For 2009, the Lotus Elise two-seat convertible sports car introduces the SC trim level and raises the horsepower and speed over previous models. Equipped with rear-wheel-drive, the Lotus Elise is propelled by a 1.8L inline four-cylinder engine packing 189 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque tied to a six-speed manual transmission and can go 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph. The Lotus Elise SC upgrades to a supercharged I4 engine blasting 218 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque to fly zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The Lotus Elise SC roadster is able to attain high speeds due to a specially designed M45 Easton rotor pack non-intercooled supercharger. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base Lotus Elise is 21 mpg city/27 mpg hwy, while the supercharged SC engine gets 20/26 mpg. Lotus Elise safety equipment includes an antilock braking system and standard airbags. Lotus Elise performance specifications clearly delineate it as a stylish high-performance sports car for the automotive enthusiast.