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.
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.