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Lotus Elise Mk1 & Mk2: Buying guide and review (1996-present)

Lotus Elise Mk1 & Mk2: Buying guide and review (1996-present) Classic and Performance Car
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The Lotus Elise was a return to form for Lotus, harking back to the days of the original Elan, which had been built with Colin Chapman’s lightness above all else philosophy. The new Elise stuck to its driver-focussed ideals without catering for a broader market, offering comfort and practicality over driving purity. The Elise doesn’t pretend to be anything but a distilled tool for those who enjoy driving at its purest. Lightness, excellent steering feel and a communicative chassis are its main attributes, and the Elise has stayed true to this basic formula right up to today’s models. 
 
Introduced in 1996, the Series 1 Lotus Elise was enthusiastically received by the motoring world. Lotus initially planned to produce just a few thousand cars, with production ending in 2000, but the strong demand has seen production of the continually evolving model continue to this very day.
 
As the years have gone by, weight has slowly increased due to increased safety regulations and creature comforts, however they all still offer a level of driver involvement that is absent from most other cars on the road.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The Elise has been in production since 1996 and to see which one is right for you it is worth taking a look at the differences between the various versions that have been produced.
 
Early Series 1 cars were fitted with the Rover K-series engine, and their basic specifications make them the purists’ choice. No power assistance or driver aids of any kind were offered, but what you did get was one of the best handling and most responsive cars available. 
 
The 111S and 340R with increased power and a stronger track focus were also introduced. Initial plans to produce 2500 units turned into almost 9000 by the time the Series 2 was introduced in 2000. 
 
It featured a number of changes to make it compliant with ever more stringent emissions and safety regulations. Initially offered with the same basic K-series engine as the Series 1, the powertrain was changed to Toyota-sourced engines in 2005. The addition of ABS, air conditioning and electric windows in some models meant a weight penalty, however the increased power outputs meant that performance did not suffer. 

The 111S was reintroduced with Rover K-series power, but this only lasted until 2005 with the change to Toyota engines. Other track-focussed cars introduced were the 135R and Sport 190, with more power and handling upgrades. 
 
Lotus continues with Toyota powertrains to this day, although the Elise has put on a few kilos in intervening years thanks to safety equipment and additional specification. They are more sophisticated and better equipped than the original Elise, and are more useable as everyday transport than the early cars, however some of the original’s purity has arguably been lost.
 
Performance and specs
 
Lotus Elise Series 1
Engine 1796cc 16valve DOHC I4 
Power 118bhp @ 5500 rpm 
Torque 122lb. ft torque @ 3000rpm
Top speed 124mph 
0-60mph 5.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 39.8mpg 
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2300mm
Length 3726mm
Width 1701mm
Height 1148mm
Weight 755kg
 
Common problems
 
• Parts are widely available from specialists, which generally offers a decent saving compared to going to Lotus. Running costs are reasonable and generally the Elise is a reliable vehicle.

• The Rover K-Series engine found in Series 1 and early Series 2 cars is generally robust, but radiator hoses can work loose and the head gasket can blow if they overheat. Over revving can cause cracked cylinder liners, identified by an excessively smoking exhaust. Cam belts need changing every six years, and it’s worth doing earlier if regular track driving is planned. 

• Toyota engines have cam chains, and are generally trouble free.

• Fuel Injection pump fuses were uprated from 1998-on, and are worth retrofitting to older cars.

• Transmissions are robust, although the shift action can loosen with age, requiring cable replacements. Earlier cars had unbraided rubber hoses to the clutch making it function erratically, but braided items can be retro-fitted and newer cars should have them installed from the factory.

• The body is constructed of aluminium panels glued to the chassis, so rust is not an issue. Corrosion to the foot well floor was common in Series 1 and early Series 2 cars though.

