When Tesla Motors wanted a lightweight sports car body for its Roadster electric vehicle, the company turned to Lotus. Why? Because Lotus has, for a long time, made some of the best light and small sports cars in the world. That history once again comes alive in the new 2011 Lotus Elise with an official rating of 46.7 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the European cycle in a car that weighs just 876 kg (1,931 lbs.). Along with the lower weight, when the new Elise was unveiled in Geneva, we learned it had improved aerodynamics (up four percent) and that the car will be available with a new 1.6-liter 4-cylinder VVT-I engine. Lotus says that this powerplant in the new Elise will have CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometer, a number it says is "outstandingly low." Some might quibble with this, but it is 16 percent lower than the previous Lotus Elise S. 149 grams per kilometer gives the Elise "the lowest CO2 for its performance level for any gasoline sportscar in the world." The performance numbers include a 0-60 time of 6 seconds. All that in a car that looks like the Elise and gets better mileage than a Honda Insight? Outstanding.
We are delighted to announce that the new 2011 Lotus Elise has just been certified with an outstandingly low emissions figure of 149g of CO2 / km which represents a reduction of 16% over the previous Lotus Elise S.
This means that the Elise has the lowest CO2 for its performance level for any gasoline sportscar in the world.
Not only does this low emissions figure give a greener drive with less guilt but it also relates directly to fuel consumption with the new Elise turning in an impressive figure of 56.1 mpg (5.04 litres per 100 km) extra urban. This means that the Lotus Elise could travel a colossal 500 miles (800 km) on one tank of fuel – the equivalent of Paris to Marseille or London to Aberdeen.*
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These world leading emissions and economy figures are a direct result of Lotus' commitment to its core values of performance through light weight and efficiency. The Elise weighs just 876 kg and to put this weight into perspective, a nameless convertible sportscar from Stuttgart (Germany) weighs in at 1335 kg.
Aerodynamics have been improved by 4% and a new super efficient, 1.6 litre 4 cylinder VVT-I engine has been installed which is 200 cc smaller than the engine in the outgoing Lotus Elise S and produces the same power. And the performance figures speak for themselves: 0-60 mp/h in 6.0 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds!
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* driving style dependent!