Acting under the pressure of the rapid and trendy exotic sports car category, the 2011 Lotus Elise is wearing new-look bodywork. 2011 Elise models will feature different front, rear engine cover and bumper body panels in base as well as the SC trim level reducing wind resistance. On the base model version of the 2011 Lotus Elise, a normally-aspirated 1.8 liter inline-4 engine pumps out an energetic 189 horsepower. Weighing just under 2,000 pounds, 0 to 60 mile per hour acceleration of the Lotus Elise occurs in 4.8 seconds through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. Lotus/ AP-Racing brakes and Brembo calipers provides considerable stopping power to the 17-inch cast alloy wheels. On the 2011 Lotus Elise SC, horsepower is boosted to 218 horsepower through a supercharger added to the mid-mounted 1.8 liter engine. With the increased power, acceleration drops to a quick 4.4 seconds. Other standard equipment found on all 2011 Lotus Elise models includes new LED daytime running lights and a tool kit.
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