• Sports Exhausts tend to wear out quickly, while the standard items are much more reliable

• Window winder mechanisms tend to give various problems, but and can be repaired by specialists to save on costs

• A number of recalls were carried out over the years, so check whether your specific model had them carried out to avoid future issues
 
Model history

1996: Lotus Elise Series 1 goes on sale with 118bhp 1.8l engine
1998: Sport 135 with 145bhp released
1999: 111S introduced with power up to 143bhp and closer ratio gearbox
2000: Track focused 180bhp 340R introduced in limited numbers – track pack option increased power to 190bhp. Sport 160 introduced with 160bhp and Sport 190 introduced with 190bhp.
2001: Lotus Elise Series 2 introduced. New 111S model introduced, now with 160bhp. 135R (known as Sport111) and Sport 190 continue track-biased offerings
2005: Toyota powertrains adopted across the range. Rover powered 111S model discontinued and replaced by 111R with 190bhp Toyota engine
2006: Minor updates to ECU and the introduction of LED rear lights
2007: New Base Elise S released with 134bhp retaining five-speed gearbox. 111R renamed Elise R
2008: 218bhp Supercharged Elise SC introduced with six-speed gearbox
2010: Series 2 Face Lift introduced. Base model now with 1.6-litre engine producing the same 134bhp as outgoing 1.8-litre motor. S and S cup models come fitted with supercharged 1.8-litre engine
2011: Final year of sale for street legal Elise in US
2015: Elise available from factory in base, S and S Cup variants. Comfort Pack adds central locking and soundproofing. The Exige is the hardtop equivalent and there were numerous Special Edition models built throughout production
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.lotuscars.com/elise-sport
• www.clublotus.co.uk
• elise-faq.info 
 
Summary and prices
 
Thanks to such a long production run, an Elise can be found to suit most budgets. Series 1 and early Series 2 cars tend to range between £11,000 and £15,000. Facelifted Series 2s and more powerful variants are around £22,000 while brand new cars start at £29,900. 

A number of limited edition models, engine variations and transmission options means that you are spoilt for choice when choosing your Elise. Entry level models are great for a weekend blast, although you may want to look at the more powerful versions if you intend to do frequent track days. 

On that note, as long as you watch out for overly abused cars, and stay away from modified vehicles, you should end up with a fantastic sports car that will bring a smile to your face on any journey. Except perhaps a long one.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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  • Lotus Elise

    £23,495 £23,495

    Variant name:111R 16V TOURING ,Derivative:MK2 ,Variant: 111R 16V TOURING Lotus Elise 111R Touring, 190BHP, 2 owner from new with only 15,900 miles. We sold this car back in 2015 to its current owner, in this time the car has had £8700 spent on it, not because it needed it, because he wanted to, he made it with our help look and feel as good as when it was new. This car wants and needs nothing other than someone to carry on the good work. The car has a total of 6 stamps in the book, 3 from the supplying dealer and the latest 3 by us and the car will leave with its next service completed. We have a good size folder with old bills, invoices including the purchase invoice, COC, original brochures and the last 10 MOT'S. Finished in Starlight Black with Black leather and Silver stitching. The car benefits from ABS, Alarm, Tool Kit, Cd Player, Immobiliser, Storage Net, Leather Trim, Touring Pack, Full Carpet Set, Electric Windows, Insulated Soft Top, Six Speed Gear Box, Spider Alloy Wheels, 3-Piece Rear Diffuser, Auxiliary Driving Lamps, Remote Control Locking, 2016 Fit New Under Tray, 2016 Fit New LED Rear Lights, 2016 Full Alloy Wheel Refurb, ,2016 Fit New Centre Wheel Caps, 2016 Fit New Dab Bluetooth Radio, 2016 Fit New Alloy Indicator Stalks, 2016 Fit New Seat runner Both Sides, 2016 Fit New Hand Brake Grip & New Gear Knob, 2016 Paint Work Detailed With Gtechniq C1 & Exo, 2016 4 New Brake Callipers Painted Yellow By Lotus, 2016 Allon White Sports Cars, New Leather Door Sills, 2016 Allon White Sports Cars, New Leather Centre Console,

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 15900 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £23,495 £23,495
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  • Lotus Elise

