Lotus - Elise Price: from £41,655
Last Updated On: 20/05/2020
There are two Lotus Elise models in the revised range: Sport 220 and Cup 250 plus the recently announced Heritage Editions.
Elise Sport 220 (images 1 to 3)
Responding to a demand for more power and torque, Lotus took its super-lightweight Elise Sport, added 200cc to the engine, along with an Eaton supercharger to turn ‘bristling’ into ‘blistering’ performance and delivering 217hp and 184ib/ft of torque.
The ultimate evolution of the Elise, its new 1.8 litre supercharged and charge-cooled engine give the Elise 220 performance figures of a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of just 4.2 seconds - firmly in supercar territory. The impressive Elise 220 is distinguished by a rear wing that arches over the car's hindquarters, creating more downforce than the standard rear clamshell and Y-type lightweight cast 6-spoke wheels.
Inside the Elise 220 features cloth seats with composite structure, lightwieght aluminium footwell divider, black leather steering wheel and polished aluminium gearleaver knob and handbrake sleeve. The options list includes a choice of black or silver alloy wheels and a hardtop pack.
Elise Cup 250 (image 4)
The Elise Cup 250 is a prime example of taking a more track focused model, in this case, the Elise Cup R, and toning it back enough to make it suitable for road use. The sheer flexibility of this approach is helped by the weight conscious nature of the Elise lightweight chassis and composite body. The Elise Cup 250 is what results. Despite boasting the same power as the Elise S, the overall kerbweight of the Elise Cup 250 increases by only 42lbs (19kgs) over the R version. As a result, its power to weight ratio is 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1,000kg). Performance figures are a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 154mph (248km/h).
The interior boasts 'focused minimalism' featuring trim in cloth and SuedeTex, composite seats, hip-hugging driving position and small diameter steering wheel rim. The head-turning exterior has strong aerodynamic design features including a prominent rear wing.
Heritage Editions (images 5 to 8)
Lotus has launched four new limited-edition versions of the Elise, each with a vibrant and distinctive colour palette which pays tribute to the company’s pioneering and highly successful racing history.
The exterior colour combinations are black and gold; red, white and gold; blue, red and silver; and blue and white. The famous black and gold references the livery of the Lotus Type 72D which Emerson Fittipaldi raced to five victories over the course of the 1972 Formula 1 season.
Red, white and gold echoes the Type 49B that Graham Hill raced in 1968, while the blue, red and silver is inspired by the Lotus Type 81 of 1980 driven by Nigel Mansell, Elio de Angelis and Mario Andretti.
The fourth new Elise, finished in blue and white, is in tribute to the Lotus Type 18 design from 1960. Exactly 60 years ago, it was the first Lotus car to achieve a Formula 1 pole position and victory, courtesy of the late Sir Stirling Moss, at the Monaco Grand Prix.
All four offer an enhanced exterior and interior spec over the Elise Sport 220 on which they’re based. They are also mechanically similar to the Sport 220 with identical performance figures etc.
As well as their unique colour schemes – instantly recognisable by motorsport fans worldwide – each car comes with an exclusive numbered ‘build plaque’ on the dashboard referencing the limited production run. A total of just 100 cars will be made, with the final numbers of each variant dictated by customer demand.
Each car has as standard a number of features which were previously on the options list. These include DAB digital radio with four speakers, air-conditioning, cruise control, ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels with racing livery finish, two-piece disc brakes and black carpet with floor mats.
The Elise interior colour pack is also now integrated as standard. Elements include the upper door trim and central seat insert finished to match the exterior, with detailing on the door, gear selector surround and dashboard picking out key colours. The only one that’s different is the blue and white car, which has red alcantara seat centres.
Several optional extras are available for each car, including a fibreglass hardtop roof, lightweight lithium-ion battery and titanium lightweight exhaust.