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Retaining the elements that have always kept the Elise ahead of rivals, the Elise Sport is built around an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis which is both tremendously strong and torsionally stiff - weighing just 68 kg. The new Elise Sport benefits from a range of improvements, which includes a 10 kg mass reduction thanks to a number of new components. Changes to the body including a redesigned lightweight front clam panel, with wider apertures and mesh pattern grille provide a more aggressive aspect and 8.7 kg less weight. The new design of rear transom panel now has two rear light clusters, rather than four, with reversing and fog lights now mounted inboard so reducing weight by 0.3 kg and visually enhancing the rear design to appear wider. Every single one of the Elise Sprint’s lightweight components can also be specified on the standard Elise Sport.

Offering 134 hp / 160 Nm of torque, the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine of the Elise Sport has been specifically tuned to deliver a benchmark power-to-weight ratio and class leading efficiency. The car's reduction in weight translates into quicker acceleration with 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, harder cornering and a power to weight ratio of up to 168 hp / tonne. Being so lightweight, emissions are extremely low with 149 g CO2 / km. Stopping power is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear-calipers - optional lightweight two-piece brake discs are also available. Like all Elise, the Elise Sport benefits from Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management (Lotus DPM) with user selectable driving modes.

Featuring the Elise's distinctive new styling, the Elise Sport integrates a new front and rear aesthetic. The cabin also receives a wide range of cabin enhancements - including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism providing a much more positive and direct operation and giving more precise and quicker shifting. The cabin also benefits from a new centre console and optional carbon sill covers which reduce weight by 0.8 kg and increase the door aperture by up to 10 mm, aiding ingress and egress. The Elise’s instrument panel has also received attention, with new graphics making it easier to read and a new in-car entertainment system, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, can also be selected when ordering. Options for the new car include Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel, vent-surrounds and sills. Further enhancement can be specified, including a new paintwork colour: “Electric Light Blue” joining the Lotus core colour range.

Modifications front and back are more than skin deep and have allowed the careful balancing of aerodynamic downforce across the whole car. Extended rubber elements mounted on the flat underside and ahead of the front wheel, together with an additional diffuser vane at the rear, help modify airflow under the car reducing drag and increasing stability.


127 MPH

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0 - 60 MPH
6.0 SECS

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134 BHP


798 KG


  • Fuel-injected
  • 1.6-litre engine develops 134hp (136PS)
  • Delivers 118lbs ft (160Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus Electronic Throttle Control System 
  • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Exhilarating acceleration


Max power 134 hp at 6800 rpm (136 PS) (100 kW)
Max torque 118 lbft at 4400 rpm (160 Nm)
0-60 mph 6.0 seconds
0-100 km/h 6.5 seconds
Max speed 127 mph (204 km/h)
Power to weight ratio 168 hp/tonne 
Lowest possible dry weight 798 kg
Dry weight 829 kg
Kerb weight 856 kg
Urban 34.0 (8.3)
Extra Urban 56.5 (5.0)
Combined 44.8 (6.3)
CO2 emissions, Combined 149 g/km