    £22,750 £22,750

    Variant name:111R 16V TOURING ,Derivative:MK2 ,Variant: 111R 16V TOURING This Lotus Elise 111R is powered by the all-aluminium 189 horsepower (141 kW) 1.8L DOHC Toyota ZZ engine with a Yamaha designed twin-cam head offering variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valvetrain, and a 6speed manual Toyota C64 gearbox. The Series 2 model is acclaimed as the best version of the Elise to date, with tremendous performance numbers. Many tests show 0–60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in approximately 4.9 seconds, or 4.7 seconds with the Sport Package. The engine management computer is a Lotus programmed unit. The first of the Toyota engined Elise's, this particular Elise is finished in trick Metallic Burgundy Red complete with Touring Pack, Black Leather interior, having had only two previous owners, and covered only 26000 miles with full dealer service history, most of which has been done by us. For more information and finance options, please contact Fraser on 07880 554460/01279 813907. Part Exchange welcome **Viewing by appointment only**

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 26000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £22,750 £22,750
  • Lotus Elise

    £24,995 £24,995

    Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If youd like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If youd like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. An impeccable Lotus Elise S1 with one owner, full history and just 4,757 miles! EQUIPMENT Composite body panels with detachable front and rear clamshells, extruded anodised aluminium epoxy-bonded spaceframe chassis, integral roll over hoop, STACK electronic speedo and tacho with multifunction LCD, 12v socket, interior lamp switch, tell-tale warning lamps, odometer, trip recorder, instrument brightness control. Factory options: Metallic paint, passenger footrest, leather trim seats, radio fitting kit, Thatcham One approved Cobra alarm/immobiliser, driving lamps, car boot tidy. EXTERIOR Finished in striking and optional Azure Metallic, (Code B20), this exceptional and clearly pampered example looks truly magnificent. Strictly garaged by the one and only owner from new and dry use only for just 4,757 miles, this quickly becomes apparent when even the fragile underside green jacking stickers are still attached! The bright green epoxy resin used to bond the aluminium at factory is still bright and the V.I.N. stamped in the chassis to the offside rear wheel arch area is clearly visible. The factory fitted windscreen is beginning to whiten at the lower corners and one headlight cluster has slight lifting to the inner bowl, cosmetic observations only. Wheel arch apertures and the flat underside to aid aerodynamics are very clean. The Black material hood and simple roof apparatus is perfect and the hex key removal tool is correctly housed behind the driver’s seat. An impeccably preserved Lotus Elise Series 1. INTERIOR Engineering excellence is built into the interior with the aim to save weight and provide ultimate driver focused enjoyment. The optional Tan Leather sports seats are in pristine condition and the unique Lotus/Nardi steering wheel is unmarked with natural surface veins clearly defined. The standard dash proudly displays the ‘Elise’ logo and the crystal-clear STACK instrumentation functions correctly providing at-a-glance information. The wide sills are protected by a leather/cloth pad with some minor markings visible, easily made with even the first entry/exit into the car! The doors remain open thanks to undamaged door retaining plates and the windows wind up and down smoothly. An interior Colin Chapman would be proud of. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Entirely standard and despite the low mileage the car has benefited from regular Lotus main dealer and specialist servicing, with 12 stamped entries in the service book the most recent by main dealer, Leven Lotus of Edinburgh, in June 2018 at 4,714 miles. The four cylinder in line 16 valve engine with aluminium engine block and cylinder head displaces 1796cc to produce 118bhp at 5500rpm and 165Nm torque at 3000rpm. Lightweight construction, rear wheel drive and mid-mounted engine, this ticks the core race car credentials and the driving experience is a must for any petrolhead. The clean engine bay and front compartment display a fully intact heat insulation panel, factory identification sticker, PDI markings and labels. The 5-speed close ratio gearbox with short throw is precise and direct. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Unique to Lotus are the 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels which are unmarked except for a light chip to one rear wheel. The Lotus centre badges are pristine and those with a keen eye for originality will note the collector pleasing factory fitted Pirelli PZero tyres still showing excellent tread. Cast iron 282mm ventilated discs with unique Lotus/AP Racing opposed piston front calipers stop the car safely and quickly. HISTORY FILE A car with an interesting and heart-warming history! The first and only owner, Mr Pier Sinforiani, paid the impressive sum of £0.00 for the car having won first prize in a Daily Record newspaper competition in 1998. Supplied direct from Lotus Cars Ltd Service Department, the car was registered new on 3rd March 1998 and the original vehicle checklist and despatch record and somewhat irrelevant (in this instance) price list is held in the history file! Mr Sinforiani’s amazing fortunate luck came at a wonderful moment just as he retired, ready for him to enjoy the car socially in dry conditions only. The car was strictly garaged at all times and now well into his 80’s, the decision to part with his prized Lotus has been carefully decided. Despite the very low mileage of just 4,757 miles, there are 12 stamped entries in the service booklet with the most recent by main dealer, Leven Lotus of Edinburgh, in June 2018 at 4,714 miles. The corresponding Leven Lotus service is held in the history file along with previous MOT certificates and other invoices. A documented and stamped timing belt change has been carried out at 4,514 miles and is within time. The Elise document wallet holds all handbooks, factory alarm installation certificate and point of sale literature as well as the important factory build sticker and an unused tax disc holder. Completing the history file is an original sales brochure and both keys supplied with the car when new. One owner and exceptionally low mileage, this Elise is for the demanding connoisseur seeking one of Hethel’s finest, both in condition and credentials. MOT August 2019, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/gtJJFCOXuzg To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/albums/72157698258231331 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1998
    • Mileage: 4757 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £24,995 £24,995
  • Lotus Elise

