The Elise is Lotus's purest model range of roadgoing sports cars. It's compact, lightweight, powered by a 4-cylinder engine, true to Colin Chapman's sports car and race car formula. It's beautiful exterior features curves like an exotic car while its minimalist driver focused interior means business. Every bit of the Elise was designed to enhance performance. The use of lightweight components and omission of some luxuries were done to keep it's weight down.
Motivating the standard Elise is a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine, this makes 134hp and 160Nm of torque. A step up from this is the supercharged 1.8 liter inline-4 engine which produces 217hp and 250Nm of torque. The ultimate Elise is the Cup 250, its supercharged mill pumps out 243hp. While horsepower figures might not be that high by sports car standards, its low curb weight gives it good power to weight ratio.