Elise models

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Elise S1

All variants have Rover K-series engines.

S1 - K-series with 118bhp

S1 135 - K-series with 135bhp

S1 111S - K-series VVC with 143bhp

S1 Sport 160 - K-series with 160bhp

S1 Sport 190 - K-series VHPD with 177bhp

Exige S1

Rover K-series VHPD with 177bhp

Elise S2

Earlier models had Rover K-series engines. Later models from 2004 have Toyota engines.

2001-2005 Elise (Rover Engines)

S2 (inc. Sports Tourer and Race Tech option packs)

Rover K-series with 120bhp


S2 Sport 135

Rover K-series with 135bhp


S2 Sport 135R

Rover K-series with 135bhp

Track-biased suspension

Wheel and tyre upgrades


S2 Sport 190

Rover K-series VHPD engine with 190bhp

Track-biased suspension

Wheel and tyre upgrades


S2 111 and 111S

Rover K-series VVC with 156bhp

2004-2010 Elise (Toyota Engines)

Lotus Elise S2 Model History 2004+

2004 111R, later called "Elise R"

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine with 189bhp


2005+ Federal Elise Changes

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine with 189bhp

Driver and Passenger Airbags

Seat belt tensioners

Restyled interior dashboard with front speakers moved on top

Revised springs and dampers

Sidelamp markers on front and rear wheelarches

USA compliant fueling and emissions system

Yokohoma AD07 tires standard


2006+ Changes

111R moved to Electronic throttle control

Optional Traction Control and Limited Slip Differential

All Cars fitted with Yokohoma AD07 tires standard

Optional Forged "Sport" Wheels from Exige

LED Taillights

Probax Seats

Improved Color selection

Federal Elise fueling and emissions system revised


2007+ "Elise S"

Toyota 1ZZ-GE engine with 134bhp


2008+ "Elise SC"

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine Supercharged with Magnuson MP45 218bhp

Exige S2

Lotus Exige Model History 2004-2007
Lotus Exige Model History 2007-2011

2004-2006 Exige

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine with 189bhp

Restyled bodywork from Elise including:

Fixed Roof, Rear wing, and Front Splitter

Re-styled wheels

Yokohoma AO48 tires


2006+ Exige S (2007+ USA)

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine Supercharged with Magnuson MP62 220bhp

Enlarged Roof Scoop addition for intercooler airflow

Side Scoops, wing, and front splitter painted body color

Revised muffler with oval tailpipe


Exige S240

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine Supercharged with Magnuson MP62 240bhp

High Flow fuel injectors

Full Roof Length Scoop

Improved clutch

AP Racing 4-piston front caliper w/ 308mm rotors optional


Exige S260

Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine Supercharged with Magnuson MP62 260bhp

Elise S3

Lotus Elise S3 Model History

Lotus gave the Elise a facelift for the 2011 model year, creating the S3 Elise. It featured a restyle of both the front and rear clam and the move to the Toyota 1ZR-FAE. This was the final year of the Federal Elise which was powered by the Toyota 2ZZ-GE. In 2012 Lotus unveiled the Elise S featuring the Toyota 2ZR-FE engine and a Magnuson TVS R900 supercharger.

Elise - Toyota 1ZR-FAE engine with 134bhp - 876kg

Elise S - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 217bhp - 924kg

Elise Club Racer

In 2012 Lotus released the Elise Club Racer that features a 24 kg weight reduction by changing to lightweight battery and removing noise insulation materials. In 2013 Lotus extended the weight reduction to supercharged Elise model, calling it the Elise S Club Racer.

Elise Club Racer - Toyota 1ZR-FAE engine with 134bhp - 852kg

Elise S Club Racer - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 217bhp - 904kg

Elise Sport

Lotus Elise Sport

The 2016 Elise Sport features lighter sports seats, a thinner battery and other weight saving measures which total up to a loss of 10kg over the Elise and Elise S.

Elise Sport - Toyota 1ZR-FAE engine with 134bhp - 866kg

Elise Sport 220 - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 217bhp - 914kg

Elise Sprint

Lotus Elise Sprint 220

The 2017 Elise Sprint features a Lithium-Ion battery, carbon seats, lightweight forged alloy wheels, carbon access panel, carbon roll hoop cover, carbon engine cover, and polycarbonate rear screen for a total weight saving of 26kg over the Elise Sport.

Elise Sprint - Toyota 1ZR-FAE engine with 134bhp - 798kg

Elise Sprint 220 - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 217bhp - 878kg

Elise Cup

Lotus Elise Cup 250 (2018)

In 2014 Lotus saw demand for a track only hardcore Elise and commissioned the Elise S Cup R. It features all of the equipment that you would expect from a factory race car such as a FIA-compliant roll cage, HANS-compliant driver’s seat, six-point harness, fire extinguisher, quick-release steering wheel, and body kit.

Shortly thereafter a road legal version was released as the 2015 Elise S Cup. It retained the body kit and styling from the S Cup R but added road going features such as headlights, 3 point seatbelts, airbags, a passenger seat, and an optional Comfort Pack. The comfort pack featured a stereo with 4 speakers, carpet, sound insulation, and central door locking.

Improving upon the Elise S Cup, Lotus increased the boost for 2016 with the Elise Cup 250. In 2017 Lotus reduced the Cup 250 by 14kg with a lithium-ion battery, carbon fibre seats, lightweight forged alloy wheels and a polycarbonate rear window.

In 2017 Lotus unveiled a special Elise Cup 260 to commemorate its 70th anniversary. The Cup 260 features a revised intake that increases horsepower to 250, all optional carbon fiber components from the Cup 250, louvered front fenders, a carbon fiber front splitter, and a new carbon fiber rear wing that allow it to lap the Hethel test track 2.5 seconds faster than the Cup 250.

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Lotus Elise Cup 260 (2018)

Elise S Cup R - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 217bhp - 900kg

Elise S Cup - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 217bhp - 932kg

Elise Cup 250 - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 243bhp - 917-931kg

Elise Cup 260 - Toyota 2ZR-FE engine Supercharged with Magnuson TVS R900 250bhp - 902kg

Exige S3

The V6 engined Exige retains the same basic chassis that has been used throughout the Elises life, but matches it up with a new rear sub-frame similar in design to that of the Evora with which it shares it's 2GR-FE engine.

Compared the the S2 the Exige V6 has a 70mm longer wheelbase to accommodate the new engine, 25mm wider front track and 38mm wider rear track.

Exige V6 and S2 Elise Overhead Comparison


Further Information

http://www.elises.co.uk/models/