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 supercharged 1.8 liter inline-4 engine available in two tunes, a 217hp and 250Nm of torque version for 220 variants and a 243hp version for the 250 variants. While horsepower figures might not be that high by sports car standards, its low curb weight gives it good power to weight ratio.