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2008 Lotus Elise SC (Supercharged)

 Lotus announced the details of the 2008 Lotus Elise Supercharged (Lotus ELise SC). The 2008 The 2008 Lotus Elise Supercharged is powered by the 1.8-litre 2-ZZ VVTL-i engine equipped with a Lotus-designed, Magnuson-produced supercharger that uses a smaller Eaton rotor pack (an M45 unit) than that of the Exige S, and also coupled with a bespoke intake manifold plenum as part of a single-piece casting.

Developing 162 kW and 212 Nm at 5000 rpm, the 2008 Lotus Elise SC has weight 870 kg and reach the top speed at 241 km/h. However, the 2008 Lotus Elise SC also has the following acceleration times: 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, 0-160 km/h in 10.7 seconds.

Press Release


Supercharged Elise feels the power of the force(charger)

162kW Supercharged Elise SC

New alarm/immobiliser with single integrated function key

New instruments with increased functionality

Simplified option packs


Introducing the Supercharged Elise SC, the newest addition to the 2008 Lotus line-up.

Easily defined by its new rear spoiler and unique alloy wheels, this is the first time the multi-award winning roadster has been fitted with an all-new supercharger installation producing 162kW and an electrifying 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

This is no mere engine swap from the supercharged Exige. Applied to the current Elise???s 1.8-litre 2-ZZ VVTL-i engine, the Lotus-designed, Magnuson-produced supercharger uses a smaller Eaton rotor pack (an M45 unit) than that of the Exige S, and is married to the bespoke intake manifold plenum as part of a single-piece casting.

Combined with the absence of an intercooler and its associated pipe-work, this integrated supercharger/intake assembly contributes to an 8kg reduction in engine weight compared with the Exige S.

A further benefit of dispensing with the intercooler for the Elise SC application is the supercharger packaging viability for Elise and improved rear visibility.

The Elise SC has been designed to possess different driving characteristics to the Exige S. In keeping with its role as a supremely fast road car rather than extreme track machine, throttle response is very progressive resulting in a measured, more refined driving experience.

The variable camshaft shifting, for example, does not operate at a single point; the switchover can vary between 4000rpm-6200rpm depending on how it???s being driven.

As expected in a car with 162kW and weighing just 870kg, the performance of the Elise SC is stunning: 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, 0-160km/h in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 241km/h. Like the 141kW Elise R, the Elise SC runs a six-speed gearbox.

A new bespoke alloy wheel design is introduced to the Elise SC with the rears increasing in width half an inch to 8-inches which offers increased grip from the standard Lotus specific Yokohama AD07 LTS 225/45 R17 tires.

In addition to this extreme performance, the fuel economy of the Elise SC is equally impressive with an estimated combined figure of 8.5litres/100km.

The Elise SC also sees several other enhancements evident across the Elise and Exige range that make it more sophisticated and better value than ever.

An advanced new MY08 instrument cluster provides extra information about vehicle systems. This includes servicing reminders in a ???secret until lit??? technology, so drivers won???t be alerted to such details until deemed necessary.

A new MY08 alarm/immobiliser system has allowed the introduction of a new Lotus designed key with integrated fob, the famous Lotus roundel operating as one of its three functional buttons.

The number of option packs for the Elise has been simplified from four to two, but with increased specification for each. And should customers wish to further personalise their Lotus, there is a myriad of accessories available.

The Lotus Elise SC is built around the revolutionary and award-winning extruded and bonded aluminum chassis, with a lightweight steel rear subframe. The chassis itself weighs just 68kg with a stiffness of 9500Nm per degree.

Paint ranges have been revised for 2008 including the addition of vibrant pearlescent colors. The new Premium Color Range has been designed to offer further customising and due to the more sophisticated manufacturing process, have been individually priced.

Driving any Lotus is an experience like no other ??? and the Elise SC is no different. Few cars can match the delicacy and accuracy of the steering, throttle and brakes. Only a Lotus has the relatively soft springs and firm damping to give superb body control and a truly exhilarating ride. And only a Lotus can turn in such performance with such minimal environmental impact in terms of emissions and fuel consumption.