    £25,995 £25,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. An exhilarating Lotus Elise 111S with full Lotus history and just 13,504 miles. EQUIPMENT Composite body panels with detachable front and rear clamshells, extruded anodised aluminium epoxy-bonded spaceframe chassis, integral roll over hoop, rear wing, lens covers, driving lamps, STACK electronic speedo and tacho with multifunction LCD, 12v socket, interior lamp switch, tell tale warning lamps, odometer, trip recorder, instrument brightness control. Factory options: Cloth hood, metallic paint, passenger footrest, storage pockets, leather trim seats. EXTERIOR Finished in striking and optional Metallic Mustard Yellow, (Code B36), this exceptional and clearly pampered example looks stunning. Garaged by both owners from new and strictly used in dry conditions which becomes quickly apparent when even the fragile underside green jacking stickers are still attached! The bright orange epoxy resin used to bond the aluminium at factory is still bright and the V.I.N. stamped in the chassis to the right hand rear wheel arch area is clearly visible. Tiny touch up marks to minor stone chips reveal the efforts used to uphold originality and do not detract from the amazing appearance. Wheel arch apertures and the underside are spotlessly clean and unique 111S standard features such as the rear wing, spats to accommodate the wider tyres and aerodynamic faired lens covers remain fitted. The optional Black material hood is perfect. Iconic, very special and cherished. INTERIOR Engineering excellence is built into the interior with the aim to save weight and provide maximum driver enjoyment. The optional Black Leather sports seats are in pristine condition and the unique Lotus/Nardi steering wheel is unmarked. The standard carbon effect dash proudly displays the ‘111S’ logo and the crystal clear STACK instrumentation functions correctly providing at-a-glance information. The wide sills are protected by a leather/cloth pad with the drivers side showing minor marks easily made with even the first entry/exit into the car! The doors remain open thanks to undamaged door retaining plates and the windows wind up and down smoothly. An interior Colin Chapman would be proud of. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The original owner was a true Lotus fanatic part exchanging his standard 1996 Lotus Elise for this 1998 111S model due to the extra power of the K16 1.8 VVC engine. In 2005 works were carried out by Minister Racing Engines to the sum of £6,412 with an invoice to confirm. With a performance head to 170 Spec and reassurance of a head gasket upgrade along with other proven enhancements this example comfortably outperforms the standard performance figures of 0-60mph in 5.38 seconds and a top speed of 133mph. A glorious exhaust bark and a red plenum and cam cover give a clue to the fun ahead. The supplying Lotus Main Dealer continued to annually service the car and it was subsequently sold by Lotus Main Dealers Westover Sports Cars in December 2014 as an Approved Lotus with their warranty proving and reassuring all workmanship carried out. The close ratio 5-speed gearbox as fitted to the 111S is a delight. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Unique Lotus-designed 6-spoke light alloy wheels manufactured by OZ and fitted as standard on the 111S are unmarked except for a light mark to one rear wheel. The Lotus centre badges are pristine and the original red Koni monotube dampers combined with Yokhama Advan tyres provide phenomenal grip. Cast iron cross drilled ventilated discs with unique Lotus/AP Racing opposed piston front calipers stop the car safely and quickly. HISTORY FILE When the original Lotus Elise was launched in 1996 to rapturous acclaim pundits cried out for more power and the Lotus Elise 111S was launched on the 8th March 1999 and continued until August 2000 just before the Series 2 was announced. This example was supplied new by UK Main Dealers, JCT600 in Leeds, to Mr Sutcliffe on the 19th October 1999. The new car invoice included in the comprehensive history file reveals a purchase price of £27,953.75. Mr Sutcliffe, a devoted Lotus fanatic, swapped in his standard 1998 Lotus Elise in Norfolk Yellow and remained the custodian of this car until January 2015. During his ownership the vehicle was serviced by the supplying Dealer no less than 10 times with invoices and a stamped service book to prove despite having covered only 11,861 miles. Again during his careful ownership in October 2005 works to the sum of £6,412 were carried out to improve the performance and longevity of the engine which is fully documented in the history file. Supplied to the only other owner, Mr Crew as an Approved Lotus through Westover Sports Cars, this meticulously maintained example has been serviced a further four times by them with the last entry being in December 2017 at 13,404 miles. The service history is stamped across two service books. The vehicle has now covered a warranted 13,504 miles. Supplied with all handbooks, spare keys and brochures, this Elise is for the demanding connoisseur seeking one of Hethel’s finest. MOT January 2019 and HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/XuovN2CE3MY To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskABBam5 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1999
    • Mileage: 13504 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £25,995 £25,995
  • Lotus Elise

