to an outstanding 217bhp (220PS). Select the first of the Elise S, six, close-ratio gears and the forwards delivery is guaranteed to startle. Its 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 145mph (234kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 37.5mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO2 emissions are only 175g/km. Lotus proves that sportscar ownership can remain affordable.


Underpinning every Elise S 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 remains outstanding, even with a substantial power increase. It allows the suspension to work most efficiently, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is unquestionably excellent. An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any over-exuberance (for which you ought to 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 at the front, rear and on both sides. LED supplementary lighting makes your Elise S easier to see both day and night. 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 S Engine cover

  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 217bhp (220PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Aero-optimised
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Bristling acceleration

Elise S 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

  • 17-inch diameter front alloys
  • 18-inch diameter rear alloys
  • 14-spoke cast alloy style
  • Optional 6 V-spoke cast alloy wheels
  • Silver, or black, colour options
  • Forged alloy options

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 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds)



Performance and Emissions
Engine, Transmission and Dimensions
Body and Suspension
Steering, Brakes and Wheels
Interior Specification
Options and Option Packs
 Elise S
Max power217 hp at 6800 rpm (220 PS) (162 kW)
Max torque184 lbft at 4600 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph4.2 seconds
0-100 km/h4.6 seconds
Max speed145 mph (234 km/h)
Power to weight ratio235 hp/tonne (238 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban27.3 (10.3)
Extra Urban47.6 (5.9)
Combined37.5 (7.5)
CO2 emissions173 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 S
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVSTM technologyStandard
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 differentialsStandard
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)Standard
Length3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors1719 mm
Height1117 mm
Wheelbase2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass924 kg
Fuel tank capacity40 litres
 Elise S
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
 Elise S
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
 Elise S
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
 Elise S
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


  • Solid Red
  • Racing Green
  • Metallic White
  • Metallic Yellow
  • Metallic Black
  • Metallic Grey
  • Metallic Silver
  • Metallic Orange
  • Metallic Blue
  • Elise Grey

Build Packages


The standard S Silver Y-type 6 spoke lightweight cast wheel fitted to the Elise S.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise S Standard Y Type Cast Wheel - Silver


The standard S Satin Black Y-type 6 spoke lightweight cast wheel can be specified as part of the Black Style Pack for Elise S. See details of Black Style Pack.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise S Standard Y Type Cast Wheel - Black

Sport Wheel - Silver Forged

The Silver 14-Spoke Forged wheel can be specified as an option fit on Elise S.

(16" Front/17" Rear)

Elise 14 Spoke Forged wheel - Silver

Sport Wheel - Satin Black Forged

The Satin Black 14-Spoke Forged wheel can be specified as an option fit on Elise S as part of the Black Style Pack. 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 Weight924 kg
Power217 hp at 6,800
from 0 - 100 km/h (0 - 62 mph)
4.2 sec
Top speed145 mph
Fuel consumption*
Combined in l/100 km (mpg)
7.5 (37.5)
CO2 emissions in g/km175