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The refinement of British cars has never been called in question. It will just suffice to mention Lotus sports models which are true masterpieces. Their design, equipment and performance speak sophistication, while driving impressions get permanently imprinted in a person’s memory. However, it’s better to take acknowledgement of the laudatory words from the 2016 Lotus Elise review.
As compared with the Elise S, new sports madcap has got 10 kg of weight reduction. The Sport version now weighs 866 kg, whereas the Sport 220 weighs 914 kg. The employment of lightweight materials in the chassis frame promoted for a better fuel economy index, though CO2 emissions index remained unchanged. Both modifications are offered in a variety of paintworks, including red, yellow, orange, silver, black, gray, blue, and white.
Elise Sport Overview
The 2016 Elise Sport distinguishes itself in its class by individuality and charm. This small-sized sports car (3824x1719x1117 mm dimensions, 2300 mm wheelbase) boasts a large grille, supplemented by upper foglights and lower air vents. The hood vents sit deep, while the headlights resemble those used in Elise S for the 2012 model year. The rear-end houses a matte-black diffuser, dual exhaust pipes & taillights which encase the Lotus badge.
The chassis comes bundled with LED daylight lamps, LED rear lights, black rooftop, fully independent suspension (double wishbone, anti-roll bar, Eibach coil springs). Besides, the car rests on 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.
Inside, the convertible roadster accommodates a pair of sports seats with either alcantara, leather or tartan upholstery. The doors come with leather-wrapped panels in rhyme to the seating trim. The dashboard speaks subtlety: the center console houses a set of controls, a gear shifter, a parking brake, and a push-to-start button.
The cockpit is equipped with standard essential gauges (speedo and tacho) as well as a leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel. Standard equipment of the Lotus Elise includes seatbelt pretensioners, central locking, airbags, power electric windows, immobilizer, remote activation, tire repair kit.
The vehicle is powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC, 16 valve engine, rated at 134 hp at 6800 RPM & 118 p-f of torque at 4400 RPM. The powertrain allows accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h for 6.5 seconds, achieving the maximal speed of 204 km/h. Therewith, the model is thought to consume 8.3 liters per 100 km in the city, 5.0 liters – in Extra Urban mode, and 6.3 liters per 100 km – in combined driving mode.
The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission with an open differential (Bosch electronic differential lock) that directs power to the rear wheels. The braking system entails Brembo brakes which are assisted by hydraulic brake assist, electronic brake distribution & cornering brake control.
Elise Sport 220 Details
To proceed with Lotus Elise review, it’s vital to mention one more modification – the Sport 220. It’s the same roadster but with additional 200 cc to the engine as well as Eaton supercharger for unprecedented performance. This roadster version employs a 1.8-liter engine, rated at 217 horsepower at 6800 RPM & 184 p-f of torque at 4600 RPM. The implementation of the turbocharger added some zest to the vehicle: it is able to accelerate up to 100 km/h for 4.6 seconds, while the top speed can reach 234 km/h.
Of course, the Sport 200 consumes more fuel than its comrade: in the city it eats up to 10.3 liters per 100 km, in the highway – 5.9 liters, and in combined mode – 7.5 liters. The powertrain is supplemented by Lotus electronic throttle control system & direct ignition mechanism.
The chassis is made of lightweight materials which include front composite energy absorbing crash pads, side door impact beams, composite body panels, and an aerodynamic rear diffuser. The cabin boasts nearly identical to the Sport equipment with sport-styled seats and driver-oriented cockpit. The steering wheel comes with a mechanical rack & pinion.
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