2009 Lotus Elise  -  $48,175


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $48,175
Base Invoice: $0
Destination Charge: $925
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr Conv
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 23 | City: 21 | Hwy: 27
Body Style: 2dr Conv
Transmission: 6-speed close ratio manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 1.8L DOHC MPFI 16-valve VVTL-i mid-mounted I4 engine

Pros

Distinctive roadster styling; 0-60 in less than five seconds; fuel economy; fun weekend racer


Model Highlights

This car has been available in Europe for a decade, while the U.S. had to wait until 2005 for the roadster to hit American shores. In the years since, little has changed for the Elise. A few variants have been made available, like the SC supercharged version, and new paint colors have been added to the two standard-issue choices.

There are two trim levels available in 2009: the base Elise and the supercharged Elise SC. The base car has a mid-mounted 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 189 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque. The SC supercharges that same engine, for 218 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.

Both editions of the car are rear-wheel drive, with a 6-speed manual transmission. And, while both cars have a top speed of 150 mph, the base model can do 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, while the SC reaches 60 from a standing start in 4.4 seconds. The rounded Lotus design and the Toyota engine add up to a fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway -- stellar for a car that goes this fast.

Standard features include tire pressure monitoring, stowage bag for the soft top, LED taillights, daytime running lights, independent suspension and cast-alloy wheels. The standard anti-lock braking system comes with Lotus/AP Racing and Brembo calipers, plus 4-wheel ventilated, cross-drilled disc brakes.

The interior of the Elise is spartan, which isn't unusual in a car built for speed. Air conditioning and push-button start are standard, as is a leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, aluminum gearshift knob and handbrake trim and 4-speaker CD stereo. When weight and space are at a premium, four speakers is all a car gets.

Options include a hard top, limited-slip differential and traction control. More options are available as part of packages. The Touring package upgrades the soft top's insulation and the stereo system and adds full carpet and full leather seats. The Sport pack upgrades the wheels to forged silver alloy and adds sport-tuned suspension, twin oil coolers, traction control, and sport seats. This package reduces the overall weight of the Elise, normally 1,984 lbs, by 20 lbs.


Model News

There are a few changes for 2009, such as a standard tire pressure monitoring system. Interior upgrades include a high-definition LCD panel, reduced clutter in the dashboard, and customizable display options. The new integrated key design also includes an alarm/immobilizer system.


Value Writeup

Lotus takes the sports car mentality to heart, with slippery curves, an open top and a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. The 4-cylinder Toyota-sourced engine may seem small, but there is not an ounce of extra weight on the Elise, which keeps both the sticker price low and fun quotient high.


Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
27 MPG

Cruising Range - City
222.60 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
21 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
23 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
286.20 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4

Displacement
1.8L/110

Fuel System
MPFI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
189 @ 7800

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
133 @ 6800

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.48

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.17

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53

EPA Classification
Two Seater

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6

Passenger Capacity
2

Wheelbase
90.5 in

Length, Overall
149.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.8 in

Height, Overall
44.0 in

Track Width, Front
57.4 in

Track Width, Rear
59.2 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.3 in

Base Curb Weight
1984 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent

Suspension Type - Rear
Independent

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size
P175/50R16

Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17

Front Wheel Size
16 x 5.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Alloy

Rear Wheel Material
Alloy

Steering Type
Manual

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
32.8 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
10.6 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
2

Drivetrain Miles/km
Unlimited

Corrosion Years
8

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
09V179000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 22, 2009

Component
WHEELS:CAP/COVER/HUB

Potential Number of Units Affected
27

Summary
LOTUS IS RECALLING 27 MODEL YEAR 2009 ELISE AND EXIGE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 14 THROUGH MAY 5, 2009. THE REAR HUB FLANGE BOLTS ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES MAY BE UNDER-TORQUED AND MAY BECOME LOOSE. IF THAT OCCURS, AN INSECURE HUB COULD LEAD TO DEGREDATION IN VEHICLE HANDLING, AND A RUBBING NOISE FROM THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE.

Consequence
IF THE PROBLEM IS NOT ADDRESSED PROMPTLY, THE DRIVER COULD LOSE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, RESULTING IN A CRASH.

LOTUS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY/JUNE 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT LOTUS TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-245-6887.

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

1.8L DOHC MPFI 16-valve VVTL-i mid-mounted I4 engine

6-speed close ratio manual transmission w/OD

Rear wheel drive

Lightweight aluminum chassis

Independent front/rear suspension w/unequal length wishbones

Eibach coaxial coil springs, Bilstein gas shock absorbers

Front stabilizer bar

Manual steering

Front AP Racing/rear Brembo pwr vented cross-drilled disc brakes

Central twin exhaust

16" x 5.5" 8-spoke cast alloy front wheels w/silver finish

17" x 7.5" 8-spoke cast alloy rear wheels w/silver finish

P175/50R16 Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS performance front tires

P225/45R17 Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS performance rear tires

Composite fiberglass body

Black cloth removable soft top w/storage bag

Rear spoiler

Aerodynamic rear diffuser

Front mud guards

High intensity projection beam headlights

LED taillights

Dual body color manual mirrors

Tinted glass

Intermittent windshield wiper

Alpine AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player, (4) speakers

Front bucket seats w/manual recline & integral headrests

Black cloth seat trim w/ProBax anatomical padding

Carpet foot mats

Leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel

Instrumentation -inc: high definition LCD message panel, customizable display options, progressive shift lights, tachometer

Pwr central locking

Remote keyless entry system w/multi-function remote

Anti-theft system w/immobilizer & alarm

Engine start button

Air conditioning

Polished aluminum shift knob & handbrake sleeve

Dual black leather sun visors

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Daytime running lights

Side guard door beams

Driver & passenger airbags

Front outboard 3-point seatbelts

Tire pressure monitor

 
SOLID PAINT
$0

 
METALLIC PAINT
$0

 
LIFESTYLE PAINT
$0

 
LIMITED PAINT
$0

 
EXCLUSIVE PAINT
$0

 
CUSTOM PAINT
$0

 
ARDENT RED
$0

 
BRITISH RACING GREEN
$0

 
ARCTIC SILVER
$590

 
CANYON RED
$590

 
PERSIAN BLUE
$590

 
LIQUID BLUE
$590

 
STARLIGHT BLACK
$590

 
SOLAR YELLOW
$590

 
STORM TITANIUM
$590

 
ASPEN WHITE
$1,200

 
CHROME ORANGE
$1,200

 
GRAPHITE GRAY
$1,200

 
ISOTOPE GREEN
$1,200

 
LASER BLUE
$1,200

 
PHANTOM BLACK
$1,200

 
CANDY RED
$3,300

 
ICE WHITE
$3,300

 
BURNT ORANGE
$3,300

 
PRISM GREEN
$5,100

 
MOONSTONE SILVER
$5,100

 
CUSTOM COLOR
$0

 
TOURING PKG
$1,600

 
SPORT PKG
$2,600

 
LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
$1,790

 
STARSHIELD
$995

 
BODY-COLORED INSULATED HARD TOP
$1,475

 
LOTUS TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM
$495

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