• Jun 9, 2006


Lotus has announced the availability of the Elise S, a new entry-level Elise the company hopes will place its lightweight sportscar in arms reach of the mass market. Powering the Elise S will be a Toyota-derived 1.8L four-cylinder producing 134 horsepower. While some gluttonous power junkies may scoff at the relatively low number of ponies in this car's corral, the Elise S weighs a mere 1,896 lbs. That kind of power-to-weight ratio is good for a 5.8 second run to 60 mph. The pricetag of the Elise S will also be lightweight for Lotus, tipping the scales at just under £24,000 ($44,000 USD). North America, however, has been left off the delivery list, as the Elise S will only be available in Europe and Japan.

[Source: Lotus]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Steve, the Elise (and Exige) are readily available in the USA. In short time, I we'll probably see this one as well.

      Still, $44K is a lot of money for what you are getting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We NEVER get any of the good cars in the US!!! Dangit!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't get it-
      Exige S more powerful than Exige,Elise S less powerful than Elise.
      Seems like it would make more sense to rename the 180hp one the S and introduce a new base.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lotus cars have always been small/lightweight, but when I saw an Elise upclose last week, I couldn't believe how tiny it was.
      I think a better name for this model might have been "E" as in economy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Man, that car just speaks to me. I love it."

      X2. This car is just downright sexy, and I really feel the vibe with the minimalist trim level.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In deed it's a very small car. saw one the other day driving down the street. I am sure it's a blast to drive, though I'd hate to be in one in a car accident. I don't care how many airbags or crumble zones it has...you are boxed in like a turtles pecker in the car..and a severe accident in one will be your last.
      • 8 Years Ago
      $44k?! You've got to be kidding me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      buy a miata and turbocharge it for $25k total and you'll woop the lotus around any track. even a stock miata could keep up with that
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh yes... a TDI. That is what I want... a small, extremely lightweight, open topped car with a torquey Turbo Diesel engine on board. Call me crazy, but that is what I want. I already have a purely FUN car for weekends, this TDI/Sports model would be my sports/economy commuter/daily driver. Lust. I want one. Now.

      • 8 Years Ago
      This is less a new model and more a replacement for the existing base-model Elise. Lotus needed to find a new engine for that particular car now that the K-series Rover motor is no longer available to them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll start saving my lose change! :)