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Lotus Elise S1 (1996 - 2001)

Last updated 26 November 2014


Model Timeline

1996: Lotus Elise launched

Elise arrives on the market, with a 118bhp 16v fuel-injected Rover K-Series engine. Alloy wheels, immobiliser and cloth upholstery are all standard, with leather and metallic paint optional.

1998: Uprated Elise added to the range

First official high-performance model arrives, the 190 VHPD, with 187bhp VVC version of the K-Series. It’s a track-focused car, with race seats and harnesses, roll cage and adjustable suspension. Also, during 1999, the 340R - perhaps the most raw and focused driver’s car ever to come out of Lotus - is launched. Think of it as an Elise without doors. It was a slow seller, with just 340 examples built.

1999: More Elise variations appear

Elise Sprint launched, but few are built before it's repackaged as the 111S, a regular production car with a 143bhp version of the VVC K-Series engine. Six-spoke alloys, bolt-on rear spoiler and wider rear tyres. Sport 135 appears
at same time, a 50-off special edition with uprated brakes and suspension.

2000: Ultimate K-Series cars added to the range

The Sport 160 joins range, with 160bhp from 16v Rover K-Series engine, a higher rear wing and metallic grey five-spoke alloys.

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