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Lotus Elan

Lotus Elan SE

Year (of specifications) 1989 - 1995
Engine 1588 cc, 4 cylinder
Transmission manual FWD
Max speed 137 mph
0-60 mph 6.7 seconds
Horsepower 165 bhp @ 6600 rpm
weight 1022 kgs


The second incarnation of the Lotus Elan was introduced in 1989. The new Lotus Elan was different to any other Lotus product in that it was front wheel drive. Many Lotus and sports car purists were put off by this fact, despite the fact the Elan actually displayed immaculate handling characteristics.

The bodywork of the Lotus Elan was designed by Peter Stevens and the suspension was tuned by ex-F1 driver John Miles. Power for the Lotus Elan SE came from a 1.6 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine.

Lotus only created the Elan for two years before financial problems forced the company to abandon the project. However in 1994 when Bugatti bought Lotus from GM a further 800 Lotus Elans were produced. Called the Lotus Elan S2 the new car had better suspension, bigger wheels, a new top and new seats.

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