2006 Lotus Elise S


2006 Lotus Elise S

2006 Lotus Elise S

Loss of the Rover K series engine had temporarily created a hole in Lotus’ portfolio and its disappearance from the range was not good news for entry level sportscar lovers across the globe. The challenge of plugging the gap has now been addressed with the launch of the new Lotus Elise S – a sub 6 second 0 – 60mph sportscar, available at a stunning 35,365 Euros.

Lotus has shoehorned in a high technology 1.8-litre 134 hp Variable Valve Timing Toyota engine, which complements the phenomenal handling characteristics of the Lotus Elise. This delivers a cracking new entry-level car, capable of taking you from 0 – 60 mph in just 5.8 grin-inducing seconds (0 – 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds) and onto a top speed of 128 mph (205 km/h).

As the new entry-level car, the Elise S may not be the fastest or quickest Elise in the range, but the acceleration, performance and handling is class leading in its price bracket and belies the cost and real substance engineered into the new vehicle – what other sub-£24,000 roadster can reach 60 mph in less than 6.0 seconds?

2006 Lotus Elise S

It’s all down to light weight. Weighing in at just 860 kg, the Lotus Elise S is one of the lightest fully homologated sportscars in the world. Light weight has benefits for acceleration, the environment, handling, ride comfort and braking.

The Lotus Elise S is built around the revolutionary and award winning extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, with a lightweight steel rear subframe. The chassis itself weighs just 68 kg (150 lbs) and has a stiffness of 9,500 Nm per degree. The body design remains unchanged from the classic 190 hp Lotus Elise R.

Braking comes from AP Racing callipers at the front and Brembo Calipers at the rear linked to 282 mm vented and cross-drilled cast iron discs. The advanced ABS system incorporates an anti-lock system which is very unobtrusive and most drivers will not even notice that it is there.

The full Lotus Elise option menu is also available on Elise S, with the exception of a limited slip differential, ensuring the new car is easy to personalize to a customer’s individual requirements and preferences. There are no plans to launch the Elise S in the USA market for homologation reasons

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
price $$35 365 EUR
engineToyota 2ZZ-GE Straight 4
positionMid Transverse
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement1795 cc / 109.5 in³
bore82 mm / 3.23 in
stroke85 mm / 3.35 in
power101.4 kw / 136 bhp @ 6200 rpm
bhp/weight158.14 bhp per tonne
torque172 nm / 126.9 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm
body / frameComposite Body Panels Over Aluminum Spaceframe Structure
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front tires175/55VR16
rear tires225/45VR17
front brakesIron Disc w/AP Racing Calipers
f brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
rear brakesIron Disc w/Brembro Calipers
r brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
front wheelsF 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 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 weight860 kg / 1896 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, 0.77:1, :1
0 – 60 mph~5.9 seconds