    £49,950 £49,950

    Variant name:SPORT 220 ,Derivative:1111 ,Variant: SPRINT 220 Pride of place in the latest Elise line-up is the new Sprint edition, capturing the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg. Featuring a host of weight-saving Carbon Fibre items as standard, as well as the Elise’s distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles. Benefitting the range as a whole, all new Elise editions receive the car’s new look and new interior options, and every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport 220 variants. Competitive finance available. Please call Fraser on 07880 554460 or 01279 813907 for more information.

    • Year: 2018
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £49,950 £49,950
  • Lotus Elise Reserved

    POA POA

    Lotus Elise 111S presented in Lazer Blue comes with a full history and the following specification; Black leather, three spoke leather steering wheel, radio with USB, alcantara dash, alcantara gear lever, vehicle tracker, black roof and 16" alloy wheels finished in Graphite. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Convertible Transmission: Manual Mileage: 37,600 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2003 (03) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 1.8 Finished in: Lazer Blue

    • Year: 2003
    • Mileage: 37600 mi
    For sale
    POA POA
  • Lotus Elise 220 Sport

    £44,635 £44,635

    *** PRE REGISTERED, DELIVERY MILES, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL*** 20 years ago the Lotus Elise revolutionised the sports car world, setting the benchmark for handling, purity of the driving experience, lightweight and efficiency. It’s pioneering and advanced bonded aluminum chassis was a market-leading technological innovation at the time and over the years despite improvements and evolutions to the design remains core to the Elise’s exceptional performance today. With a power to weight ratio of 237bhp/ton (241PS/1,000kg), the new Lotus Elise Sport 220 has the performance to match the looks. Its supercharged 1.8l engine enables 0-60 in 4.2 seconds onto a V-max of 145mph (234kph). However due to its low weight and 6 speed gearbox its combined fuel economy is a fantastic 37.7mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO 2 emissions are only 173g/km. Aside from the mechanicals underpinning every Elise Sport 220 is the strongest, most efficient, and lowest weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub ever produced for the Elise, giving the car un-paralled road holding ability as well as creating the vital safety structure for its occupants. First shown in early 2017 the 17.5MY has been on a small diet losing 10kg thanks t

