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I looked around, but was unable to find the answer, so here goes.

When did the US Elise switch to the Toyota engine? Has it always been the case? If not, was this a model year change, or a mid-year running change?

Thanks guys!

(Thinking of an Elise for track work)
 

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Always been a Toyota engine in the US.
 

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There were a handful of S1 Elises imported with Honda engines, and some track-only S1 Elises with the Rover engine. I think it's safe to say that any S2 Elise in the US has the Toyota engine (the S1 was the original, bug-eyed Elise).
 

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As others have mentioned, the US Elise or Exige for that matter only comes with the Toyota engine. The Elise's that were imported to the US with Honda engines were never technically a Lotus but rather, an after-market kit that someone did and can't be called a Lotus. The Elise and the Exige first became available in the UK with a different body style known as the S1 and a Rover engine in '95/'96 however, before introducing the vehicle to the US in '04/'05, Lotus changed the body style currently known as the S2.
 

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and what transmission does the Elise have? i believe someone said its also from Toyota, but i thought i read somewhere that its a Ford transmission now?

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and what transmission does the Elise have? i believe someone said its also from Toyota, but i thought i read somewhere that its a Ford transmission now?

Mike
It comes with the Toyota transmission that is usally mounted with the engine in the Celica GTS. 6-speed. Only difference I am aware of beween the Celica and ours is that 6th gear isnt as tall in our version. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
 

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It comes with the Toyota transmission that is usally mounted with the engine in the Celica GTS. 6-speed. Only difference I am aware of beween the Celica and ours is that 6th gear isnt as tall in our version. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
Yes and no. The Lotus uses the European version of the Celica GTS engine and transmission. The US version has a different sixth speed gear ratio - we use the European version.
 

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and what transmission does the Elise have? i believe someone said its also from Toyota, but i thought i read somewhere that its a Ford transmission now?

Mike
What makes you think its a ford transmission on a toyota engine??????????? And why would a ford transmission fit on a toyota engine?
 

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What makes you think its a ford transmission on a toyota engine?
Maybe it's more a Ford Transmission on a Lotus - which some did in the past - my Elan has a Ford transmission (as well as engine block)...
 

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It comes with the Toyota transmission that is usally mounted with the engine in the Celica GTS. 6-speed. Only difference I am aware of beween the Celica and ours is that 6th gear isnt as tall in our version. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
ok, this is going to be a stupid question. but i didnt know Toyota made the Celica anymore? i thought the Yaris and Corolla were the small cars made by Toyota.

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Frank Rizzo rotflrotfl You MUST be from Philly !!
 

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Love your handle by the way muchacho!

What makes you think its a ford transmission on a toyota engine??????????? And why would a ford transmission fit on a toyota engine?
That certainly does sound rather retarded no? A Ford tranny?

:rolleyes:

Lotus choose Toyota because the Rover lump was having a hard time passing Federal emissions requirements. Simple as that.

If Honda had been the factory pick... the Buzzbomb would have really rocked it. :cool:
 
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