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Lotus Elan

Lotus Elan SE



Lotus Elan and Elan SE (Type 100)

period: 1989 - 1992

engine: 1.588 cc Isuzu-Lotus, 130 bhp or (SE) turbocharged 162 bhp

Front wheel drive convertible.

total # made: 3.855
129 cars only were normally aspirated, the rest were to SE turbo specification
539 cars were built for the United States (1991), with longer bumpers and larger wheels (16")

Lotus Elan S2

Lotus Elan S2 (Type 100)

period: 1994 - 1995

engine: 1.588 cc Isuzu-Lotus,  turbocharged 155 bhp

This was a second production run because Lotus had engines left on stock.
In 1994 and 1995, when Lotus belonged to Bugatti, 800 S2 were built, (500 for the UK, Japan and Australia, all RHD and 300 LHD for continental Europe). The S2s have more than 100 improvements compared to the SEs. Everyone of the 800 cars is individually numbered.

total # made: 800

Special thanks for the Swiss Lotus Team for helping us with information!


Kia Elan

period: 1996 - 1997

engine: 1.8L DOHC 151 bhp

After the final production run of the Lotus Elan in 1995, Kia bought the tools and production rights and  began manufacturing their own version under license. The cars look quite similar to the SEs but had different suspensions,  engine, interior, tail lights and  other alterations. This development was made by KIA and therefore the cars are KIAs based on a Lotus design.. The biggest difference is the 1.8 litre, 151 bhp engine Kia used in place of Lotus's 1.6 litre.

After Hyundai took over Kia, the production stopped.  In total 1000 cars were built.