2003 Lotus Elise 135R

2003 Lotus Elise 135R

Developed by Lotus Sport and Performance in conjunction with the Lotus Ride and Handling team, the Lotus Sport Elise 135R has been designed to provide ultimate performance both on and off the track. Engine, suspension, wheel and tyre upgrades all contribute to what can only be described as the ultimate road and track Elise. Offering a more direct feel, the 135R affords the enthusiast driver with more immediate and sharper responses, developed to deliver exceptional driver involvement.


The power output of the engine is 135bhp. This has been achieved by modifying the ports of the cylinder head to improve gas flow, mixture and cylinder filling. The standard intake manifold has been replaced by a cast alloy version as used on the 111 range. Alongside a reprogrammed ECU these modifications further improve the Elise’s engine breathing’ allowing the driver to explore maximum engine revs in all gears increasing driver enjoyment, especially during track use.


Lotus’ world famous Ride and Handling team has developed an optimum set-up for both road and track use. The Elise’s Bilstein dampers have been re-calibrated to give stiffer bump and rebound settings. The dampers are also fitted with adjustable upper spring platforms threaded onto the damper itself, offering a wide range of settings for any use. A stiffer adjustable anti-roll bar has also been fitted to provide optimum steering response.

2003 Lotus Elise 135R

Wheels & Tyres

The Lotus Sport Elise 135R is fitted with O.Z. Racing one piece lightweight cast alloy 16-spoke wheels. While the rear wheel size remains unchanged the front wheel size has increased from 5.5 inches to 6.5 inches to give a more positive turn-in during track conditions. The O.Z. wheels are fitted with Yokohama AO48 tyres which have been developed in conjunction with Lotus to suit the requirements of the performance driver, with special emphasis on track use.


Externally the 135R will be recognisable by its striking colour and decals. Available in two new colours only, Silver Mica and Blue Mica, the 135R is fitted with two Lotus Sport 135R decals above each side repeater lamp and a larger decal at the rear. The F1 style diffuser has been utilised to accentuate aerodynamic performance.

2003 Lotus Elise 135R


Fitting its special edition status, the 135R has a bespoke interior limited to this model only. The instrument binnacle and column cowlings are trimmed in blue Alcantara, as are the seats with additional carbon leather trim and unique embroidery. Blue footwell carpets, embroidered with the 135R logo, are removable for track days.

2003 Lotus Elise 135R

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineRover K-Series Inline-4
positionMid Transverse
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedMultiport Sequential Fuel Injection
displacement1796 cc / 109.6 in³
power100.7 kw / 135 bhp @ 6250 rpm
specific output75.17 bhp per litre
bhp/weight178.57 bhp per tonne
torque171 nm / 126.1 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
body / frameComposite Body Panels Over Aluminum Spaceframe Structure
front tiresYokohama AO48 195/50 R16
rear tiresYokohama AO48 225/45 R17
front brakesCross Drilled & Vented Discs
f brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
rear brakesCross Drilled & Vented Discs
r brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
front wheelsF 40.6 x 16.5 cm / 16 x 6.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17 x 7.5 in
steeringUnassisted Rack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
curb weight756 kg / 1667 lbs
wheelbase2300 mm / 90.6 in
front track1457 mm / 57.4 in
rear track1503 mm / 59.2 in
length3785 mm / 149.0 in
width1719 mm / 67.7 in
height1143 mm / 45.0 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.923:1, 1.750:1, 1.307:1, 1.033:1, 0.848:1, :1
final drive4.20:1
top speed~207.6 kph / 129.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~5.2 seconds