The more extreme Elise S is equally as surprising, with supercar performance but a fuel-sipping 37. The first major change for the second generation Elise came in summer 2002 when 111 and 111S models were introduced, both powered by a 156bhp version of the 1. There's more space in the boot than you might expect due to the space behind the wheel-arches and the depth room for luggage for two for a week, a case of wine, and the roof. Stopping short of the roll bar it no longer resembles an ill-fitting toupee and looks far better integrated. There's the base Elise, the Else S, Elise S Cup and Elise S Cup R. For what it is designed to do and the market that it is intended to target, my car is superb; in my opinion, the best that money can buy. The result is 190 horsepower 10 up on the Celica at 7800 rpm and 133 pound-feet of torque at 6800 rpm.
Nowadays, that's not the case but Elise values are still pretty firm, if not the solid gold investment they once were. Hoods are often leaky due to errant seals and you'll need to inspect the fibreglass around the two rearmost hood mounting points. Whilst many Elises will show low mileages on their odometers, it's safe to assume that those miles will largely have been spent being wrung out at ten-tenths. A neat rear diffuser sits beneath the twin exhausts and this is probably the view that many drivers will get when they challenge a 111 to a stoplight grand prix. This roofless car was a special edition, limited to only 340 cars being built.
It's like they just realised that they bought the wrong car or something. We seem to have been promising a fully certified, street-legal Lotus Elise for years. Because of its low weight, the Elise S1 lacked a brake servo and power steering, which gave it almost supernatural amounts of feel. Wheels are the usual size, but forged instead of cast alloy. As of the time of the switch the Rover engine would still have met the standards required of it for use in America. What to Look For The accelerator pivot bolt can work loose on the complex cable mechanism under the dash.
Back in the days of adventure and exploration, they would travel to the ends of the earth seemingly for the sheer thrill of it. Part of the difficulty in valuing Elise models is the fact that they rarely cover significant mileages and, as is frequently acknowledged, the amount of kits, options and aftermarket extras available mean that no two cars ever seem to be alike. Lotus Elise Series 1 The 1996 Lotus Elise weighed 725 kg 1,598 lb. The Series 2 Elise, announced on 9 October 2000, was a redesigned Series 1 using a slightly modified version of the Series 1 chassis to meet the new regulations, and the same engine with a brand new Lotus-developed. The 2005 Lotus Elise was the first to be sold commercially in the United States, in the summer of 2004. The entry-level model comes fitted with a 1.
If the problem has gone undetected for a while, the bolt threads will be damaged and it must be replaced. It has 60 percent more power but is only 14 percent heavier than the existing European model. Used prices for the Lotus Elise have had something of a roller coaster ride. The Elise has a body shell atop its bonded extruded aluminium chassis that provides a rigid platform for the suspension, while keeping weight and production costs to a minimum. An all-new Series 2 Elise line up was announced for the 2001 model year with sleeker styling and some modifications to the engine and suspension. Spring 2003 saw the introduction of the track-oriented Sport 135 as a model in its owne right. Not much this side of an exotic supercar will keep up with it on a racetrack.
The eight-spoke alloy wheels are the most obvious eye catcher, but the tyres are still the same size. At first it feels odd, but it soon becomes extremely comfortable. Wheels, engine, suspension, a driving position that almost sits you on the floor and a great deal of exposed aluminium and fresh air are what you're getting with an Elise. The Lotus Elise has come to represent everything that Lotus cars stand for. These also came with associated handling upgrades such as Lotus Sport Suspension and wider wheels with Yokohama Advan A048 tyres. The Elise is also one of the few cars on the road with no power steering, which results in a fantastic accuracy and amount of feel through the wheel.
It's a fair price for the nearest thing to a modern race car you can drive on the road but will discourage those who see it as a sexy little boulevard cruiser. Check the paperwork to make sure it's an original car and not a standard model brought up to spec after sale. Best to leave the hood off, the windows down and just step over the door. Throttle pedal bushes and seizing clutch pedals are not unknown, and you may well have to fix the passenger footrest down, as this can become noisy. The first major change for this second generation Elise came in summer 2002 when 111 and 111S models were introduced, both powered by a 156bhp version of the 1. The Rover K Series engine is a hardy little beast, the main problem being that later cars leak coolant from the sealings around their plastic intake manifolds.
Weight remained a Lotus-claimed 1,987 lb 901 kg ; just 3 pounds 1. It pulls all the way up to redline with some added emphasis at the top end of the rpm spectrum. The chassis was made of bonded aluminium, and the Elise was only available with a five-speed manual gearbox. The moment you press the throttle pedal, the 340R leaps off the line with alarming intensity. An all-new Elise line up was announced for the 2001 model year with sleeker styling and some modifications to the engine and suspension. All Lotus Elise cars manufactured after 1 January 2007 include the new headlights and 2. Archived from on 7 December 2008.