Lotus isn’t a company that features regularly on Green-Car-Guide, however as our focus is on the best in class green cars, the new Elise, with 155 g/km CO2 and 46 mpg, certainly deserves a mention.
The 155g/km CO2 figure comes from a new 1.6 litre engine with 136 PS, and a new 6-speed manual gearbox. The secret to Lotus extracting great performance – 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds and 124 mph – from a modest 136 PS is the light weight of the Elise.
There’s also an Elise R with a 1.8 litre engine and 192 PS, which emits 196 g/km CO2, and an Elise SC with a 1.8 litre supercharged engine and 220 PS, which emits 199 g/km CO2.
The entry level Lotus Elise will have a new high technology 1.6 litre engine with Valvematic and Dual VVT-I technology to optimise the performance and efficiency of the engine. 155 g/km of CO2 is an improvement of over 13% compared to the 2010 Elise S.
There’s a revised body, influenced by the Evora, which has improved aerodynamics resulting in a reduction in Cd by 4%, which also helps with better fuel economy.
The 2011 model year Lotus Elise will make its debut at the Geneva Motorshow and will be in showrooms from April 2010. Prices will be announced in March 2010.
Keywords: Lotus Elise, 155 g/km CO2, 46 mpg