Lotus is a British car manufacturer that has been around for decades now. Their Elise model has also been gracing the streets of the best cities of the world for close to 20 years now. Their 2015 model comes hot on the tail of Lotus’ other more recent and modern models that include the Elite and Esprit. However, Lotus decided to redesign the 2015 Lotus Elise so that it appeals to the more modern person.
Starting price for the 2015 Lotus Elise
The starting price in pound sterling for this elegant car is £35,000 which translates to about USD$51, 000. We can hear you whistling; yes this sports car will set you back a pretty penny. But it is money well spent.
Lotus Elise Modifications
We can hear many asking what the latest modifications are. In summary the new changes include a brand new chassis, a vibrant and energetic skin. Thankfully the car’s body has also been changed and the Elise now sports a bolder, younger look if you will. What’s not going to change however is the mid-engine and the rear-drive layout.
The engine has been crafted by Toyota and is a 2.0 Liter DOHC 16 Valve 4 cylinder model. There is a base 6 speed manual. If you wish you may request for the optional manual gearbox that comes in with a 7 speed double clutch that is automatic. You can expect to receive 320hp from this engine and 330 Lb-ft worth of torque.
This car’s weight is nothing to joke about at 2,414 pounds. If you are wondering about the acceleration speed from 0 to 62mph then you should know that it will take 4.3 seconds to hit that 63mph mark. The Elise clocks a top speed of 170mph.
The powertrain thus far has been described as being mildly hybrid thanks to the stop and start functionality of the software. In simple English this means that when the car is not moving, say at a traffic light it will turn off automatically. When the traffic light turns green however, and the driver engages the throttle the car turns on.
The Lotus Elise has always been a sporty car and the 2015 model thankfully has not lost that original concept and charm.
2015 Lotus Elise Interior
The interior of the Lotus Elise says luxury charm. The interior is all a swirl of texture from leather, to carbon, to aluminum to textile. Lotus has really done a number with the interior. It looks very sophisticated and posh. Just take a look at some of the pictures to get an idea of what we are talking about.
This is a 2 door vehicle, and when you look at the aluminum armrests you will see that all the multifunctional buttons have been placed here for easy access. The interior has an Alpine audio system as well as satellite TV, a CD slot and several other musical entry points. All windows and mirrors may be adjusted electronically. An interesting aside is that even though several upgrades have been made the car still requires keys and doesn’t operate on the push to start car mechanisms.