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2015 Lotus Elise surprise reveal in Paris [video]

Longer, heavier and more expensive

Lotus has unveiled the 2015 Elise at the Paris Motor Show.

Available as a coupe and roadster (the Exige name will apparently be dropped), the new Elise features shark-inspired styling, floating taillights, and a variety of carbon fiber components. Furthermore, thanks to a longer extruded aluminum chassis, entry and egress should be vastly improved.

Power is provided by a supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 300 PS (221 kW / 296 hp) and 350 PS (257 kW / 345 hp).  Paired to a robotized manual transmission, the 1095 kg (2,414 lb) Elise should be fairly quick.

While the current Elise starts around £27,450 the 2015 model is expect to retail for £40,000.

Source: Lotus

Oh yes, here it is! There's still room for the 2015 Elise at Lotus but what a difference a decade or two makes. The 2015 Elise due for release in 2015 is a sexy, agile beast of a car. Finally the 2015 Elise comes of age.

Aesthetically it's definitely pleasing to the eye, it's bold directional body gives you subtle hints of the 2015 Elise of old so it still seems a touch familiar but at the same time, it couldn't be more different.

Perhaps a small example of how the car has changed would help. Aside from strong graphic styling, the practicality of the car has had a major overhaul too with sizeable improvements made to the ingress and egress - in simple terms, no more acrobatics but still all the fun you expect from the 2015 Elise.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: "We worked very hard on getting the 2015 Elise 2015 exactly right, it's our entry level car so it needs to give a proper introduction to the Lotus driving experience."

"The 2015 Elise you can buy now is still a fantastic car, make no mistake, Lotus remain very proud of it, but this is a natural progression for us moving forward. The 2015 Elise will also be class-leading in terms of performance and efficiency but it will do more than that it will take the 2015 Elise model to the forefront of its class across the board."

"The design of the Elise 2015 is perfect for the target market, it's young, strong, confident, verging on ruthless, it mirrors the engineering and technology. It's the next generation 2015 Elise for a new generation of Lotus drivers."

Fear not though, despite the dramatic upgrades the Elise 2015 has lost none of the cheeky charm that made the two-seater sports car famous, it still retains performance through lightweight and handles like a dream - albeit a quite aggressive and tension filled dream. With a 2.0 litre inline 4 pressure charged engine delivering up to 320 PS, the Elise 2015 should reach 0-100kph in under 4.5 seconds.

The Elise 2015, proving great things come to those who wait.

2015 Lotus Elise Specifications

  • Layout 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive
  • Engine Petrol with start/stop option
  • Hybrid technology Mild hybrid, i.e. start/stop technology
  • Cylinder 4
  • Capacity 2.0 litre
  • Power/Torque 320 PS / 330 Nm
  • Rev limit 7,800 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h 4.3 seconds
  • Top speed 270 km/h
  • CO2 approx (CO2/km) 150 g/km**
  • Weight 1,095 kg
  • Seats 2
  • Transmission 6 Speed Manual, DCT optional
  • Drive RWD
  • Start of production Early 2015
  • Enters the market Spring 2015
  • Price indication Circa £35,000

*Please refer to the ‘Further Information' document in the Media Kit for information relating to this specification
** With new technology

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Comments (16)

 DdW DdW
Imo, if this new Elise concept's badge's replaced with a Honda badge, I will thought of it as the new S2000!
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October 3, 2010 6:33 am
 joseferreira joseferreira
Really like this new Lotus philosophy but i think the Elise fans will not accept such a radical design and concept changes
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October 1, 2010 7:20 pm
 alessandro alessandro
Lotus is gone bezirk. In most desirable way though. Congratualtions, nice again!
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October 1, 2010 12:02 pm
 amare32 amare32
Why these Lotus concepts all came with the name start with the letter "E"? I'm confused!
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October 1, 2010 6:54 am
 Douglas6250 Douglas6250
Yes indeed this would be a good car but, NO NO NO !!!!! This is a Lotus !! Go back to Colin Chapman's lightweight principle !!!!
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October 1, 2010 5:24 am
 M! M!
we can still all enjoy the current S2 Elise and Exige. 2015 is a bit far from now. by that time, i hope Lotus can retain the light weight the brand and CC had been so proud of.
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October 1, 2010 5:23 am
 isaacarus isaacarus
everyones bitching about extra weight coming into these cars. i dont know exact figures on how much more but to have a 2015 model weigh just under 1100kg is insanely good! imagine what the next closest car, sports or otherwise weighs? its not as simple as it use to be where it was; body, engine, wheels etc. now youve gotta consider major emissions equipment, multiple airbags, more electronics the list goes on. into perspective, my old 86 aw11 toyota mr2 with no ac, no power steering, no power windows weighed ~1050kg that they managed to get 20+ plus years of developments, more power,more confort etc etc for justunder 50kg is god-damn-amazing! get over it!
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October 1, 2010 2:41 am
 Aesthetics Aesthetics
damn if i was lotus boss i woul dbuild and elise that is under 700kgs and not over 1000, there is not challange in increasing horspower but all the challenge in reducing weight which is the hallmark of a bran dlike lotus
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September 30, 2010 10:46 pm
 Renegade Renegade
It looks like it was designed by Honda.
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September 30, 2010 5:30 pm
 Wolfy Wolfy
Is it me or did I just see this design in the esprit did lotus get lazy in the design studio?
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September 30, 2010 5:27 pm
 p2c p2c
Wrong direction lotus... This is not what the new elise should be
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September 30, 2010 5:18 pm
 peterjames7 peterjames7
ok i get that lotus's new business plan, however i think they should haveleft the elise in the price and market sector it was, light fast and hardcore.....and the styling for all the new lotus's reminds me of something......... oh yeah the honda osm witha bigger grille
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September 30, 2010 5:14 pm
 Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
400lbs heavier and 110-160 more hp? I think that's a fair trade off. But is Lotus going to reintroduce a new super light weight? I'm imagining a 1600lb super seven reincarnation with ~180hp *crosses fingers*
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September 30, 2010 3:47 pm