20 years ago, the Lotus Elise revolutionized the sports car world, setting the benchmark for handling, purity of the driving experience, lightweight and efficiency. Its pioneering and advanced bonded aluminium chassis was a market-leading technological innovation at the time and over the years has improved and evolved and remains core to the Elise's exceptional performance today.
Looking at this used 2008 model Elise S on sale here, it is sometimes hard to believe that the Elise has been around for 20 years with little design evolution. It was ground breaking when it was launched and continues to be the benchmark for handling and performance in its class. Over the years Lotus engineers have improved and refined the Elise whilst ensuring they retained the purity of the Elise, or more importantly, the Lotus driving experience. This is why even more powerful and more desirable Lotus models have emerged in recent years, the Elise still and will remain the sports car to which other sport car manufacturers aspire.
This 2008 Elise S, is powered by a 1.8-litre engine. It reaches 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 237km/h. Beyond the obvious handling and steering feedback enjoyment the Elise provides, this light weight Lotus sports car consumes just 5.9 litres / 100 km (47.6 mpg) extra urban and emits just 173 g of CO2 per km.
Weighing just 924 kg, the Elise is the sports car that both enthusiasts and newcomers to the brand will desire. Lightweight, efficient and totally pure in its driving experience, its benchmark in handling remains the envy of the sports car scene.
The Elise is the most successful Lotus model in terms of numbers built, with a total of almost 32,000 built and sold globally. In addition to the Elise, the Lotus small platform technology has been used to great success in the Lotus Exige, Lotus Europa and Lotus 2-Eleven models, all of which are, or have been manufactured by Lotus at its Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk.