2011 Lotus Elise Preview

2011 Lotus EliseCritical Knowledge:
  • New body design
  • New integrated headlamps with LED daytime running lights
  • Improved aerodynamics
  • Available forged alloy wheels
Founded in 1948 by Colin Chapman, an avid engineer and racing enthusiast, the first Lotus was hand-built in a garage. Many years-and numerous models-later, the first Lotus Elise two-seater was introduced in 1996, returning the automaker to its roots with a lightweight, superb handling and fun-to-drive sports car. In that sense, the Elise was (and is today) true to the late Colin Chapman's philosophy that a "proper sports car" should not only be lightweight, it should also handle and ride superbly, and offer great driver satisfaction.

For 2011, the low-production automaker has treated its Elise lineup to a facelift-the first since its introduction many years ago. Distinguished by new integrated headlamps (with LED daytime running lights), the new, sleek bodywork is more aerodynamic, improving the Elise's high-speed acceleration and economy, the company says. Mechanically, the 2011 Lotus Elise and Elise SC are essentially unchanged from the current model, with the same 1.8-liter, 189-horsepower (Elise) or 218-horsepower (Elise SC) Toyota-built and Lotus-tuned engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

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