2000 Lotus Elise 111S


2000 Lotus Elise 111S

2000 Lotus Elise 111S

In 2000 Lotus introduced the second generation Elise. This evolutionary car, arguably one of the most important cars in Lotus’ fifty-two year history, added to the technology introduced on the Elise in 1996.

The Elise was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 1995 before entering production with first deliveries in August 1996. That Elise introduced a range of technologies such as a chassis made from extruded and bonded aluminium, a composite energy absorbing front crash structure and light weight composite body panels.

All Lotus Elises are hand assembled by skilled craftsmen at Lotus’ headquarters in Hethel, England. Each Elise takes about 100 man-hours to build and the final product is fine testament to the skills of Lotus.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Rover K-series Inline-4
position Mid Transverse
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 1796 cc / 109.6 in³
bore 80 mm / 3.15 in
stroke 89.3 mm / 3.52 in
power 91.0 kw / 122.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 67.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 171.83 bhp per tonne
torque 168 nm / 123.9 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frame Composite Body Panels Over Aluminum Spaceframe Structure
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires 175/55VR16
rear tires 225/45VR17
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
front wheels F 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
steering Unassisted Rack & Pinion
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
curb weight 710 kg / 1565 lbs
wheelbase 2300 mm / 90.6 in
front track 1457 mm / 57.4 in
rear track 1503 mm / 59.2 in
length 3785 mm / 149.0 in
width 1719 mm / 67.7 in
height 1143 mm / 45.0 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.923:1, 1.750:1, 1.307:1, 1.033:1, 0.77:1, :1
top speed ~200 kph / 124.3 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.6 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~17.1 seconds