The Lotus Elise 111R is the latest addition to the Lotus stable and introduces to the market the most powerful and highest performing production Elise.
With a VVTL-i engine (Variable Valve Timing and Lift-Intelligent) producing a maximum power output of 190 bhp and 133 lb-ft of torque, the Elise 111R sprints to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds before reaching a certified top speed of 150 mph.
The Improvements for 2006 Model Year Lotus Elise
The 2006 Elise has been improved with more options at both ends of the user scales. Four equipment packs are now available, two containing touring options and two containing sports options.
The Lotus customer can now order a car that satisfies either their demands for enhanced trim and more luxury equipment with the Touring Packs or their track and race requirements with the Sport Packs. Touring and Sport Packs can be combined too.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) rear lights with integrated reflectors are now standard. When compared to conventional filament bulb lights, the LED brake lights illuminate 0.2 seconds (two-tenths of a second) quicker, which is equivalent to one Elise length at approximately 43 mph. The LED rear lights are also 36% lighter than the conventional filament bulb lights.
Other changes include a new window seal fitted around the door that reduces the wind-noise into the cabin substantially, and a non linear tachometer / rev-counter dial with the unit spacing between 3000 rpm and 10,000 rpm being greater than the spacing between 0 rpm and 3000 rpm.
A new light weight pedal box with steel pedal arms and extruded aluminum pads is introduced on the 2006 Lotus Elise. This new unit has an electronic drive-by-wire (DBW) throttle for quicker and smoother, more linear engine response, reduced brake pedal ratio and improved pedal feel for the brake and throttle.
The 2006 Elise has seats designed by Lotus and specifically adapted and developed by NuBax, helping to significantly improve the postural position of the occupant’s spine whilst seated.
A new range of colors has been added, increasing the total number of colors to 21, excluding the bespoke custom colors.
The Elise 111R Interior
From the composite sports seats that hug the driver under the g-forces that are experienced on cornering, acceleration and braking, to the race designed steering wheel and the extruded aluminum pedals perfectly suited to both cruising as well as hard driving - the Elise is a car that invites to be driven. Links between the Elise and the track have always been strong, and the ambience of the facia and trim with the chassis tub sides provoke a strong sense of being seated in a racing derived but comfortable cockpit.
A four speaker Blaupunkt stereo system with CD player is provided as standard along with a radio receiver wiring loom including dipole aerial kit located in the front of the Elise 111R.
The Legendary Chassis
The structure is an assembly of individually extruded lengths bonded together by epoxy resin adhesive, a world first in automobile manufacture. The adhesive used to bond the Lotus chassis achieves exceptional strength with the ability to absorb the most extreme loads, pressures and forces that it may encounter. Never before had a modern vehicle’s chassis been bonded together. The bonding of lap joints provides a superior joint to traditionally welded butted joints (with bonded joints, there is no distortion of the material’s integrity at the join). Self-pierce rivets further increase the structural integrity through reducing material ‘peel’ in the most severe of impacts. The chassis received modifications in 2000, including lower, reinforced longitudinal sills to improve the access into the cockpit.
Ride and Handling
The aluminum chassis allows vehicle dynamics engineers at Lotus to continue to set standards by which all other sports cars are judged. Indeed, the Elise continues to build on the multi-award winning ride and handling for which it has become renowned the world over.
For the Elise 111R, the Eibach coaxial coil springs and Bilstein high pressure monotube gas dampers have been retuned and optimized to maintain the Elise’s trademark agility, body control and poise while improving the isolation of both smaller and larger impacts.
Power-to-Weight in Abundance
Lotus undertook a thorough and exhaustive evaluation of a wide range of state-of-the-art engines. Toyota’s 2ZZ-GE 1.8 liter 4 cylinder 16-valve VVTL-i engine and C64 six-speed gearbox was chosen as an outstanding package, excellently suited to the Elise.
Lotus has tuned the engine to suit the very essence of the Elise by employing a brand new, custom engineered Lotus T4 engine management system (EMS). The software for the EMS was designed and developed by Lotus specifically for the Elise 111R. All calibration and validation work was undertaken solely by Lotus engineers, ensuring that the Elise performs as a true Lotus should. Toyota’s world-renowned VVTL-i system allows the engine management system the flexibility to select the optimum camshaft profile, lift and timing across the full range of engine operating conditions. This interaction between the Lotus T4 EMS and the VVTL-i system gives the Elise its optimum linear torque characteristics, peaking at 133 lb-ft at 6800 rpm coupled with the peak power of 190 bhp at 7800 rpm.
The all-aluminum lightweight Toyota C64 six-speed gearbox is fitted with an all-new Lotus designed and developed shift operating mechanism. With the closest ratios and gearset afforded by the transmission, the gearbox offers a fast, precise and light gearshift, ensuring drivers have total control and flexibility to apply the power exactly as and when required.
Displacement cu in (cc): 110 (1796)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 190(141) / 7800
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 133(181) / 6800
Redline at RPM: n.a.
Brakes & Tires
Brakes F/R: ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R: 175/55 R16 - 225/45 R17
Driveline: Rear Wheel Drive
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length × Width × Height in: 147.6 × 72.2 × 43.6
Weight lb (kg): 1895 (860)
Acceleration 0-60 mph s: 4.9
Top Speed mph (km/h): 150 (241)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km): 23/42 (8.8)
Base Price: 2006 Lotus Elise 111R - $44,915.00 (last update: 4/9/2007)