NEW FOR 2011:
– New body design, lights, wheels, and improved coefficient of drag
– Inside trunk release replaces key operation
– Limited-edition RBG Special Edition
For 2011, the Lotus Elise and Elise SC undergo new styling changes. For the North American market, the 1.8-litre engines carry forward, but both models now feature an evolutionary body design with new front clamshell, rear bumper and engine cover; all-in-one integrated headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and turn signals; improved aerodynamics, with a four per cent reduction in coefficient of drag; and new standard cast wheels and available forged wheels. The rear trunk also can be opened from the cockpit, rather than a separate key operation.
The RBG Special Edition commemorates Roger Becker, Lotus’ director of vehicle engineering, who retired after 44 years with the company. Approximately 20 models will be available for North America. The special model will include the otherwise optional Sports and Touring packages as standard equipment and uses a top-line supercharged model that produces 217 horsepower. It is available in Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow or Carbon Grey and includes a numbered plaque, special nose badge and Becker’s signature.
The Elise, Lotus’ soft-top model, comes as the Elise R, with 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, and as the Elise SC, with 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder engine. Both use a six-speed manual transmission.
Standard features on the Elise R include 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, removable soft top with storage bag, high-intensity projection beam headlights, LED taillights, daytime running lights and turn signals, aluminum alloy fuel filler door, cross-drilled brake discs with front AP Racing calipers and rear Brembo calipers, pre-tensioning seatbelts, cloth seats, CD stereo, leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, power windows, power locks, floor mats, anti-theft alarm system and tire pressure monitoring system.
The Elise SC adds unique 16- and 17-inch forged aluminum wheels.
Available options include leather seats, premium stereo with iPod connector, cargo stowage net, additional sound insulation, and additional sound and thermal soft top insulation. A special Sport Pack adds forged aluminum lightweight wheels, Lotus Sport-tuned suspension, Probax sport seats, traction control and twin oil coolers, while the Performance Package adds high-performance tires and five-point harness bar.