Making Sense of the Current Lotus range: Elise

Lotus Silverstone (Race and Service Centre) are offering 2 Years 0% APR 50/50 Finance on Brand New Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora models, plus 3 years / 27,000 miles free of charge servicing.

This caught our eye over on Twitter, and it’s a killer time to be buying a Lotus with deals like that flying around.

We decided to learn more about the range before placing an order. Here’s what we discovered:

Lotus Elise – 1.6 / naturally aspirated / 134bhp / £30,900

Lotus Elise

The Elise is the basic model in the range, with a naturally aspirated 1.6 litre 16v VVT-i engine.

Weight: 876kg

0-60mph: 6.0 seconds

0-100mph: 18.6 seconds

Max Speed: 127mph

MPG: Urban 34 / Extra Urban 56 / Combined 45

Lotus Elise Club Racer – 1.6 / naturally aspirated / 134bhp / £30,900

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The Elise Club Racer is the 1.6 litre Elise on a diet.

Lotus have shaved 19kg off the standard car by using lightweight wheels, as well as ditching the airbag assembly. Oh, and the roof, so you’ll need a hat. It uses the naturally aspirated 1.6 litre 16v VVT-i engine.

Weight: 857kg

0-60mph: 6.0 seconds

0-100mph: 18.6 seconds

Max Speed: 127mph

MPG: Urban 34 / Extra Urban 56 / Combined 45

Lotus Elise S – 1.8 / supercharged / 217bhp / £37,200

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The Elise S steps things up a notch with a Supercharged 1.8 litre VVT-i 16v engine.

(If you haven’t guessed already, the S stands for Supercharged)

Although the larger engine and supercharger assembly make for a heavier car, given that the 0-60 time comes down by almost 2 seconds and the top speed goes up by almost 20mph, the Elise S is the one we’d go for.

Weight: 924kg

0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds

0-100 mph: 11.2 seconds

Max speed: 145 mph

MPG: Urban 27.3 / Extra Urban 47.6 / Combined 37.5

Lotus Elise S Club Racer – 1.8 / supercharged / 217bhp / £37,200

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The Elise S Club Racer is the 1.8 litre supercharged Elise S on a diet.

Remember we said S stands for Supercharged?

Well, in this case it stands for ‘Shhhhhiiiiiitttttt this thing is quick’.

It has the same 19kg weight reduction as the Elise CR, but uses the Supercharged 1.8 litre VVT-i 16v engine, and can be specified as ‘Track Day Use Only’, which includes a light weight battery, TRD Airbox, sports exhaust and 18 Go-Pro mounts. (That bit isn’t true, you’d have to buy the Go Pro mounts yourself)

Weight: 905kg

0-60mph: 4.2 seconds

0-100mph: 11.2 seconds

Max Speed: 145mph

MPG: Urban 27.3 / Extra Urban 47.6 / Combined 37.5

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