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Lotus Elise

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Lotus Elise S1 Lotus Elise (Type 111)

period: 1996 - 2001

engine: 1.796cc K-series/118 bhp

 

 

Lotus Elise GT1

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Lotus Elise Motorsport

Lotus Elise Motorsport (Type 111)

period: 1999 - 2002

engine: 1.796cc K-series/200 bhp

# made: 65

Designed for a special Lotus managed race series it features a tuned VHPD K-series engine giving in excess of 200bhp.

 

Elise 50th Anniversary

Lotus Elise 50th Anniversary (Type 111)

period: 1998

engine: 1.796cc K-series/118 bhp

# made: 50

This is a special edition car based on the standard model. It is was launched in late 1998 and only 50 were produced. It was available in one colour only, a metallic green with two tone green/beige leather seats. It also had unique decals and a certificate of authenticity.

 

Lotus Elise Sport 190

Lotus Elise Sport 190 (Type 111)

period: 1998 - 1999

engine: 1.796cc K-series/190 bhp

# made:  n.a.

For track use only

 

Lotus Elise 49

Lotus Elise 49  (Type 111)

period: 1999

engine: 1.796cc K-series/118 bhp

# made: n.a.

To commemorate Lotus' "Grand Prix glory and racing history". It's painted in the same red, gold and white colour scheme as the Lotus Type 49 Formula One racing car but was also available with a yellow, white and gold colour combination.

 

Lotus Elise Type 79

Lotus Elise Heritage / Type 79  (Type 111)

period: 1999

engine: 1.796cc K-series/118 bhp

# made: 122

A limited run of 100 left-hand drive Elises in Black with gold wheels and grilles. The interior has a yellow/gold chamois effect seat panel and yellow/gold dash. These are a special run at the request of the Italian dealer network and although they are in JPS colours (gold instead of the original yellow), they are badged as 'Heritage' since Lotus don't hold the rights to the JPS mark.

A limited run of 50 was planned in right-hand drive form and were sold as the Type 79. These were available with both standard and VVC engines; 22 RHD cars were built.
 

Elise Sport 135

Lotus Elise Sport 135 (Type 111)

period: 1998 - 1999

engine: 1.796cc K-series/135 bhp

# made:  85

 

 

Lotus Elise 111S

Lotus Elise 111S (Type 111)

period: 1999 - 2001

engine: 1.796cc K-series VVC/143 bhp

#made: 1.487

 

 

Lotus Elise Millenium Edition

Lotus Elise Millenium Edition (Type 111)

period: 2000

engine: 1.796cc K-series/118 bhp

# made:

This is a special edition launched to mark the Millenium.

 

Elise Sport 160

Lotus Elise Sport 160 (Type 111)

period: 2000 - 2001

engine: 1.796cc K-series/160 bhp (upgrade kit to 190bhp)

# made: 311

# made in total : app. 12.000 (S1)

 

Lotus Elise CNG (Type 111)

This one should not really be listed here as it was not a production car, but we thought it would be nice to make our information as complete as we can.
A standard Lotus Elise was converted to BI-fuel gasoline and compressed natural gas. The gas fuel system was integrated into the vehicle architecture to avoid any loss of passenger or luggage space. The vehicle is able to exhibit almost identical performance to a standard gasoline Elise with no loss of passenger or luggage space.

 

Lotus Elise 340R

Lotus Elise 340 R (Type 111)

period: 2000

engine: 1.796cc K-series VHPD/177 bhp

#made: 340

 

  Lotus M250 (Type 118)

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Lotus Elise S2  (Type 111)

period: 2000 -

engine: 1.796cc K-series/120 - 156 bhp

# made:

 

  Lotus Elise S2  Sport 135 (Type 111)

period: 2002

The 135 upgrade kit gives the Elise 135hp at 6200 rpm and 175Nm of torque at 4850 rpm, 0-62 mph in 5.4 secs, 0-100 mph in 14.9 secs and a maximum speed of 129 mph.

