2008 Lotus Elise Trims and Specs

Roadster
Original MSRP: $46,270
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Audio security system · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Alpine premium brand · AM/FM radio · 4 Total Speakers · 180 watts
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.5 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: alloy · Dash trim: alloy · Door trim: alloy · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Shift knob trim: alloy · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power outlet(s): 12V front
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 2
Headrests Front headrests: integrated, adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 2
Roof Convertible roof: targa roof
Safety Emergency interior trunk release · Impact sensor: post-collision safety system · Rollover Protection System
Seatbelts Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: sport · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks
Suspension Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows
Price $46,270 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 1.8L 189 hp I4
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
27MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$46,270
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
27MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

1.8L 189 hp I4
Power 189 hp @ 7,800 RPM
Torque 133 lb-ft @ 6,800 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume10.6 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase90.5 in
Length149 in
Width67.7 in
Height44 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume4 cu ft
Maximum Payload578 lbs
Reviews of the Lotus Elise, at least among driving aficionados, brim with superlatives. Edmunds, for example, says, "The 2008 Elise provides the most unfiltered driving experience of an... Read More
Reviews of the Lotus Elise, at least among driving aficionados, brim with superlatives. Edmunds, for example, says, "The 2008 Elise provides the most unfiltered driving experience of any roadster sold today." 2008 brings a new instrument display with a trip computer.
The standard Elise continues to feature a mid-engine layout with a Yamaha-built, Toyota 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that employs variable cam timing and lift technology to produce a mere 189 hp at 7,800 rpm. Toyota also supplies the C64 six-speed manual transmission. That "mere 189 hp" propels this two-seat roadster to a 4.8-second 0-60 time (according to Car and Driver) and produces 1.0g of lateral grip - more than both the Porsche Boxster S and the Corvette Z06.
The Elise does this by remaining faithful to its founder, Colin Chapman's racing philosophy: Lighter is faster. The Elise's remarkable extruded aluminum, epoxy-bonded chassis weighs only 150 pounds. Clad in lightweight composite body panels, the car tips the scales at an amazing 1,984 pounds, 514 pounds less than a Miata and about 300 pounds less than a Toyota Yaris. Lotus gives 21/27 mpg for the Elise. Car and Driver saw 25 mpg combined after a 2,000 miles of "flogging the holy hell" out of the Elise and 30 mpg from some of their testers.
With a 1.0-g grip, mid-engine configuration, and super-low weight, the Elise's handling is phenomenal. Don't expect a daily driver's soft ride, but do expect to have some serious fun. Motor Trend compared the accuracy and lightness of the steering "the rival of any Porsche," needing only three-quarters of a turn to negotiate most switchbacks.
Standard equipment on all Elise models includes 16-inch front wheels and 17-inch rear wheels, Lotus/AP Racing (front) and Brembo (rear) brakes, air-conditioning, power windows and locks, an aluminum handbrake and shift knob, a trip computer, a four-speaker Alpine stereo with CD player, an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, and black cloth ProBax anatomically designed seats, which are said to improve blood flow to the legs, negating the need for an adjustable lumbar.
Weight is a major factor in the Elise, and thus reviewers all note its rather spartan interior. This is a driver's car - there's even a checkbox on the order form to skip the air-conditioning to save weight. After all, full floor carpeting and a cupholder are part of the Touring Pack option package, which also includes a thermal and sound-insulated soft top, full leather seat and door trim, a leather-trimmed center console, an iPod connector, and "additional sound insulation." Safety equipment, besides the car's handling and braking capabilities, includes driver and passenger airbags.
The Elise leaves much to be desired in terms of everyday driving practicality, but the Elise is a driver's machine, and as Car and Driver put it, "The soul, the fluidity, the sheer genius of the thing - those are what matter."
Average Price:$47,487
Adds to Roadster:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Audio security system · Auxiliary audio input: iPod/iPhone integration · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Alpine premium brand · AM/FM radio · 4 Total Speakers · 180 watts
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.5 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: leather · Dash trim: alloy · Door trim: leather · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Shift knob trim: alloy · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cupholders: front · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Storage: cargo net
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 2
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: integrated, adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 2
Roof Convertible roof: targa roof
Safety Emergency interior trunk release · Impact sensor: post-collision safety system · Rollover Protection System
Seatbelts Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: sport · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks
Suspension Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows
Price $51,770 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 1.8L 189 hp I4
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
27MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$51,770
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
27MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

