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Why was the S3 1.6 engine discontinued in 2018?


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Hi everyone! 

I've always wanted an Elise and finally I have the chance to get my hands on a low-mileage Elise 1.6 (136bhp) built in 2018. I did a bit of research and found out that this engine was discontinued in 2018. What I couldn't find out was why. Does anybody have any insight into this? I live in a country where the speed limit is mostly 90kph and occasionally 110kph, so I don't care for the added acceleration an Elise 220 would provide. 

I'd be really grateful for your thoughts! :) 

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I am from Australia. I own an S3 1.6. Very happy with it. You won’t regret it: great little engine. Fantastic fuel economy. But yes, you do have to stick the boot in hard and rev it... loves bein

Hello and welcome!

I think it was dropped simply becasue Lotus didn't sell that many and it wasn't the most profitable variant for them. Nothing wrong with the engine, it's a well regarded Toyota lump and to my knowledge there have not been any common problems to report. I had a drive of one a few years ago and after a 1.8 supercharged car it didn't feel that quick, went a bit better when you gave it some revs though, which it was quite happy to do. Of course it also drives like any other Elise, great fun! A plus point is that they are very frugal, many reports of people getting 50mpg on a run, if that sort of thing is important to you :)

By the way, don't we all live in countries with similar speed limits? Not much different in the UK that's for sure :(

 

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Thanks for the warm welcome and your thoughts on the topic! Funny you should mention UK speed limits are similar - it's just that I'm German but have been living abroad for the past 9 years and still haven't quite gotten over the loss of the German treasure that is the Autobahn. 😟 

All in all thank you for your insights! One more question connected to that engine - would you happen to know whether the 1.6 is also affected by the 2012-2020 Fuel Injector Rail Recall? Will double-check with the dealer as well, but if you have some info on that - even better!

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On 24/01/2021 at 20:19, LePringle said:

Hi everyone! 

I've always wanted an Elise and finally I have the chance to get my hands on a low-mileage Elise 1.6 (136bhp) built in 2018. I did a bit of research and found out that this engine was discontinued in 2018. What I couldn't find out was why. Does anybody have any insight into this? I live in a country where the speed limit is mostly 90kph and occasionally 110kph, so I don't care for the added acceleration an Elise 220 would provide. 

I'd be really grateful for your thoughts! :)

You must live in Australia?

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1 hour ago, LePringle said:

You couldn't be more wrong geographically speaking. Estonia. ;)

Ah, you said "abroad" and I took that as "overseas", which is what Aussies call anywhere but Aussieland.

Estonia can't be that bad! Even if the speed limits there are strict, at least you can still get out relatively quickly to somewhere it isn't (unlike in Australia). I've done a ton of driving in Poland, and many people drive there like they're on the Autobahn. 

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I am from Australia.

I own an S3 1.6. Very happy with it. You won’t regret it: great little engine. Fantastic fuel economy. But yes, you do have to stick the boot in hard and rev it... loves being rev’d. Loves rev-matching on shifting, toe heeling and double clutching. I can re-catch the others ahead into the corners because I don’t have to break as hard. I can maintain a handy pace thru the twisties the others behind don’t complain. I’ve added a dial-up throttle response gizmo - a bit more pep at take off, all I need. I’ve added a purposeful exhaust. My Elise has very high miles. The only BIG problem I had for months was chasing down a regular engine run fail / limp mode back home with fault codes having to be cleared. Swapped in a new $$throttle body. Didn’t fix it. Then last resort swapped in a new engine wiring harness - fixed the culprit. 100% reliable ever since.

Sean

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On 24/01/2021 at 11:33, LePringle said:

One more question connected to that engine - would you happen to know whether the 1.6 is also affected by the 2012-2020 Fuel Injector Rail Recall? Will double-check with the dealer as well, but if you have some info on that - even better!

My 1.6 was serviced last week - I asked about the recall and was told it doesn't apply to the 1.6.

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