    For sale
    £44,635 £44,635
  • Lotus Elise S 1.8 Sport Touring

    POA POA

    Finance Example Deposit Balance Fees Total Payable Term Fixed Rate Representative APR 1st Payment Monthly Payment Final Payment HP £3,590 £32,310 £199* £41,221 48 3.83% 7.92% £780 £780 £979 PCP £3,590 £32,310 £1* £42,921 48 4.09% 7.9% £573 £573 £11,827 Residual backed products are available on this vehicle upon application. Please call to discuss your requirements *Fees are already accounted for within the payments displayed and are also included within the total amount payable. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Other finance offers may be available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. We work with a number of carefully selected credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your purchase. We are only able to offer finance products from these providers. Postal Address: Crown Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6BS Fitted with a 1.8-litre Supercharged producing 217bhp and propelling you to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 145mph. This car is prepared by our award winning workshop to the very highest standards. The service history is as follows: 18/05/2015 - Lotus Newcastle @ 846 miles 22/03/2016 - Independent Garag

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 3150 mi
    For sale
    POA POA
  • Lotus Elise Sport 220

    £41,640 £41,640

    *** PRE REGISTERED, DELIVERY MILES, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL*** 21 years ago the Lotus Elise revolutionised the sports car world, setting the benchmark for handling, purity of the driving experience, lightweight and efficiency. It’s pioneering and advanced bonded aluminum chassis was a market-leading technological innovation at the time and over the years despite improvements and evolutions to the design remains core to the Elise’s exceptional performance today With a power to weight ratio up to 257bhp/ton (241PS/1,000kg), the new Lotus Elise Sport 220 has the performance to match the looks. Its supercharged 1.8l engine enables 0-60 in 4.1 seconds onto a V-max of 145mph (234kph). However due to its low weight and 6 speed gearbox its combined fuel economy is a fantastic 37.7mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO 2 emissions are only 173g/km First shown in early 2017 the 17.5MY has been on a small diet losing 10kg thanks to a redesigned front clam panel, redesigned of the rear transom panel and the iconic open-gate gear selector which provides a much more positive and direct operation. The unregistered 17.5MY Elise Sport 220 offered here at Hofmann’s of Henley is finished in Metallic Racing Green with Bla

    For sale
    £41,640 £41,640
  • Lotus Elise 250 Cup - MY 17.5

    £47,450 £47,450

    *** CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, WAS £49,950 *** Proving that less is more, Lotus’ high performance MY17.5 Cup version of the famous Elise has shed a further 14 kg and increased power to 283 hp per tonne. Weighing in at 917 kg and capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest ever road-going Lotus Elise. 
Delivered to the marque’s now famous ‘Lightweight Laboratory’, it emerged with a range of features, including a Lithium-ion battery, which slashes 10 kg of the weight, carbon fibre seats, reducing the weight by 6 kg, and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, saving a further 1.5 kg. Designed to suit all sports car fans, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is available for the first time as a roadster as standard, with a hard top available as an option. Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm. Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) provides a ‘Sport’ mode, increasing throttle response, lowering traction slip thresholds and removing under steer recognition, allowing enhanced control before the system intervenes. The Elise Cup

    For sale
    £47,450 £47,450
  • Lotus Elise S2 – Honda K20 Supercharged

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    2003 Lotus Elise S2 Honda K20 engine plus supercharged, LinkUp conversion. About 300hp. Gaz dampers all around Professionally converted from RHD to LHD in 2014. LED rear lights. Carbon fibre seats, carbon fibre door panel etc. More than 10k euros spent on upgrades. Selling on behalf of a Customer. Italian registration with correct Honda K20 engine on the logbook. Worldwide shipping available.

    For sale
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  • Lotus Elise 111R 16V TOURING - CHARGE COOLED SUPERCHARGER - 302 BHP @ HUBS

    £28,000 £28,000

    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE 111R 2004(04) REGISTERED 01/03/2004 CHASSIS: SCCPA11154HN31337 MONKEY WRENCH STROKER 1.93L ENGINE SUPERCHARGED / CHARGE COOLED 302 BHP AT THE HUBS HISTORY: 39900 miles from new. 3 owners. Enormous Specification with Full History / Invoices totalling over £57000 since new. Full handbook pack. 2 Keys. MOT 02/11/2018. OWNERSHIP: Sold new by Wilsons Lotus to a local man who kept for just 3 months. The 2nd owner a purchased from Castle Lotus and developed the car over the following 13 years. The last keeper from May 2017 prior to my recent acquisition. SERVICE HISTORY: 26/02/04 PDI Wilsons 24/04/04 667 Wilsons 14/05/05 10315 Castle 03/04/06 20164 Castle All servicing - upgrades carried after this date by Hanger 111 - Sinclair motorsport with recent engine build by Torque Developments. Enormous invoice file with a record of every development stage from 2004 to date. ENGINE: TORQUE DEVELOPMENTS have just completed an exacting £10,000 rebuild due to a cylinder liner issue. Gas flowed heads, 1000cc injectors and uprated charge cooler pump were also incorporated. The result after optimisation is an excellent 302 bhp and 200 lbs ft torque DIN corrected at the H

