First Look: 2011 Lotus Elise

March 2, 2010
It's hard to believe, but Lotus' pint-sized sports car has soldiered on with only minor changes for the last 10 years. For 2011, more small changes are on the way to give the Elise a fresher look for the new decade.
2011 Lotus Elise Front
For the most part, styling revisions are limited to the car's front fascia. Designers sought to visually tie the Elise with the company's all-new Evora, replacing the quad headlamps with two angled lamp assemblies. The lower fascia receives a grille and side splitters that ape the Evora, while the upper air intake is also restyled for a resemblance. Side air intakes are simplified on the new model, and the engine cover has also been restyled.
To cut fuel economy and CO2 emissions, Lotus plans on offering a 1.6-liter I-4 in entry-level European-spec cars, but we wouldn't be surprised if Elises destined for North America continue to use the tried-and-true Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Expect the refreshed Elise to go on sale in Europe later this year and make its way Stateside by early 2011.


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2011 Lotus Elise

Base RWD 2-Dr Coupe I4
starting at (MSRP)
1.8L I4
Fuel Economy
21 City 27 Hwy
2011 Lotus Elise