Lotus Elise Technical Specification

Body Closed mould lightweight composite body panels, with detachable front and rear 'clamshells', facilitate balanced aerodynamic downforce, increasing cornering grip and high speed stability.

Chassis Lotus designed lightweight structure of epoxy bonded aluminium alloy extrusions with integral steel rollover structure and lightweight steel rear subframe.

Suspension Double wishbone with coil springs over gas pressurised monotube Bilstein dampers front and rear.

Steering Rigidly mounted rack and pinion steering. 2.8 wheel turns lock to lock.

Brakes 282mm-diameter cast iron ventilated discs, non-servo split hydraulic system, including unique Lotus/AP Racing opposed piston aluminium front calipers.

Wheels/Tyres Lotus designed lightweight 6-spoke, aluminium alloy wheels Front: 5.5" x 16" wheels with Lotus developed Bridgestone V rated 175/55 R16 tyres Rear: 7.5" x 17" wheels with Lotus developed Bridgestone V rated 225/45 R17 tyres

Instrumentation Electronic Stack Instruments unit with analogue display comprising re-calibrated Speedometer and Tachometer with multifunction LCD incorporating re-calibrated fuel gauge, temperature read out, rev limiter warning lamp, engine diagnostics warning lamp and seat belt warning.

Interior 2 Seats. Fore / aft adjustable driver's seat (passenger seat fixed in rearmost position.) 'Soft touch' sill and facia covers integrated into dashboard surround.

Lighting Integral headlights with optional aerodynamic faired lens cover.

Engine K Series : Transverse mid engine 4 cylinders in line, 1796cc All aluminium lightweight construction Double overhead camshaft: 16 valves Multi-point sequential fuel injection Maximum output: 122PS / 120bhp @ 5,500r/min* Maximum torque: 168Nm / 124 lb.ft between 3,500 - 4,500r/min*

Engine management Lotus K4 engine controller

Emission control Three-way catalytic converter Active on-board diagnostics - Euro III emissions compliant

Transmission 5-speed transaxle driving rear wheels. Close ratio gears fitted as standard equipment.

Ratios: First 2.923 Second 1.750 Third 1.307 Fourth 1.033 Fifth 0.848 Reverse 3.000 Final drive 4.200

Performance: Maximum speed 125 mph (200 km/h)* 0 - 62 mph (100km/h) 5.7 seconds* 0 - 100 mph (160km/h) 17.2 seconds*

Fuel Consumption: (litres/100km) (mpg) Urban 9.42 30 Extra Urban 6.14 46 Combined 7.33 38.5 Fuel requirement 95 RON ULG minimum

Dimensions: Wheel base 2300 mm Front track 1457 mm Rear track 1503 mm Overall length 3785 mm Overall width 1719 mm (excluding door mirrors) Overall height 1143 mm

Weight: Dry weight 710 Kg* Kerb weight 756 Kg* (including full tank of fuel at 30kg)

Weight distribution: 38% front 62% rear

Luggage compartment capacity: 115 litres

Fuel tank capacity: 38 litres (8.3 gallons)

Warranty 2 year warranty plus 1 year AA cover and an 8-year anti-corrosion warranty.

Options Standard Version Race Tech package Sports Tourer package

Published 23 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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