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2011 Lotus Elise Convertible

Price Range: $51,845 - $54,990 | 20 MPG City - 26 MPG Highway

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2011 Lotus Elise Convertible

Benefits of Driving a 2011 Lotus Elise Convertible

The Lotus Elise has been available in Europe for more than a decade, while the U.S. had to wait until 2005 for the roadster to hit American shores. In the years since, little has changed for the Elise racer. People who buy the Elise are interested in a track car that can occasionally be driven in town. It is lightweight outside and in, and is not intended for casual use. But, when used properly, the Elise provides intense handling and supercar responsiveness. The 4-cylinder Toyota-sourced engine inside the 2011 Elise provides reliability and surprising fuel economy at 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

What's new for 2011?

Minimal changes have been made to the Elise line for 2011. The most notable updates include slightly revised styling at the front clamshell, rear bumper and an engine cover. New headlights have also been fitted, with LED daytime running lights and LED turn signals. Improved aerodynamics aid in achieving greater fuel economy and new cast and forged wheels give it an updated look. In the interest of saving weight, one of the new sets of wheels weighs only 65 lbs total.

Model Strengths

  • Distinctive roadster styling
  • lightweight with no-frills
  • excellent fuel economy
  • a fun weekend racer

Model Review

The Elise is a track-ready car with minimal interior comforts, nearly no cargo space and a rock-hard suspension. It's also one of the fastest, best-handling cars available. It offers supercar acceleration and handling in a striking design. The base Elise gets to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and the SC trim is a tenth of a second slower, but has a smoother power curve, making it slightly more drivable day-to-day.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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2011 Lotus Elise Convertible

2dr Conv

Engine

Engine Type 1.8L Gas I4
Horsepower 190 @ 7800 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 133 @ 6800 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 10.6 gal
Fuel Economy 21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 286.2 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels RWD

Wheels

Rims 17 x 7.5 in.
Tires P225/45R17

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 2 adults
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 90.5 in.
Curb Weight 1984 lb.
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2011 Lotus Elise Convertible

2dr Conv

Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Convertible Hardtop Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Targa Roof Standard
Leather Seats Optional

Convenience

Front Floor Mats Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Premium Sound System Standard

Exterior

Rear Spoiler Standard