Who would have known social responsibility could be this sexy? Yes, fans and readers, the 2011 Lotus Elise is one environmentally sound luxury car, capable of an astounding 56.1 miles per gallon European, which translates to approximately 46.7 U.S. Don’t worry, we are just as shocked as you must be.
After all, it is not natural for an exotic or luxury car to exactly be green, quite the contrary. Lotus is on the environmental fast track, so to speak, and we think that is incredible. Lotus has made this is a fast car that owners can feel good about owning and driving, and likely created a standard for other luxury automakers to follow.
The super lightweight 2011 Lotus tips the scales at around 1,931 pounds, which is also kinder to the environment. The aerodynamics have improved by four percent, reducing drag and fuel consumption a bit. As for specifications, it features an all-new 1.6-liter 4-cylinder VVT-I engine.
The diminutive size of this luxury engine should not fool you; it is still capable of nailing the 0-60 mark in 6 seconds or less, try that in a Honda. By the way, the 2011 Lotus Elise happens to kick the Honda Insight’s ass in the fuel consumption department (not to mention in the looks department). The 2011 Lotus Elise is anticipated to hit the market in the $47,250 – $54,990 price range, making it not only one of the greenest, but most affordable affluent luxury cars to date.
The powerplant in this Lotus puts out 149 grams per kilometer of CO2, which is 16 percent lower than predecessor Lotus Elise S. This rating grants the 2011 Elise the lowest CO2 emissions rating for its performance level of any gasoline sportscar in the world. Well done, Lotus, we at Imagine Lifestyles are impressed!
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