Evolved, energised and even lighter, a significant update for the legendary Lotus Elise has been unveiled ahead of its arrival in showrooms this spring.
Pride of place in the latest Elise line-up is the new Sprint edition, capturing the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg. Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, as well as the Elise's distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles. Benefitting the range as a whole, all new Elise editions receive the car’s new look and new interior options, and every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 variants.
Sprint adds carbon fibre to cut 41 kg and hit 798 kg dry weight with new front and rear design, and significant interior upgrades
In the biggest weight cut to the car since the introduction of the first-generation Elise, Lotus has returned to its roots by employing the same intense engineering strategy as used on its most recent models. The Sprint edition of the Lotus Elise has removed 41 kg from the previous model, to reach a benchmark dry weight of just 798 kg.
|Elise Sprint||Elise Sprint 220|
|1.6 litre DOHC 4 cylinder||1.8-litre DOHC 4 cylinder supercharged engine|
|134 hp at 6800 rpm||217 hp at 6800 rpm|
|Mid Engine / Rear Wheel Drive||Mid Engine / Rear Wheel Drive|
|0-60 mph 5.8 seconds||0-60 mph 4.1 seconds|
|Max speed 127 mph (204 km/h)||Max speed 145 mph (233 km/h)|
|Dry weight 1757 lbs (798 kg)||Dry weight 1874 lbs (851 kg)|
|6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios||6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios|
|Electronic Differential Lock||Electronic Differential Lock|
|Lightweight Lithium-ion battery||Lightweight Lithium-ion battery|