The new 2021 Lotus Elise is bare-bone to a luxury sports vehicle. It is not loaded with high-end features or amenities, and its lack of trunk space may leave you wanting. However, the Lotus Elise may not even be the right choice for an everyday driver, as its bare bones layout does not provide any true utility or practicality. However, if you are looking for a versatile vehicle that offers great fuel economy and a wide selection of features, then this vehicle should definitely be considered.
The all-aluminum body on the Lotus Elise is surprisingly light weight, which gives the car a sporty feel despite its compact size. In fact, it has one of the smallest wheels on a luxury sports car that is also lightweight. With its straight lines and flat roof, the Lotus Elise certainly screams sports car, yet is surprisingly easy to drive and handle. Despite its streamlined appearance, the Lotus Elise packs quite a punch, thanks to its powerful engine and ample trunk.
The Lotus Elise has two kinds of engines – a gasoline unit that is mated to a standard engine in the Lotus Exige, or an electric motor that runs off of one of Lotus's two battery systems. This second engine is the most energy-efficient, which makes it a popular choice among buyers. As is the case with many gasoline vehicles, the mileage on the Lotus Exige is better than most. The car's gasoline engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, but it can also work with an automatic. The Lotus Exige's manual transmission is smooth, but some people have reported problems with the stick shift.
Another feature unique to the Lotus Elise, which helps make it more practical for urban use, is its lightweight design. Although it is four feet long, the Lotus Elises actually save weight thanks to its relatively small engine. It is also lighter than many competitors thanks to a single air cylinder instead of two. This light weight is one of the contributing factors to why the Lotus Elise experienced a 17 percent increase in market sales over the 2021 model year.
The new 2021 model year marks the presence of the Lotus 3.5 Rims, which are narrower than all previous models. In addition, they have a low profile to help increase down force and provide better handling. Many experts predict that this new design, coupled with Lotus's strong reputation for quality, will help the Lotus elise remain a top luxury sports car long into the future. With better handling ability and less weight, the 2021 elise should continue to draw in new customers year after year.
One special aspect of the Lotus Elise, which has been a mainstay since its introduction, is its V-tech exhaust. The new limited edition model year elise includes this exhaust system. This unique exhaust produces more power as well as more sound, contributing to its all round performance boost. The reduced noise level should prove to be popular with audiophiles.
The final Lotus vehicle to receive an upgrade is the all-wheel drive version of the Elise. The all-wheel drive version of the Elise comes with a lower and wider steering wheel than the previous limited edition. This wider steering wheel helps reduce lift, which results in an improvement in the car's handling performance. The reduced lift also contributes to better fuel efficiency, something the engineers at Lotus are keenly interested in as part of their efforts to lower the fuel consumption of the new vehicle line. The improved power-to-weight ratio of the all-wheel drive version is expected to result in an increased top speed and an improved passenger comfort.
All told, the Lotus Elise offers a greater degree of luxury and performance than any of the previous incarnations of the vehicle. Although the standard version of the vehicle still uses the aluminum chassis of the original, there are several versions of the Elise available, each offering a different selection of suspension and a different choice of engine. Of course, the most well known and probably most expensive version of the Elise is still the all-wheel drive version. Limited editions offer consumers a chance to enjoy the new technology while sticking to the original design.