Small 2-seater mid-engined roadster Elise made its debut in 1995 in Frankfurt. With his appearance began a new era in the history of Lotus. The model immediately gained a lot of popularity among fans of sports car nines. The secret of success - an unusual, futuristic appearance and original design of the body. A non-trivial appearance perfectly combines classic and modern. Neither the incomparable exterior catches the eye. The front discs smaller than the rear (5.5 \"x 16 and 7.5\" x17, respectively), it added the appearance of the speakers. Initially, the model equipped with a vinyl soft top. In 1997 began to offer a removable hard top - hardtop.
Applying light alloys, engineers have achieved remarkably low weight pastors - only 690 kg. Space frame is not made of steel tubes and alloy. As a result, the frame turns out half the weight of steel, while the stiffness of the assembled body either does not yield all-metal.
From zero to 100 km / h V-Pick accelerates in 5.9 seconds.
Maximum speed - 202 km / h. Fuel consumption per 100 km in city mode - 9.7 liters, with a country - only 6.1 liters. It is noteworthy that the five-speed manual transmission, as well as almost all the details of Lotus Elise, is made of aluminum. By the way, the engine and transmission have been completely borrowed from the roadster MG MGF.
In Elise deserve special attention aluminum composite brakes, which are used for the first time in the series passenger car pastors, and a seat for the driver that is installed closer than the passenger, to the center line of pastors to improve weight distribution. Suspension of all wheels at Elise independent double wishbone unequal length, shock absorbers fitted Bilstein, springs Eibach.
For a fee you can add a complete set Elise air conditioning, audio system with CD-changer, Alcantara trim and perforated brake discs. It is noteworthy that all the models were going to order, and the price was consistent with the plant itself.