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  Lotus Elise S1
1996 - 2001
Lotus Elise S1
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Specification
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Sportscar
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Convertible
Layout Mid Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Number Built  
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 4 cyl
Capacity
110 in3 
Max Power
118 bhp @5500rpm 
Max Torque
122 lb/ft @3000rpm 
Power to Weight
166 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
171 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 66 bhp/litre 
Compression 10.5:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.15 X 3.52 in 
Fuel Cons
39 mpg 
Emissions 177 g/Km Co2 
Performance
Top Speed
126 mph 
0 - 30 mph
1.9 sec 
0 - 60 mph
5.7 sec 
0 - 100 mph
17.8 sec 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
5.9 sec 
Standing qtr Mile
14.6sec @95mph 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn 0.89 g 
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
147.0 in 
Width
67.0 in 
Height
47.0 in 
Weight
1594 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 5.5 X 15
7 X 16 
Tyres (F/R) 185/55 VR15
205/50 VR15 
Fuel Capacity
8.8 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £10000 - £12000
 
Profile

Lotus went back to their original philosophy of performance through light weight with the Elise, the spiritual successor to the Seven.

Exceptional handling is the result thanks to an innovative, lightweight Aluminium chassis (a production car first). The rather spartan interior also helps to keep the weight down and precision VARI mouldings give it a quality feel. The Elise proved so popular at launch that order books were full for 18 months! Early models in fact appreciated in value for a time until supply eventually caught up.

The base model has since been supplemented with a string of more powerful models like the 111S, Sport 135, Sport 160 and ultimately the Sport 190. The Elise because the Elise S2 in 2001 with a hugely successful cosmetic and handling upgrade.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
71% 67% 24% 11
Ranks 301 of 771 Ranks 448 of 771 Ranks 34 of 771 Ranks 152 of 771

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Variants
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Lineage
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Elise S1

(1996 - 2001)
  

Elise S2 111S

(2002 - 2005)

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