£800 increase for facelifted entry-level Elise, despite having a smaller engine
11 March 2010

Lotus’s facelifted Elise has gone on sale priced from £27,450 for the entry-level model, an increase of £800 over the starting price of outgoing version.

The entry-level model is now just called Lotus Elise, dropping the S from the previous version. Power comes from a Toyota-sourced 1.6-litre engine with Valvematic, the smallest engine to ever appear in an Elise.

See pics of the facelifted Lotus Elise

It produces the same 134bhp as the 1.8 unit it replaces, although torque is down from 127lb ft to 118lb ft. Its CO2 emissions have been cut by 13 per cent to 155g/km over the previous entry-level model.

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.

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

The R and SC models have both had £1500 price rises over the outgoing Elises they replace, priced from £31,450 and £34,450 respectively.

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11 March 2010

Is the new 1.6 elise lighter than the 1.8 entry level elise it replaces? (making it better).

Answer: No, it's 876kgs.

But it does have the new 6 speed manual gearbox.

11 March 2010

I'm sure it's wonderful, but £27k for a plastic bodied car with a 1.6 Toyota engine... Come on. Caterham will sell you a kit from £13k.

11 March 2010

To Me, The Front Lights Look Like The One's Off The Ferrari California.

12 March 2010

Strangely nothing is said about performance of the new engine. With a drop in torque is the 0-62 better or worse than the old engine?

Personally I'd have liked to have seen performance (it's a sport car after all) increased over the existing model. CO2 emissions don't really get me that excited!

However, I'd also like to see a completely new car from Lotus. One worthy of the history.

12 March 2010

I would be sure that even if the 0-60mph would have been slower they would have setup the new gear ratios so that it hits 60mph quicker than before.

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