 

Lotus Elise S2  Sport 190 (Type 111)

period: 2002 - 2003

engine: 1.796cc K-series/190 bhp

# made:

Each S2 Sport 190 car is tailor made by Lotus Motorsport and although not strictly road legal, by deleting certain standard items the car can be made road legal.

 
Lotus Elise S2  Type 72 (Type 111)

period: 2002

engine: 1.796cc K-series/120 bhp

# made:

The Elise Type 72 reflects the racing heritage of the Type 72 with the Black and Gold livery.

 
Lotus Elise S2  111  (Type 111)

period: 2002 - 2004

engine: 1.796cc K-series VVC/156 bhp

# made:

 

Lotus Elise S2  111 S (Type 111)

period: 2002 - 2004

engine: 1.796cc K-series VVC/156 bhp

# made:

This car is identical to the 111 but features leather seats and trim, an upgraded stereo and carpets.

 
Lotus Elise S2  Type 25 (Type 111)

period: 2002

engine: 1.796cc K-series/122 bhp

# made: 50

The Lotus Elise Type 25 commemorates 40 years since the groundbreaking Type 25 won it's first Grand Prix changing the racing world forever.

 

 

Lotus Elise S2  Type 23 (Type 111)

period: 2003

engine: 1.796cc K-series/122 bhp

# made: ? Was this just a colorchange ???

 

Lotus Elise S2  Type 49 (Type 111)

period: 2002

engine: 1.796cc K-series/122 bhp

# made: 100

Limited edition: Only 100 cars (individually numbered) produced for the UK market, cars on sale in Europe and rest of the world are not limited. The 100 UK editions have the following extra's:

  • A copy of ‘The Lotus book, the complete history of Lotus Cars’, signed by Clive Chapman, owner of Classic Team Lotus and son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman
  • A Type 49 scaled model and personalised poster of the original GP car
  • A visit to Classic Team Lotus including an exclusive tour of the garages housing some of the original Formula one race cars and your picture taken with the original Type 49
  • A visit the home of Lotus Cars and an exclusive factory tour looking at the way Lotus Cars are produced today (these tours will take place in Spring 2003)
  • A certificate giving you details and certification of the exclusivity of your limited edition Elise
  • A unique heritage plate stating the limited edition number of your Lotus Elise Type 49
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    Lotus Elise S2  Type 135R (Type 111)

    period: 2003

    engine: 1.796cc K-series/135 bhp

    # made:

    Developed by Lotus Sport and Performance in conjunction with the Lotus Ride and Handling team, the Lotus Sport Elise 135R has been designed to provide ultimate performance both on and off the track.

     

    Lotus Elise S2  Type 99T (Type 111)

    period: 2003

    engine: 1.796cc K-series/156 bhp

    # made: ?

    Painted in unique 'Saffron Yellow' with subtle blue detailing to mirror that of the original race car, the Elise Type 99T commemorates one of the most recognisable cars in the history of Formula One. Left hand drive only! Unique black Lotus styled eight spoke wheels complete the racing look from the exterior. The interior is furnished in perforated black leather sports seats and door panels, complemented by a black alcantara dash panel. Cross-drilled brakes, CD player, black soft-top and black carpets complete the look.

     

    Lotus Elise S2  111R (Type 111)

    period: 2004 -

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i / 189 bhp

    # made:

    Toyota engine tuned by Lotus. The VVTL-i is short for Variable Valve Timing and Lift-Intelligent. 6-Speed gearbox.

     

    Lotus Elise S2 Sports Racer

    period: 2005 - 2006

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i / 189 bhp

    Limited to 199 cars including both colours

     

    Lotus Elise S2  S (Type 111)

    period: 2006 -

    engine: 1794 cc Toyota VVTL-i  / 134 bhp 

    # made:.

    See the press release for more information, click here.