It???s all down to lightweight :

Weighing a lithe 870kg, the Elise SC is just 10kg more than the Elise S ??? or a 1 percent weight increase; more than compensated with a 62 percent more power. With 212Nm at 5000rpm, the Elise SC also has 15 percent more power and 17 percent more torque than the Elise R.

Light weight has benefits for acceleration, handling, ride comfort, braking and the environment. Braking comes from AP Racing callipers at the front and Brembo calipers at the rear linked to 282mm vented and cross-drilled cast iron discs ??? you???d never call an Elise ???under braked???.

An advanced ABS system incorporates an anti-lock system which is so unobtrusive, most drivers will not realise it???s working ??? unless it???s needed, and even then the system keeps a subtly low profile. The ABS system is linked to a lightweight pedal box with steel pedal arms and extruded aluminum pads. This unit also has an electronic (drive-by-wire) throttle for quick, smooth and more linear engine response.

Finally, the Elise SC enjoys a bespoke spoiler mounted onto the rear wing to which provides an aerodynamic and aesthetic difference to other Elise variants. Add to this unique Lotus 6-spoke Y-type lightweight cast alloy wheels and the Elise SC becomes instantly recognisable as the premier model in the Lotus Elise range.

New dials and more

The new instrument panel in Elise features new stylish black back-lit dials and a new high-definition LCD message panel that can display a scrolling message with vehicle system information.

The new instruments constantly display fuel, engine temperature and odometer; however it can also display the time, trip distance or a digital speed readout in mph.

Warning symbols are ???secret until lit???, keeping the instrumentation free from visual clutter and distraction until necessary.

New gear-change ???shift??? lights also remain hidden until required. Three cumulative up-shift lights simultaneously flash just before the rev-limiter at a speed dependent on which gear is selected.

The key issue

Elise and Exige both have a new one-piece alarm/immobiliser and key. This has enabled a new design that incorporates three buttons. The first button is the famous Lotus roundel which locks the doors and sets the immobilizer. The second button unlocks and deactivates it, while the third is a panic function.

Easier options

Partly due to customer demand and partly due to airbags now being standard, across the Elise range, the number of trim option packages has been reduced from four to two, a Touring and a Sport pack.

The revised Elise Touring pack now includes:

Full leather or Microfibre suede-effect interior

ProBax Seats

Leather trimmed centre console and handbrake gaiter

Sound system iPod connection

Full carpets (Black), with embroidered ???Elise??? logo

Auxiliary driving lights

Sound insulation paneling

Retractable aluminum cup holder

The Elise Sport pack includes:

Bilstein sports dampers

Lotus switchable traction control

Twin oil coolers

ProBax Sport seats with harness eyelets

7 twin spoke ultra lightweight forged wheels (Hi-power Silver) with standard AD07 tires

Touring and Sport packs can also be combined.


Elise Touring Pack RRP: $8000

Elise Sport Pack RRP: $7000

The Lotus Elise SC is priced at $104,990, excluding dealer delivery and government charges.

Stand-alone options include Lotus traction control, limited-slip differential and removable hardtop. Further accessories such as adjustable dampers and forged wheels are still available to order through Lotus Aftersales.

Jonathan Stretton, Sales & Marketing Manager for Lotus Cars Australia explains: ???The introduction of the Elise SC opens a new sector for Lotus while maintaining its core values of light weight and extreme performance. The Elise SC combines the practicality of the Elise with its removable roof, great vision and superb response, with the exceptional performance of a supercharger installation. The new Elise SC is a formidable package, the very essence of what a real sports car is all about.??



2008 Lotus Elise SC (Supercharged)
2008 Lotus Elise SC (Supercharged)
2008 Lotus Elise SC (Supercharged)
2008 Lotus Elise SC (Supercharged)
2008 Lotus Elise SC (Supercharged)

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