Lotus has just announced that the new 2011 Lotus Elise has been awarded an outstandingly low emissions figure of 149g of CO2 / km which represents a reduction of 16% over the previous Lotus Elise S.
This figure means that the Elise has the lowest CO2 for its performance level for any gasoline sportscar in the world. Fuel consumption is ultra low too, with 5.04 litres per 100 km (extra urban). Where are the savings coming from? Aerodynamics have been improved by 4% and new super efficient, 1.6 litre 4 cylinder VVT-I engine has been installed which is not only is 200 cc smaller than the engine for the outgoing Lotus Elise S but also produces the same power. And the bottom line performance figures speak for themselves: 0-100 km/h 6.5 seconds! Who said that driving a green car can't be fun?