     

    Lotus Elise S2  R (Type 111)

    period: 2006 -

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i  / 189 bhp 

    # made:.

    Was refered to as 111R before.

    Lotus Elise S2  72D (Type 111)

    period: 2007

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i  / 189 bhp 

    # made: 50

    35th Anniversary Commemorative Edition type 72D.
    This exclusive Collectible Edition model memorializes the Lotus 72. It was in this vehicle that the legendary Emerson Fittipaldi proved unstoppable, winning five of eleven races in 1972, thus becoming the youngest champion in F1 history.

    Each 72D is sequentially numbered, individually signed by both Clive Chapman (son of Lotus Founder Colin Chapman) and Michael J. Kimberley (Group Lotus CEO) and specially certified with documentation of the vehicle’s legacy.

    A type 72D commemorative driving helmet with display case is included with each vehicle.

    This collectible edition will be offered in the very limited quantity of just 50 units worldwide.
     

    Lotus Elise S 40th Anniversary (Type 111)

    period: 2007-2008

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i DHOC / 134 bhp 

    # made: 50 available for mainland Europe

    Have a look at the press release for more information, click here

     

    Lotus Elise SC (Super Charger) (Type 111)

    period: 2008 -

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i DHOC with Magnuson supercharcher/ 220 bhp 

    Please read the press release for more information, click here and here.

    # made:

     

    Lotus Elise S2 California Special (Type 111)

    period: 2008

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i  / 189 bhp 

    # made: 50

    The 2008 Limited California Special Edition of the Lotus Elise features significant bodywork and trim upgrades designed specifically for the lifestyle market. This edition will initially be offered in a limited quantity of 50 units worldwide - twenty-five in Saffron Yellow and twenty-five in Ardent Red.

    Upgrades include Touring Pack, rear spoiler, cast wheels, two-tone plush leather interior, hardtop, Alpine sound system and Starshield.
     

    Clark Type 25 Elise SC (Type 111)

    period: 2008

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i DHOC with Magnuson supercharcher/ 220 bhp 

    Please read the press release for more information, click here

    # made: 25

     

    Lotus Elise S2 Club Racer (Type 111)

    period: 2009

    engine: 1796 cc Toyota VVTL-i DHOC / 134 bhp 

    # made:

    Available in 4 colors; Lotus have brought back Sky Blue, Elite Yellow, Old English White and Carbon Grey and applied them to a modern day Lotus. The exclusive Elise Club Racer colours extend to the transmission tunnel and the bucket seats. Light weight and supportive, they feature suede effect pads that allow the vehicles' body colours to shine through.

    No carpet, the extruded aluminum pedals are set against an anodised mesh floor. Specially designed for the Elise Club Racer, it`s a weight saving measure that also adds to the minimalist racer looks.

    The Elise Club Racer sits on a very special set of wheels. The lightweight 6 spoke alloys are finished in anthracite to match the custom interior components. Wrapped in bespoke Yokohama AD07 LTS tyres, the result is limpet-like grip on the most challenging of roads and tracks.

    More information in the press release, click here

     

    Lotus Elise S2 (Type 111) modelyear 2011

    period: april 2010 - 

    engine: 1ZR-FAE 1.6 litre engine with Valvematic and Dual VVT-I technology, 134 BHP

    # made:

     

    For the 2011 model year, the Elise range will consist of the following variants:

    • Lotus Elise – 136 PS, less than 155 g of CO2 /km – new 1.6 litre engine
    • Lotus Elise R - 192 PS, 196 g of CO2 /km - 1.8 litre engine
    • Lotus Elise SC – 220 PS, 199 g of CO2 /km - 1.8 litre supercharged engine
       

    See all the details in the press release, please click here

    Lotus Elise S2 (Type 111) SC RGB Special Edition

    period: september 2010 - 

    engine: 217 hp (220 ps) supercharged 1.8 litre engine

    # made:

    Made in celebration the legendary input of  Roger Becker (RGB) who retired in January 2010 following 44 years of service. Lotus made a series of Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige sports cars in bespoke RGB Special Edition specification.