    • Year: 2004
    For sale
    £28,000 £28,000
  • Lotus Elise 111R 16V TOURING

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    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE 111R SUPER TOURING 2006(06) NOW SOLD: ALWAYS LOOKING TO REPLACE LOTUS STOCK. PLEASE CONTACT GILES FOR A CHAT Chassis SCCPC11106HN31906 2006 Model Year HISTORY: 4 owners, 18835 miles from new. FULL SERVICE HISTORY with 8 entries in the book c/w invoice documentation. MOT 25/07/2015. 2sets of keys. Complete hand book pack. OWNERSHIP: Delivered new by Dick Lovett in Wiltshire to a local owner. One year later the car is resold to the next keeper from Hampshire who retains for the following 18 months. The 3rd owner motors on for just 9 months prior to the last purchasing via Stratstone in January 2010. A recent p/x with myself for a newer example completes the picture. SERVICE DETAILS: 10/07/2006 Dick Lovett. PDI 29/08/2006 Dick Lovett 1423 miles 18/10/2007 Dick Lovett 3092 24/10/2009. JCT 600 6854 20/01/2010 Stratstone 8665 23/03/2011 Castle Lotus 11971 06/07/2011 Castle Lotus 14694 26/07/2013 Castle Lotus 16648 (updated ECU) 25/07/2014 Castle Lotus 18244 ( 2 new rear Bilstein dampers) EXTERIOR: Looking simply beautiful in pearl SOLAR yellow the bodywork carries no damage of any sort with the original paintwork in very well polished condition with no scr

    • Year: 2006
    For sale
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  • LOTUS ELISE 111R - HARD TOP - 189 BHP - INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

    £20,995 £20,995

    With 189 BHP Toyota power, a six-speed gearbox and the most impressive ride and handling compromise since its launch, the Elise is better than ever. On most roads this firepower vehicle will keep all but the most determined Ferrari driver honest. We've said it all before about the Elise's chassis and the fact that its diminutive size allows you to push where a bigger car would force a bit of a pause for thought and mental measurement. This Magnetic Blue example comes with optional Hard Top, Blaupunkt digital radio and MP3/CD player, remote central locking and electric windows. Please make an enquiry below or book an appointment on 01727 858000 to view this car.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 49000 mi
    For sale
    £20,995 £20,995
  • Lotus Elise 111R 16V SPORTS RACER

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    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE 111R SPORTS RACER 2006(06) ALWAYS LOOKING FOR STOCK - PLEASE RING OR EMAIL LIMITED EDITION NO: 77/100 CHASSIS SCCPA11196HC31841 OWNERSHIP: 2 owners and 10069 miles from new. Full main dealer service history with 6 stamps in the book plus invoice documentation. Last serviced 23/06/2014 at 9741 miles. 2 sets of keys, All handbooks. TAX 31/12/2014. MOT 07/07/2015. HISTORY: Supplied new by Christopher Neil’s to a gentlemen from St Helens who kept the car for 16 months. The 2nd keeper from Hertfordshire garaged the car in his 6 year care and drove just 4500 miles on sunny summer days only. His disposal was entirely due to the imminent arrival of a new Lotus which undoubtably will receive the same care and attention as this car. EXTERIOR: Using the previous owners words he was of the view that this was probably ‘The best condition Sports Racer available’. Certainly the fully lacquered Ardent Red paintwork with Triple Monaco white stripes is apart from one chip in pretty much as it would have been when new. The paint protection film at the front looks equally unmarked. When viewed the appearance is simply outstanding, immediately drawing the fullest admirat

    • Year: 2006
    For sale
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