2015 Lotus Elise

This two-seat roadster was originally launched in 1996 and so far we have seen two generations of it. The first generation was in production from 1996 to 2001, while second one was launched in 2001 and it is still active. Although it had several updates, this second-generation model is way too long in production. The concept of new Elise, which carries the name of Romano Artioli’s daughter (Artioli was a chairman of Lotus in time when original model was developed), was shown in 2010 Paris Motor Show, but we still wait production of third-generation model to start. According to some new information that we get, it will finally come as 2015 Lotus Elise and it is expected that production will start in early 2015.

2015 Lotus Elise front view

2015 Lotus Elise specs

The new 2015 Lotus Elise will be heavily influenced by “Lotus Elise Concept” but it will also get some modifications, which seems logical because it past four years since concept was presented. Although new model gets new look, it definitely caries the spirit of original 1996 model. The 2015 Elise design is perfectly balanced between modern and classic design solutions, so it looks very familiar but also very different at the same time. This seem like company wants to keep already gained customers, but also to win over some new ones.

2015 Lotus Elise interior

The 2015 Lotus Elise will come with new engine. It will probably be a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, which will have max output around 320 horses and 250 lb-ft of max torque. This engine will be coupled with 6-speed manual gearbox, which will deliver power to rear wheels, while DCT transmission will be optional. Like previous models, 2015 Elise will be characterized by excellent handling, quick acceleration and high top speed. According to information that we have, it will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, while top speed is expected to be around 170 mph.

2015 Lotus Elise rear view

2015 Lotus Elise release date and price

As we already said, the production is expected to start in early 2015, while it will enter the market in spring of summer. The price of 2015 Lotus Elise is expected to be similar to current model’s, which goes around 55.000 dollars.