Elise Sport 220




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Purity and precision

The purest useable sports car on sale remains one of the greatest driving experiences available at any price. The Elise Sport 220 builds on the many celebrated Elise virtues, blending agility, power, balance and communication into one compact expression of pure driving joy. Starting with a pioneering, bonded aluminium chassis, weighing just 68kg, the Elise Sport 220 benefits from a range of improvements resulting in further mass reduction. A re-designed, lighter, front clam panel with wider apertures for improved cooling, saves 8.7kg. The rear of the car now has two light clusters, rather than four, combining reversing and fog lights and adding visual width, to save 0.3kg. The highly desirable exposed, aluminium gearshift mechanism saves 1kg and brings quicker, more precise, more tactile gear changes.

Dynamic Performance

Offering 217hp and 250Nm of torque, the 1.8-litre supercharged, chargecooled four-cylinder has been tuned to deliver stunning real-world performance and class-leading efficiency. 0-60mph is now despatched in 4.2 seconds, thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 235hp per ton. CO2 emissions are extremely low for the performance on offer at just 173g/km. Stopping power is provided by AP Racing twin-piston calipers up front and Brembo single-piston calipers at the rear. Every Elise benefits from double wishbone suspension at all four corners and a sophisticated Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (Lotus DPM) system with user selectable driving modes (Drive, Sport and Off). Hethel’s acoustic engineers have transformed the aural appeal of the Elise too with a new exhaust system fitted as standard. Delivering an exciting soundtrack at all speeds, it makes the Elise Sport 220 the best-sounding Elise yet.

Iconic Design

The driving icon has evolved into a taut, athletic form with fine proportions and road presence far greater than its size. The cabin remains a totally driver-focused, minimalist delight, lifted by the addition of the exposed aluminium gear shifter. Further weight savings can be achieved with a wide range of optional, stunning quality carbon fibre panels, a lithium-ion battery, two-piece AP Racing brakes, carbon fibre race seats, a titanium exhaust and carbon fibre sill covers which also improve ingress and egress. A new in-car entertainment system can also be ordered, including iPod? connectivity and Bluetooth? functionality.


Modifications front and back have allowed for the careful balancing of aerodynamic downforce across the whole car. Extended rubber elements mounted on the flat underside and ahead of the front wheel, together with an additional diffuser vane at the rear, help modify airflow under the car reducing drag and increasing stability.

Colour Options

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Dark Grey
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • White
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Elise Blue
  • Light Blue

Model shown: Elise 220 Sport with black wheels.



TypeSupercharged I4, DOHC, 16 valve, dual VVT-i, water-cooled
Max. power217 hp at 6800 rpm (220 PS) (162 kW)
Max. torque184 lbft at 4600 rpm (250 Nm)
Power-to-weight235 hp/ton


GearboxSports ratio 6-speed manual transmission
DifferentialElectronic Lock


Top Speed145 mph (233 km/h)
Acceleration 0-60mph4.2 seconds
Power to weight ratio235 hp/ton

Body & Chassis

ChassisLightweight aluminium extruded and bonded
BodyLightweight composite
SuspensionEibach springs, front and rear
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear

Steering & Brakes

Steering SystemUnassisted rack and pinion steering box with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock
Brake SystemAP Racing twin-piston front calipers, Brembo single-piston rear calipers
Brake CallipersUnpainted


WheelsBlack or silver cast alloy wheels [16" front and 17" rear]
Tyres - frontYokohama Advan Sport v105 195/50 R16
Tyres - rearYokohama Advan Sport v105 225/45 R17


Fuel Tank Capacity40 litres

Consumption & Emissions

Fuel Consumptionmpg [l/100 km]
Low24.6 (11.5)
Medium38.7 (7.3)
High42.2 (6.7)
Extra high38.2 (7.4)
Combined36.7 (7.7)
CO2 Emissions (combined)*174 g/km