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Lotus Elise

(1996 model)

Brief specs of 1996 Lotus Elise

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1796 cm3 / 109.6 cu in / 109.6 cu in, 88.0 kW / 118.0 hp / 118.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 165.0 N·m / 121.7 lb·ft / 121.7 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 200 km/h / 124 mph / 124 mph top speed, consumption 13.3 l/100km / 21.2 mpg-UK / 17.7 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1996
ModelEliseIssued until
SerieEliseNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerLotusCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)3910 l / 138.08 cu ft / 138.08 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3726 mm / 146.7 in / 146.7 inTotal (curb) weight755 kg / 1664 lb / 1664 lb
Width1701 mm / 67.0 in / 67.0 inDry weight
Height1148 mm / 45.2 in / 45.2 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2300 mm / 90.6 in / 90.6 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1440 mm / 56.7 in / 56.7 inTowing weight
Track rear1453 mm / 57.2 in / 57.2 inWeight distribution (front)39.0 % / 39.0 % / 39.0 %
Ground clearance160 mm / 6.3 in / 6.3 inFuel capacity40 l / 8.8 UK gal / 10.6 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.62  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.66 m2 / 17.9 sq ft / 17.9 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 4 cylinder)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerRoverValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore80.0 mm / 3.15 in / 3.15 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke89.3 mm / 3.52 in / 3.52 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.9
Fuel supplyMPFiEngine displacement1796 cm3 / 109.6 cu in / 109.6 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity449.00 cm3/cylinder / 27.400 cu in/cylinder / 27.400 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.5 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power88.0 kW / 118.0 hp / 118.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque165.0 N·m / 121.7 lb·ft / 121.7 lb·ft at 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output49.0 kW/l / 1.077 bhp/cu in / 1.077 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque91.9 N·m/l / 0.80 lb·ft/cu in / 0.80 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.77
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.94

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed200 km/h / 124 mph / 124 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)5.50 s / 5.50 s / 5.50 sPower-to-weight ratio156.3 kW/ton / 118.4 bhp/ton / 118.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h5.90 s / 5.90 s / 5.90 sFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)17.40 s / 17.40 s / 17.40 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)13.3 l/100km / 21.2 mpg-UK / 17.7 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time14.40 s / 14.40 s / 14.40 s (top 93 km/h / 58 mph / 58 mph)Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time26.60 s / 26.60 s / 26.60 s CO2 emissions311 g/km / 501 g/mi / 501 g/mi (est.)
  Range301 km / 187 mi / 187 mi

Chassis

Engine locationmiddleEngine alignmenttransverse
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.7Turning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Double wishbones, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent, Double wishbones, Coil springs
Wheels front5.5 x 15Wheels rear7.0 x 16
Tyres front185/55 VR 15Tyres rear205/50 VR 16
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter front282 mm / 11.1 in / 11.1 inBrake diameter rear282 mm / 11.1 in / 11.1 in
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Elise

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