For 2011, the Lotus Elise gets a modest facelift including an Evora-like revised nose and cruise control. Wait, cruise control? Whoa there, Lotus — slow down with the technological advancement — we like the Elise just the way it is.
The nose, hood, headlights and engine cover have all been tweaked to make the Elise more Evora-like.
The important upgrades come under the hood. For starters, the whole range now gets a new six-speed transmission. Secondly, power from the 1.8-liter Toyota four is up slightly to 192HP for naturally-aspirated and 217HP in the supercharged version. But the big news is also a new engine in the entry-level S model — a 1.6-liter engine (the first time a 1.6 has appeared in an Elise) with Valvematic and Dual VVT-i technology.
Also, hey, it gets new rims. Still want.