2011 Lotus Elise  -  $52,970


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $52,970
Base Invoice: $0
Destination Charge: $1,125
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; lightweight with no-frills; excellent fuel economy; a fun weekend racer


Model Highlights

The Elise is a track-ready car with minimal interior comforts, nearly no cargo space and a rock-hard suspension. It's also one of the fastest, best-handling cars available. It offers supercar acceleration and handling in a striking design. The base Elise gets to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and the SC trim is a tenth of a second slower, but has a smoother power curve, making it slightly more drivable day-to-day.

But the secret to the Elise's abilities is its light weight. The base Elise tips the scales at an extremely svelte 1,984 lbs. The Toyota-sourced 1.8L 4-cylinder engine only makes 189 horsepower, but with so little car to push around, it allows the engine's free-revving spirit to shine. The Elise SC utilizes a supercharger to allow the engine to make more power, pushing it to 218 horses, while the vehicle gains a mere 22 lbs. The supercharger also mellows out the Elise engine's neurotic character a bit, making the power curve more progressive. This makes the Elise SC the one to choose if it's to be driven anywhere but on the track.

The interior of the Elise is spartan, which isn't unusual for a car built for speed. Standard features include air conditioning, HID headlights, an anti-theft system, a leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, aluminum gearshift knob and handbrake trim, a premium audio system and performance tires. Individual options include a hard top, limited-slip differential, leather seats and traction control.

Standard safety and performance features include front and side air bags, a tire pressure monitoring, stowage bag for the soft top, LED taillights, daytime running lights 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 Touring package upgrades the soft top's insulation and the stereo system and adds full carpet and leather seats. The Sport package upgrades the car's wheels to forged silver alloy and adds sport-tuned suspension, twin oil coolers, traction control and sport seats. (This package also reduces the overall weight of the Elise by 20 pounds.) The new Performance Package includes almost everything in both the Touring and the Sport Packages, as well other customizable options.


Model News

Minimal changes have been made to the Elise line for 2011. The most notable updates include slightly revised styling at the front clamshell, rear bumper and an engine cover. New headlights have also been fitted, with LED daytime running lights and LED turn signals. Improved aerodynamics aid in achieving greater fuel economy and new cast and forged wheels give it an updated look. In the interest of saving weight, one of the new sets of wheels weighs only 65 lbs total.


Value Writeup

The Lotus Elise has been available in Europe for more than 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 racer. People who buy the Elise are interested in a track car that can occasionally be driven in town. It is lightweight outside and in, and is not intended for casual use. But, when used properly, the Elise provides intense handling and supercar responsiveness. The 4-cylinder Toyota-sourced engine inside the 2011 Elise provides reliability and surprising fuel economy at 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1

EPA Classification
Two Seater

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6

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
190 @ 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

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
11V541000

Mfg's Report Date
OCT 27, 2011

Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL:FLASHER UNIT

Potential Number of Units Affected
52

Summary
LOTUS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 ELISE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 2010, THROUGH FEBRUARY 2011, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE VEHICLES WERE FITTED WITH TURN SIGNAL MODULES WHICH WERE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE REVISED FRONT HEADLIGHT CONFIGURATION WHICH INCLUDES THE INTEGRAL FRONT LED TURN SIGNAL UNITS. THE INCOMPATIBLE MODULE MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS CAUSE ALL THE LED TURN SIGNAL LAMPS TO FLASH AT AN ERRATIC FREQUENCY WHEN THE HAZARD WARNING SWITCH IS DEPRESSED. IN ADDITION, IN THE EVENT THAT EITHER A FRONT OR REAR TURN SIGNAL LAMP FAILS TO ILLUMINATE OR DOES NOT FLASH AT THE CORRECT FREQUENCY WHEN OPERATED, THE REMAINING FUNCTIONING SIGNAL LAMPS ON THAT VEHICLES SIDE AS WELL AS THE INSTRUMENT TURN TELL TALE LAMP WILL NOT FLASH AT AN INCREASED RATE AS INTENDED.

Consequence
THE DRIVER WILL NOT BE VISUALLY ALERTED TO THE FACT THAT ONE OR MORE OF THE VEHICLES TURN SIGNAL LAMPS IS NOT OPERATING CORRECTLY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

LOTUS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TURN SIGNAL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT LOTUS 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 .

Touring pkg -inc: full leather seat & door trim, full carpet set, upgraded stereo system w/iPod connector, thermal & sound insulated soft top, storage net, additional interior sound insulation, leather handbrake gaiter, leather-trimmed center console, aluminum cup holder, aluminum tray divider

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

Engine start button

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

Body-colored insulated hard top (in addition to soft top)

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

Leather seat trim

Front bucket seats w/manual recline & integral headrests

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

Air conditioning

Polished aluminum shift knob & handbrake sleeve

Dual black leather sun visors

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Lotus traction control system -inc: console on/off switch

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
$1,200

 
LIMITED PAINT
$3,300

 
ARDENT RED
$0

 
BRITISH RACING GREEN
$0

 
ARCTIC SILVER
$0

 
CANYON RED
$0

 
PERSIAN BLUE
$0

 
LIQUID BLUE
$0

 
STARLIGHT BLACK
$0

 
SOLAR YELLOW
$0

 
STORM TITANIUM
$0

 
ASPEN WHITE
$0

 
CHROME ORANGE
$0

 
GRAPHITE GRAY
$0

 
ISOTOPE GREEN
$0

 
LASER BLUE
$0

 
PHANTOM BLACK
$0

 
AQUAMARINE
$0

 
CARBON GREY
$0

 
QUARTZ SILVER
$0

 
ICE WHITE
$0

 
BURNT ORANGE
$0

 
BLACK LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
BISCUIT LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
RED LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
MAGNOLIA LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
SPORT PKG
$2,600

 
LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
$1,790

 
STARSHIELD
$995

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