    • Lotus ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels
    • Sport pack
    • Touring pack
    • Four paint colour : Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey
    • Roger Becker signature on rear of the car
    • Roger Becker numbered plaque
    • Monochrome Lotus badges
    • Air conditioning

    See all the details in the press release, please click here
     

    Lotus Elise S2 (Type 111) SC Final Edition

    period: 2011

    engine: 218 hp (220 ps) supercharged 1.8 litre engine

    # made: 15

    This final edition has a supercharged 218bhp engine, exclusive matte black paint detailing on the rear transom panel, roll hoop cover, hardtop and door mirror housings and an unprecedented level of standard equipment, this "Final" Elise makes a striking statement. Because just 15 Elise SC Final Editions are built for the North American market, this car will is a  collectible, available in Ardent Red, Aspen White, Carbon Grey and Chrome Orange

    Specifications:
    Rear diffuser with black anodized finish
    Black leather perforated steering wheel
    Polished aluminum gear knob and handbrake sleeve
    Driver and passenger front airbags
    Air conditioning
    Audio system with radio, single CD and MP3 player with four speakers
    Remote activated central locking and alarm system with engine immobilizer
    Engine start push button
    Extruded aluminum storage tray and machined billet aluminum cup holder
    Yokohama A048 high-performance tires
    Black 14-spoke forged alloy wheels
    Black ProBax sport seats with Alcantara trim
    Sport suspension, springs and dampers

    And also included as standard are:

    Touring Pack:
    Padded leather door panels
    Perforated leather door inserts
    Leather trimmed center console
    Black perforated leather handbrake lever gaiter
    Black carpet floor mats with embroidered Elise logo
    Noise insulation material
    iPod® stereo connectivity
    Matte black painted hardtop
    Limited slip differential (LSD)
    Lotus Traction Control System (TCS)

    Elise S

    period: 2011 -

    engine: 218 hp (220 ps) supercharged 1.8 litre engine

    # made:

    More information and technical details can be found here.

    Elise with SPS (Serial Precision Shift) option

    This gearbox option available for the 1.6l Elise utilises new lightweight robotised automated manual transmission technology to allow the driver to switch between manual and automatic driving modes via paddles fixed to the steering column giving an even more direct connection with the road.

    More information and technical details can be found here.

    Elise S Club Racer

    period: 2013 -

    engine: 218 hp (220 ps) supercharged 1.8 litre engine

    # made:

    The Club Racer concept comprises funky colour schemes, the innovative application of materials and enhanced driving dynamics and performance, all of which make for a compelling purchase for Lotus purists and track day enthusiasts.

    Achieving a maximum 20kg weight reduction over the standard Elise S, the Club Racer boasts an improved power to weight ratio delivering 240bhp per tonne, it accelerates to 60mph from standing in 4.2 seconds, and reaches a top speed on 145 mph.

    • 6 paint colour options including 4 new colours to the Club Racer family all of which are exclusive to the Elise S Club Racer. Aspen White, Carbon Grey, Chrome Orange*, Toxic Green*, Daytona Blue* and Formula Red* (*exclusive to Elise S Club Racer.)
    • ‘Black Style’ pack as standard
    • Matt Black paint feature panels; Roll hoop cover, rear transom panel and mirror pods
    • Elise S Club Racer logos
    • Unique seat and interior details

       

    Elise S Cup R

    period: 2013 -

    engine: 218 hp (220 ps) supercharged 1.8 litre engine

    # made:

    More information here

     

     

    Elise S Cup

    period: 2014 -

    engine: 217 hp 1.8 litre DOHC VVT-I 16 valve with chargecooled Magnuson

    # made:

    More information here

     

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