Elise's are great. I've had mine for over nine years and can't bear to part with it. I paid £13000 then and it still has to be worth £13000 years on.
A common question I get asked about the S1 Elise is, 'Is it practical as an everyday car?'
Well yes it can be. It is slightly impractical, the boot is small, and without carpets, it's bloody noisy. With carpets and a quiet exhaust however it's quite acceptable. You'd be surprised what you can fit in it; the Tesco's weekly shop for two fits snuggly in the boot.
|Engine||Transverse mid-mounted 4 cylinder water cooled 1.8 16v engine. Double
overhead camshafts with hydraulic tappets. Electronic fuel injection. Electronic engine
Maximum power:118bhp (88Kw) @ 5500 RPM
Maximum torque: 121.8lb ft (165 Nm) @ 3000 RPM
|Body||Composite front and rear 'clamshell' body sections with frontal safety structure. Seating for two. Vehicle weight: 690 kg|
|Chassis||All Lotus design, lightweight space frame of bonded anodized extruded aluminum with integral roll over hoop, extruded aluminum impact absorbing structures and steel galvanized rear sub frame, manufactured by Hydro Aluminum Automotive Structures.|
|Transmission||5 speed trans axle driving the rear wheels. Synchro on all forward gears.|
|Fuel System||Fuel tank capacity: 36.4 litres (8.0 gallons) Fuel requirement: 95 RON minimum octane unleaded.|
|Suspension||Independent by upper and lower wishbones, co-axial coil springs and inverted mono tube dampers. Extruded aluminum uprights. Trailing toe links on rear for compliance steering control.|
|Brakes||282mm aluminum/matrix ventilated disks mounted outboard front and rear. Non-servo split circuit hydraulic system. Front brakes fitted with unique Lotus/AP racing opposed piston calipers.|
|Wheels||Lotus design, 5 spoke alloy. 5½ J x 15 front and 7J x 16 rear.|
|Tyres||Unique Pirelli P Zero. Front: 185/55R 15. Rear: 205/50R 16.|
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph):
160 km/h (100 mph):
202 km/h (126 mph)
Extra urban conditions:
Total C0² (g/km) = 168
|9.6 l/100 km (28.9 mpg)
5.7 l/100km (49.9 mpg)
7.1 l/100km (39.4 mpg)
|Standard Equipment||Alloy wheels, 3 way catalytic converter, coded signal imobiliser, cloth trim interior, black soft top, unique Lotus/Nardi steering wheel, STACK electronic speedo and tacho with multifunction LCD readout, rear removable window.|
|Optional Equipment||Metallic paint, leather trim options, radio fixing kit, auxiliary lights, coloured soft top, interior stowage kit, Cobra alarm system, vinyl leather seat option, passenger foot rest, boot bag kit. Optional equipment may vary by market.|
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