2015 Lotus Elise

It seems that Lotus was pretty busy this year before the Paris Auto Show. Next to the new generation Esprit , Lotus will also bring the new Elise that will go on sale in 2015 at a price of £35,000 ($55,000 at the current exchange rates).

The 2015 Elise was rumored to be powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 320 HP and 330 NM of torque. However, since the company’s announcement of an in-house developed V8 engine, more rumors are circulating about what will be found under the hood of the next gen Elise. These whispers are hinting that the V8 engine is serving as inspiration for a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will be used for the Elise replacement set to be launched in 2014. Whichever engine makes its way under the Elise’s hood, it will probably be mated to the new start-stop technology. The goal is to make the Elise hit the 0 to 60 mph mark in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 167 mph.

"The Elise you can buy now is still a fantastic car, make no mistake, Lotus remain very proud of it, but this is a natural progression for us moving forward. The Elise 2015 will also be class-leading in terms of performance and efficiency but it will do more than that it will take the Elise model to the forefront of its class across the board. The design of the Elise 2015 is perfect for the target market, it’s young, strong, confident, verging on ruthless, it mirrors the engineering and technology. It’s the next generation Elise for a new generation of Lotus drivers."

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Oh yes, here it is! There’s still room for the Elise at Lotus but what a difference a decade or two makes. The Elise due for release in 2015 is a sexy, agile beast of a car. Finally the Elise comes of age.

Aesthetically it’s definitely pleasing to the eye, it’s bold directional body gives you subtle hints of the Elise of old so it still seems a touch familiar but at the same time, it couldn’t be more different.

Lotus Elise

Perhaps a small example of how the car has changed would help. Aside from strong graphic styling, the practicality of the car has had a major overhaul too with sizeable improvements made to the ingress and egress – in simple terms, no more acrobatics but still all the fun you expect from the Elise.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: “We worked very hard on getting the Elise 2015 exactly right, it’s our entry level car so it needs to give a proper introduction to the Lotus driving experience.”

“The Elise you can buy now is still a fantastic car, make no mistake, Lotus remain very proud of it, but this is a natural progression for us moving forward. The Elise 2015 will also be class-leading in terms of performance and efficiency but it will do more than that it will take the Elise model to the forefront of its class across the board.”

Lotus Elise

“The design of the Elise 2015 is perfect for the target market, it’s young, strong, confident, verging on ruthless, it mirrors the engineering and technology. It’s the next generation Elise for a new generation of Lotus drivers.”

Fear not though, despite the dramatic upgrades the Elise 2015 has lost none of the cheeky charm that made the two-seater sports car famous, it still retains performance through lightweight and handles like a dream – albeit a quite aggressive and tension filled dream. With a 2.0 litre inline 4 pressure charged engine delivering up to 320 PS, the Elise 2015 should reach 0-100kph in under 4.5 seconds.

The Elise 2015, proving great things come to those who wait.

Specifications

Lotus Elise

 

  • Layout  2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive
  • Engine Petrol with start/stop option
  • Hybrid technology Mild hybrid, i.e. start/stop technology
  • Cylinder 4
  • Capacity 2.0 litre
  • Power/Torque 320 PS / 330 Nm
  • Rev limit 7,800 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h 4.3 seconds
  • Top speed 270 km/h
  • CO2 approx (CO2/km) 150 g/km**
  • Weight 1,095 kg
  • Seats 2
  • Transmission 6 Speed Manual, DCT optional
  • Drive RWD
  • Start of production Early 2015
  • Enters the market Spring 2015
  • Price indication Circa £35,000

32 comments:

Lotus car is one of the best car in the market and its looks like a Ferrari style car. The design of this car is really great and the rims looks great. Black and white is one of the best combination color of the car.

Elise is one of the most good-looking cars that I saw today! smiley And I must say that the speculations that it had been so impressive and its price indications sound really good! smiley

I hope there will never be an issue of fuel leaks on this upcoming Elise modified cars just like on the former Elise cars that issued leaks and recalled.

Simple color of the car is white but inside the car is not simple the combination of the color inside is great.

Its glass rooftop reminds me of electric cars. The detailing is great and I think its exterior is very impressive. And compare to the Evora, the interior of this car really looks amazing with the carbon fiber material used especially on the seats.

I’m really not interested for the Evora really stands out compared with this production vehicle. Its figure performance is kind of less powerful and its depressing to know that they haven’t removed the speed limit of this car.

I don’t like the body of this car it looks so edgy though I have to agree with Ping_Guererro, that the interior look different from the outside.

The interior is quite pleasing to the eye as well the engine performance. And I do believe in you, Peter_Sepreani , for sure this car will move at its top speed! 

Im sure this is a blast thing to drive. It’s indeed a very small. And I think it’s not appropriate on the road of US. It will just cause trouble.

I really like the white color of automobile,it symbolizes the users personality of what personality she or he is?.

Improved suspension components and electric assistance can help mitigate the damage, but you can’t escape that it would still have handled better without 400 extra pounds of pork. Looks like they should have taken a note from the Mazda playbook when they redesigned the Miata. Shave weight anywhere possible, even if only a few grams.

One buys a Lotus for one reason and one reason only: road glue. Whether the fuel economy suffers from the extra weight doesn’t matter. However, how that weight affects the handling matters a TON!

I like it. People say it’s generic... OK. Point out the other 2400 lb mid engined cars available for 60K. 80K. 100K. It’s still very unique; it just made the move into the 21st century.

I agree looks great but I was hoping for more of a evolution of the Elise. Carbon Fiber Cabin, Carbon Fiber body panels, no carpet, no plush seats, hell no leather shift boot.

Speaking of Toyota, there really is something familiar about the new Elise, and that’s the 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine riding behind the cabin.

Lest you fear the Elise will lose some of its purist sports-car persona in this generational update, Lotus seeks to reassure one and all, stating unequivocally that “the Elise 2015 has lost none of the cheeky charm” and that it “handles like a dream—albeit a quite aggressive and tension-filled dream.”

It is still a light weight!!

only 1 ton, and great accl. so I dont know what the fuss is all about!

I actually think its better, since it looks like you can drive this everyday and not only for track

An incredible chassis that is maybe weighed down and padded with a little too much fluff for the most hard-core enthusiasts.

Yes indeed this would be a good car but, NO! This is a Lotus !! Go back to Colin Chapman’s lightweight principle !

Might as well ask Nissan to put Gt-R engine and tyranny in their next MY 370Z.

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