2018 Lotus Elise is a 2-seater, power-driven, mid-engined roadster designed by the British manufacturer Lotus Cars. The 2018 Elise series had a hand-finished fiberglass body on its glued extruded aluminum frame that provided a rigid platform for suspension while keeping weight and production costs to a minimum. The roadster can reach speeds of up to 240 km/h. The Elise was named after Elisa, the granddaughter of Romano Artioli who was president of Lotus and Bugatti at the time of the launch of the Lotus Elise 2018 model.
2018 Lotus Elise Sprint
In March 2017, Lotus announced the special edition of Elise’s “Sprint” models. For Elise Sprint, Lotus used several weight reduction techniques to reduce the weight of the car to 789 kg (1739 lb). The Sprint can have a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine or a 1.8-liter supercharged engine, available for the Sprint 220 version. The first has a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.9 seconds, while the Sprint 220 can reach 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
2018 Lotus Elise Concept
The Lotus Elise 2018 series appeared as a design studio with the Lotus Esprit concept at the Paris 2010 World Cup under the name of “Lotus Elise Concept” in the autumn of this year, and was created to be launched in the next years The car was heavier than the production model of the time and had a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine much more powerful. The production model has become known with many changes, including the reduction of the engine to 1.6 liters and 1.8 liters and a different design with some indications of the concept.
2018 Lotus Elise Engine
The Elise S is the new basic model with a 1.8L engine with a Toyota source that replaces the engine of the Rover K series of the previous model. The 2ZZ-GE engine produces 189 hp at 6,200 rpm. The inclusion of airbags, ABS brakes, power windows, and mats, in addition to the new heavier engine, increased base weight to 860 kg (1,896 lbs).
In Europe, there are three models available, 2018 Elise S with a 134-hp Toyota 1ZZ-FE 1.8-liter engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 2018 Elise R a 1.8-liter engine and 2ZZ-GE 189 hp and 6-speed manual and the Elise SC with a 218 bhp, supercharged, 1.8L Toyota 2ZZ-GE, 6-speed manual gearbox, and spoiler.
The cheapest version in Europe now has a 1.6-liter engine to meet Euro 5 emissions, with the same power output as the previous 1.8 136 hp (100 kW, 134 hp). The 1.8-liter Elise comes standard with a Magnuson R900 compressor producing 220 hp (162 kW, 217 hp).
2018 Lotus Elise Safety
The 2011 model was the last to be sold in the United States when NHTSA waived the exemption for Lotus to build and sell cars in the US without smart airbags. It’s also the only 2018 Lotus Elise to use the Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine in the 2011 model year.