A review of The Recent Lotus Elise Series 2 Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this the thirty second model in the Lotus range.
In this Article, I offer a nostalgic look at the Recent Lotus Elise Series 2, one of an elite group of classic cars, which was manufactured during the period 2000 to 2006.
The Lotus Elise Series 2
The Elise Sport 190
The Series 2 Lotus Elise Sport 190 sports car was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2002.
Powered by a Rover K-Series engine, which developed 190 bhp and 128 ft/lbs of torque, it had a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 secs, and a top speed of 135 mph.
Although, essentially, a track orientated car, fitted with sports suspension and wider wheels, it could be easily converted into a road legal version.
The Elise Type 72
The Series 2 Lotus Elise Type 72, introduced in 2002, was similar to the Series 1 Elise Type 79 Heritage model.
It was also available with the factory fitted Sport 135 upgrade.
The Elise Type 25
The Series 2 Lotus Elise Type 25 sports car, introduced in 2002, was a limited edition variant, based on just 50 units, and marketed in the UK only to commemorate the Formula One Type 25 race car.
It was painted in Racing Green, with two yellow stripes 먹튀검증커뮤니티 running down the length of the car, including the hard top.
It was fitted with red leather seats and door panels, red laurels sewn into the seat’s headrest, and a Heritage “Type 25” plate on the dashboard.
The Elise Type 99T
Introduced in 2003, the Lotus Elise Type 99T commemorated the Lotus 99T, which was the final Lotus Formula One car to be a Grand Prix winner.
With eight spoke wheels, painted in saffron yellow with blue detailing, plus black leather carpeting and sports seats, it mirrored the original race car.
The Elise USA Variant
In January 2003, Lotus announced that the Series 2 Lotus Elise was to be introduced into the US for the first time.
It was launched in 2004 at the Los Angeles Motor Show, and featured a Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine, fitted with a six speed close ratio Lotus gearbox.
This engine consisted of a 1.8 litre, 4-cylinder, 16 valve, double overhead cam unit, with Variable Valve Timing.
This developed 190 bhp, with a top speed of 147 mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 secs, or 4.7 secs when fitted with the Sport Pack
There was a limited edition of 50 cars, targeted at the US market, which was called the Lotus Sports Elise sports car.
In January 2004, this US model was introduced into the UK market as the Lotus Elise 111R.