Great fuel average and low emissions aren’t things you would normally associate with sports cars, but thanks to the new 2011 Lotus Elise S, they’re practically synonymous.
Why are we saying such a thing? Well, thanks to the improvements the Elise received for its 2011 model year, including lighter weight (1,931 pounds), a new Evora-esque nose and, most importantly, a 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder unit, it will achieve a whopping 46.7 mpg (US) on the EU highway cycle, while emitting just 149 g/km of CO2.
This makes the entry-level Elise the most efficient sports car on the market, achieving impressive numbers while also outputting 134 HP and sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in under 6 seconds. Sadly, only Europeans are going to enjoy the 1.6-liter powered Elise S, as the US is still stuck with the 1.8-liter engine for their Elise model.
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