Lotus Elise gets facelift for 2011 model

Lotus Elise gets facelift for 2011 model

For the first time in more than seven years, the track-day warrior Lotus Elise is receiving a major facelift. And if you've noticing a few styling cues lifted from the Evora, your not wrong at all.

The striking new front fascia isn't there to help create a new-look uniformed range, it's actually mainly about efficiency. Thanks to the smoother, lower nose, restyled headlamps (complete with daytime running lights), larger grille and side ducting, new engine cover and reworked rear lines, the 2011 Elise's coefficient drag figure has been reduced by four percent.

The 1.8-litre engine remains, pumping out 192 hp in its naturally aspirated form and 217 hp when equipped with a supercharger. A new Toyota-sourced 1.6-liter engine will be made available for the first time with 134 hp (at 6,800 rpm) and 118 pound-feet of torque (at 4,400 rpm), which should result in a 0-100kph time of around six seconds. A six-speed manual remains standard on all models, and new lightweight forged wheels are available as an option, along with cruise control.

The 2011 Lotus Elise should be distributed globally from this April, expect sales to begin later this year.

For the first time in more than seven years, the track-day warrior Lotus Elise is receiving a major facelift. And if you've noticing a few styling cues lifted from the Evora, your not wrong at all.

The striking new front fascia isn't there to help create a new-look uniformed range, it's actually mainly about efficiency. Thanks to the smoother, lower nose, restyled headlamps (complete with daytime running lights), larger grille and side ducting, new engine cover and reworked rear lines, the 2011 Elise's coefficient drag figure has been reduced by four percent.

The 1.8-litre engine remains, pumping out 192 hp in its naturally aspirated form and 217 hp when equipped with a supercharger. A new Toyota-sourced 1.6-liter engine will be made available for the first time with 134 hp (at 6,800 rpm) and 118 pound-feet of torque (at 4,400 rpm), which should result in a 0-100kph time of around six seconds. A six-speed manual remains standard on all models, and new lightweight forged wheels are available as an option, along with cruise control.

The 2011 Lotus Elise should be distributed globally from this April, expect sales to begin later this year.

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