1.8L 189 hp I4
Power 189 hp @ 7,800 RPM
Torque 133 lb-ft @ 6,800 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume10.6 gal
Front Legroom--
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase90.5 in
Length149 in
Width67.7 in
Height44 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume4 cu ft
A new face in the Elise lineup is the very limited edition California Edition. It's basically a base Elise upgraded with the Touring Pack option, a larger rear spoiler, special exterior... Read More
A new face in the Elise lineup is the very limited edition California Edition. It's basically a base Elise upgraded with the Touring Pack option, a larger rear spoiler, special exterior trim and wheels, a two-tone leather interior, a hardtop, upgraded sound system, and the Starshield clear protective film body-coat option. Fifty cars will be offered worldwide, twenty-five in Saffron Yellow and twenty-five in Ardent Red. The California Edition has the same performance specs as the base Elise.
Adds to Roadster:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Audio security system · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Alpine premium brand · AM/FM radio · 4 Total Speakers · 180 watts
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.5 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: alloy · Dash trim: alloy · Door trim: alloy · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Shift knob trim: alloy · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power outlet(s): 12V front
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 2
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: integrated, adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 2
Roof Convertible roof: targa roof
Safety Emergency interior trunk release · Impact sensor: post-collision safety system · Rollover Protection System
Seatbelts Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: sport · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks
Suspension Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows
Price $54,500 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 1.8L 218 hp I4
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$54,500
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

1.8L 218 hp I4
Power 218 hp @ 8,000 RPM
Torque 156 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume10.6 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase90.5 in
Length149 in
Width67.7 in
Height44 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume4 cu ft
Reviews of the Lotus Elise, at least among driving aficionados, brim with superlatives. Edmunds, for example, says, "The 2008 Elise provides the most unfiltered driving experience of an... Read More
Reviews of the Lotus Elise, at least among driving aficionados, brim with superlatives. Edmunds, for example, says, "The 2008 Elise provides the most unfiltered driving experience of any roadster sold today." 2008 brings a new instrument display with a trip computer, the new Elise SC, featuring a supercharged version of the standard four-cylinder engine.
This year Lotus adds a supercharged SC trim. They're using a slightly detuned version of the supercharged Lotus Exige S's four-cylinder engine. Further, Lotus engineers employed a new intake manifold that incorporates an Eaton M45 Roots-type supercharger and saves 17.6 pounds by eliminating the intercooler used in the Exige S engine. The 1.8-liter engine produces 218 hp, and the performance increase drops the 0-60 time to 4.4 seconds, equaling that of the 420-hp Audi R8. Along with the supercharged engine, the SC trim includes a rear spoiler, specially designed alloy wheels, and a single central exhaust pipe. Lotus gives mileage estimates of 20/26 mpg for the SC.
The Elise produces 1.0g of lateral grip - more than both the Porsche Boxster S and the Corvette Z06. The Elise does this by remaining faithful to its founder, Colin Chapman's racing philosophy: Lighter is faster. The Elise's remarkable extruded aluminum, epoxy-bonded chassis weighs only 150 pounds. Clad in lightweight composite body panels, the car tips the scales at an amazing 1,984 pounds, 514 pounds less than a Miata and about 300 pounds less than a Toyota Yaris.
With a 1.0-g grip, mid-engine configuration, and super-low weight, the Elise's handling is phenomenal. Don't expect a daily driver's soft ride, but do expect to have some serious fun. Motor Trend compared the accuracy and lightness of the steering "the rival of any Porsche," needing only three-quarters of a turn to negotiate most switchbacks. They conclude that the supercharged engine in the SC actually improves the fabulous handling of the base Elise due to its extra torque at all engine speeds - it's the torque that boots you out of the corners. Yet other reviewers question whether the additional $8,000 to move up to the SC is worth its slight performance increase.
Standard equipment on all Elise models includes 16-inch front wheels and 17-inch rear wheels, Lotus/AP Racing (front) and Brembo (rear) brakes, air-conditioning, power windows and locks, an aluminum handbrake and shift knob, a trip computer, a four-speaker Alpine stereo with CD player, an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, and black cloth ProBax anatomically designed seats, which are said to improve blood flow to the legs, negating the need for an adjustable lumbar.
Weight is a major factor in the Elise, and thus reviewers all note its rather spartan interior. This is a driver's car - there's even a checkbox on the order form to skip the air-conditioning to save weight. After all, full floor carpeting and a cupholder are part of the Touring Pack option package, which also includes a thermal and sound-insulated soft top, full leather seat and door trim, a leather-trimmed center console, an iPod connector, and "additional sound insulation." Safety equipment, besides the car's handling and braking capabilities, includes driver and passenger airbags.
The Elise leaves much to be desired in terms of everyday driving practicality, but the Elise is a driver's machine, and as Car and Driver put it, "The soul, the fluidity, the sheer genius of the thing - those are what matter."