It’s the British magazine, Autocar, who had the chance - again - to be the first one testing a new sports car. This time we are talking about the 2011 Lotus Elise facelift. Not many changes need to be made to an already close to perfect vehicle, but Lotus did decide to make the Elise look a little more like the Lotus Evora by making the front end a little more narrow. This was done by slightly modifying the nose, hood, and headlights.

The 2011 Elise will be powered by a 1.6 Liter naturally aspirated water cooled inline four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 134 HP and 118 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six speed gearbox. The combination is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint time of 6.7 seconds and is capable of reaching a 124 MPH top speed.

Check out the video to see what AutoCar thought about this iconic superstar.


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  (462) posted on 06.23.2011

Yeah, very lame compare to the Evora! I don’t think that it has a great figure performance. Its 0-60 mph is slow. And I hate the fact that this car was a facelift version.

  (577) posted on 06.23.2011

Well, I do love the fact that this car was manufactured by the Lotus. However, I don’t think that the performance of this car would be as impressive as the Evora. And this car seems to be less powerful.

  (612) posted on 04.22.2010

Yeah, same here topspeed should also put he price list so that we’ll have an idea on how much money we need to save to have one.

  (779) posted on 04.21.2010

No word on pricing yet? I imagine the 1.6L would make a great "entry" level track car, and probably easily upgraded.

  (417) posted on 04.19.2010

Oh yeah they’ve already replace the old style of the elise’s headlamps, pretty neat and decent to be this way.

  (647) posted on 04.18.2010

The current entry level model here in North America is a 190 hp 1.8-liter. The 46 mpg is a highway rating. Lotus has not yet stated what the combined or urban figures are. There currently aren’t plans to offer this model in the US.

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