Lotus has released the final official certification data for its new 1.6-litre Elise sports car – high performance has never been so efficient.
0-60 in 6 seconds, 149g/km CO2
The 2011 Lotus Elise line-up is boosted not only by a mildly revised appearance that brings improved aerodynamics, but also a new entry-level 1.6-litre Valvematic Toyota engine in place of the previous base 1.8-litre engine.
Same power, lower emissions
With its bespoke Lotus tuning and engine management the new 1.6 produces the same 134bhp as the 1.8 it replaces, but thanks to improved control over air intake and injection it also represents a 16% efficiency improvement over the old model.
This is enough to see CO2 emissions drop to an impressively low 149g/km – meaning this new Elise will cost just £125 a year to tax. According to EU testing cycles this means 45mpg combined – though Lotus notes that this is very much ‘driving style dependent!’
No performance compromise
At the same time, the new Lotus Elise 1.6 can sprint from 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds (0-62mph in 6.5), and hit a top speed of 127mph. Helping it both in terms of performance and efficiency is the Lotus lightweight philosophy, which was instigated by the company’s original founder Colin Chapman. The Elise 1.6 weighs just 876kg, considerably less than most superminis, let alone other sports cars, giving it what we believe to be the best performance to mpg ratio of any petrol-engined sports car currently on sale.
The 2011 Lotus Elise range is available to order now. Prices for the new 1.6 start at £27,450.
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