12,681 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
1.8L Inline 4
190 hp @ 7800 rpm*
138 lb/ft torque @ 6800 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 147 MPH
*Base Price in 2005: $39,985


*Seller Asking:


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Fast Facts:

  • 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 made to 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 a few reasons (not just reliability). Yamaha designed this motor for high RPM operation. The 2ZZ-GE has an 8500 RPM redline and 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), which is 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. Despite being kept 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

Seller Notes:

  • Original owner
  • ECU upgrade done by Lotus, which now engages the cams at approx. 6000 RPM rather than stock 7000
  • Lotus sport exhaust and cold air intake
  • Upgrades give it more mid range power. Car is all stock otherwise
  • Has the chip guard clear protectant on front and side


  • Location: Wilton, Connecticut – (more photos below)
  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from 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

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