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November 2013


Introducing the Lotus Elise S


A mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, convertible sports car of remarkable
character; Built on a lightweight chassis and with a focus on delivering
uncompromised dynamic performance - the supercharged Elise S is
the ultimate driver’s car!



The name Lotus is synonymous with sublime handling and poised vehicle dynamics around the world. The
Elise leads the way with its lightweight, state-of-the-art, extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, allied to
motorsport derived double wishbone suspension with body panels made from lightweight composite. Its
unique design ensures an extremely rigid chassis, and the perfect foundation for an agile sports car.
Production combines high technology processes with hand finishing techniques, from chassis construction
through to final assembly. Teams of specialists oversee every process ensuring Lotus’ high-quality
engineering standards are met. With engineering effectiveness comes efficiency, allowing Lotus to extract
every aspect of dynamic performance from each component – remaining true to founder Colin Chapman’s’
principle of “performance through lightweight”.
A Lotus Elise is like a ‘glove on the hand’, a second skin channelling feedback into your hands and feet via
the steering wheel and the pedals. Designed to deliver, it inspires confidence with precision control, perfect
balance and pedigree dynamics. From its functional aerodynamics, to its mid-engined construction with
optimum weight distribution, through to its race-derived components - the Elise’s dynamic intent is clear.
Since its launch, the Elise has been hailed as one of the best sports cars that money can buy, creating
perfect harmony between driver and machine. Its compelling agility is a given. The incredibly lightweight
and stiff chassis and finely tuned wishbones and dampers, allied to Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance
Management) and sticky Yokohama tyres provide absolute handling precision. No other sports car tackles 

the open road with the verve of an Elise, where every driver input has such a clear and measurable effect
on the car’s behaviour. 

Offering wind-in-the-hair motoring in its purest form, the Elise’s personality can be quickly modified to suit
your mood, with its character defining soft top and optional hard top ensuring driving thrills across all
The Elise handles the transition from open-road to urban grind with consummate ease. Its compact
dimensions make navigating narrow city roads easy, and its distinctive styling ensures plenty of on-road
The unique combination of supercar looks and performance coupled with its low running costs and CO2
emissions of just 175 g/km make the Elise an exciting alternative for the city, bringing some fun to your
everyday commute! But make no mistake, the Elise is a pure-bred sports car, offering exhilarating topdown
motoring at an affordable price. Power is provided by an eager 1.8-litre engine, a lightweight in-line
four, producing 162 kW - in simple terms, supercar performance combined with city car economy.
The key to this superb balance of engine performance and efficiency is the Valvematic system, a variable
valve lift mechanism which combines with dual VVT-i technology. The engine continuously controls valve
timing and lift to vary the volume of airflow, ensuring optimal performance based on the engine’s
operational condition. The driver accesses this performance via a 6 speed manual transmission with sports
The supercharged Elise S delivers astonishing performance for such a lightweight car. The ultimate driver’s
car, the Elise S’s 1.8 litre supercharged and charge cooled engine delivers instant acceleration with
significant torque that’s accessible from low in the rev range. Select ‘Sport’ mode and dynamic
performance characteristics alter for more driver engagement.
Performance dynamics are matched aesthetically and aerodynamically; the impressive Elise S is
distinguished by a rear wing that arches over the car’s hind quarters, creating more downforce than the
standard rear clamshell.
Lotus is a driving icon that throughout decades of development has remained true to its founding principles;
efficient use of the minimum number of parts, a perfectly balanced chassis and a tactile and involving spirit
are recognisable in every car to carry the Lotus badge. A reputation as a true driver’s car combined with
low CO2 emissions mean the Elise is the perfect expression of evolution for today’s roads.


Max Power 162 kW at 6800 rpm
Max Torque 250 Nm at 4600 rpm
0 – 100 km/h 4.6 seconds
Max Speed 234 km/h
Weight 924 kg
Urban 10.3 L/100 km
Extra Urban 5.9 L/100 km
Combined 7.5 L/100 km
CO2 emissions 175g/km


About Lotus
Group Lotus plc, wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM, is based in Norfolk, UK, and has
three operating divisions: Lotus Cars, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Racing.
Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the award-winning Evora,
the iconic Elise and the stunning Exige.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the
world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers and is an internationally recognised automotive engineering
consultancy. Global facilities include those in the US, China and offices in Germany and Japan.
Lotus is a global high-tech company, committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars
and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles
and renewable fuels.
Lotus Motorsport builds and develops vehicles for GT racing with the Evora GX, GTC, GT4, and
GTS, in addition to racing vehicles such as the Exige V6 Cup and Elise Cup cars. PETRONAS is
the Official Lubricants Partner for Lotus Racing vehicles competing in various high profile
international GT categories. Lotus also competes in F1® with the Lotus F1 Team, racing in the
iconic Black and Gold Livery.
Lotus Originals is the retail operation for all of Lotus’ non-car products. A diverse collection of
luxury apparel, luggage, gifts, toys and limited edition collectables can be bought online at or at any of the dedicated Lotus Originals outlets including the flagship
Regent Street store in London’s Piccadilly.

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