The S2 generation Lotus Elise weighs only 1950 lbs. This is not only due to its small size and composite body panels, but also to its unique construction. The bonded aluminum space-frame chassis weighs only 150 lbs
The inline 4 cylinder engine is straight from the Toyota Celica GT-S, and was designed by Yamaha. This twin cam 16 valve 1.8L (2ZZ-GE) replaces the old Rover K series engines used on previous Elise models (sold elsewhere). The only modifications required for the Celica’s engine was a redesigned intake and exhaust setup, as well as a Lotus-tuned engine computer
The Celica’s engine was chosen for more than just reliability – Yamaha designed this motor (2ZZ-GE) to withstand high RPM operation, hence the 8500 RPM redline. The 2ZZ-GE features forged steel connecting rods, 11.5:1 compression, and VVT-L, which provides the same function as Honda’s VTEC system (featuring a low lift cam and a high lift cam)
The block is made of a high pressure cast aluminum alloy and uses cylinder walls strengthened with Metal Matrix Composite (MMC – a reinforcement material made up of ceramic parts and fibers)
The Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks also share this engine, which, despite a lower state of tune, still develops peak power at 7600 RPM (vs 7800 in the Elise) and produces 180hp (vs 190hp in the Elise). The redline is reduced to 8,000 for these cars
The 6 speed transmission is straight from the Celica GT-S as well. No modification is needed – in stock form, the transmission delivers the short, precise throws that you’d expect from a car like the Elise
Key Model Year Changes:
First year of the Elise in the U.S
This is the only year of a cable actuated throttle. The following year (2006) switches to drive by wire. 2006 also came with updated seats and LED tail lights
5k original miles
Unmodified. No track use
Red over red (leather interior)
Black soft top
Touring package (A/C, electric windows)
Car is equipped with LoJack anti-theft device
Fully serviced by Suspension Performance in Scotts Valley
All factory-recommended recalls are done
Full service history documents going back to 2005
Vehicle is as close to new as possible
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it.
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability.
Mileage Disclaimer: NOC has not confirmed if the mileage stated by the seller is true and accurate. It is up to the buyer to verify these claims. Vehicle history reports, service records stating mileage, and even inspections of odometer tampering are recommended.