New Elise has lower CO2 emissions, less drag and styling to match the Evora's

This is Lotus’s revised Elise, which promises a significant cut in CO2 emissions, improved fuel economy and styling more in line with that of its Evora stablemate.

The facelifted Elise has a wider stance thanks to its new front bumper, splitter and clamshell. It has a repositioned front light cluster featuring LED daytime running lights for the first time, and the Elise’s signature Lotus ‘mouth’ has been widened. At the rear, it gets a new bumper and engine cover.

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These styling tweaks mean the Elise has received a four per cent reduction in drag, helping fuel economy and reducing emissions.

Emissions in the new entry-level 1.6-litre S model, the first time a 1.6 has appeared in an Elise, have been cut by 13 per cent to 155g/km over the previous entry-level model. The 192bhp 1.8-litre R and the supercharged 217bhp SC now emit 196g/km and 199g/km of CO2 respectively.

Engine efficiency and performance have been optimised in the Toyota-sourced 1.6 powerplant through Valvematic and Dual VVT-i tech. A new six-speed, close-ratio gearbox has also been introduced; it’s fitted to all variants.

Other additions to the options list include two types of lightweight forged alloy wheels, and cruise control.

Prices will be revealed next month ahead of the car arriving in UK showrooms from April, but they’re unlikely to start much above the £26,550 of the current S.

Mark Tisshaw

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16 February 2010

Surely at least some of these are all new engines (for Lotus, not Toyota).

The base Elise used to have a 1.8 not a 1.6. I would guess the 1.6 is a version of the Toyota 3ZZ-FE engine, replacing the older design 1.8 1ZZ-FE engine (which is being discontinued by Toyota) in the base model.

Please give us the full story on exactly which toyota engines these are, Autocar.

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16 February 2010

[quote RacingPuma]

Surely at least some of these are all new engines (for Lotus, not Toyota).

The base Elise used to have a 1.8 not a 1.6. I would guess the 1.6 is a version of the Toyota 3ZZ-FE engine, replacing the older design 1.8 1ZZ-FE engine (which is being discontinued by Toyota) in the base model.

Please give us the full story on exactly which toyota engines these are, Autocar.

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Exactly what i was thinking. Have we had a 1.6 before? I dont think so.

16 February 2010

the 1.6 is the biggest news, yet it's written as if it is not relevant.

16 February 2010

new 1.6 130bhp and 118 lbft

old 1.8 134bhp and 121 lbft

but the new 6 speed box and reduced drag should make the performance the same. The 1.6 should be lighter too,

16 February 2010

not too sure about the new look on the elise the current one looks great in the right colour however im sure the underneath changes will make it an even better car! personally i think the vx220 turbo still looks better after all these years! just a pity vauxhall never made a new one :( but then i do have one so a bit biased

16 February 2010

Glad to see the article has now been updated to reflect the fact that the 1.6 is all new and thanks to beachland2 for the power and torque figures

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16 February 2010

The new face reminds me of a Ferrari California. I don't think it's as pretty as the old one, but the Elise has always been about engineering over looks, and it seems things have been further improved in that area. The 1.6 is good news, but I'd be intrigued by a 1.2 turbo Elise...

16 February 2010

I attended the 1995 London Motorshow where the brave and innovative little Elise was originally launched. This was at the same event as the then brand new MG F, the first Renault Megane, the original Nissan Almera, the Rover 400, Fiat Bravo/Brava, the first Vauxhall Vectra, the original Peugeot 406, the Volvo S4 (S40) and the unhappy looking, fish faced, little Ford Fiesta. Only one of those cars is still in production albeit in a reincarnated format (MG)and some have even been replaced twice and others 'deleted' entirely.

I know the Elise is a sports car fan's wetdream, that it's an epic drive and that I won't be popular for mentioning this. But I'll go ahead and ask anyway because I'm curious if anyone has any idea of the answer. I realise that the economies of scale, profit margins, engineering, manufacturing, processes, technologies and materials themselves are not really comparable to a mass manufactured car, but seriously, when will there be an all new car?

16 February 2010

Anything that makes it look more like an Evora is not good news, and I bet that the weight has gone up with the possible exception of the 1.6. I too like the idea of a smaller (perhaps 1.4) turbo, but I suspect the under bonnet temperatures would be hard to shield from the GRP.

PaulJ

16 February 2010

It looks absolutely stunning, as always. I wish Lotus started selling its cars in Israel :-(

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