On the surface there doesn’t appear to be a great deal new about the latest Lotus Elise. There are new lights that incorporate LED daytime running lights (and which bear a striking resemblance to those on the Ferrari California), plus new, lighter wheels and fractionally tweaked aerodynamics. So far, so minimal.
New engine – 46mpg
The bigger changes are under the skin, because Lotus has fitted a new 1.6-litre Toyota-sourced engine with 134bhp – doesn’t sound much, does it? However, there’s another crucial figure that is similarly low, and that’s CO2 output – at 149g/km, the Elise could well be the world’s first low-guilt sports car. Not only that, but it’ll do an average of 46mpg.
Low CO2, high excitement
Low guilt then, but not low excitement. Once you’re up to speed, the Elise flows along a twisting road beautifully, gripping hard and changing direction quickly, with the unassisted steering telling you everything you need to know. It even rides well.
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