Lotus is celebrating the soon to be discontinued Elise and Exige in its well-liked plan – with some special editions
Lotus is by hook or by crook ending Elise and Exige manufacturing this year. Having saved the sports activities automobiles going for some time via a lengthy line of tweaked special editions, the pair will bow out… via some tweaked special editions.
There’ll be five ‘Final Model’ derivatives in total, kicking off with the £45,500 Elise Sport 240 (under), another choice to the Sport 220. Its supercharged 1.8-litre Toyota inline-four has been given a tickle, bringing the strength up by 23bhp to a wholesome 240. The Elise is a featherweight because it is, however Lotus has trimmed the plump additional with 10-spoke 16-creep entrance/17-creep rear solid wheels, no longer mandatory carbon fibre panels, a lithium-ion battery and a polycarbonate rear window. Spec the total lighter bits, and the burden drops from 922kg to trusty 898kg.
If you happen to’re after perfect on-music efficiency, you’ll be wanting the £50,900 Elise Cup 250 Final Model with its prominent aero pack. Consisting of a entrance splitter, rear hover, rear diffuser and side skirt extensions, the kit provides 155kg of downforce on the car’s 154mph top scamper. It too has snazzy solid wheels, though right here, they’re wrapped in Yokohama A052 semi-slick tyres.
There are three Final Model Exiges on provide, initiating with the Sport 390 (under), another choice to the 350. The Edelbrock supercharger pressure-feeding its 3.5-litre Toyota V6 has a brand novel calibration, bumping the strength by 47bhp to 397. It’s by a long way basically the most price-efficient Exige of the lot at £64,000, which is a rattling reach comparable label to that of a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0.
The Exige Sport 420 Final Model (under) serves as a substitute choice to the Sport 410 (keeping up with all these aloof?), with a 420bhp model of the Toyota V6 teamed up with three-plan adjustable Nitron dampers. The Eibach anti-roll bars can moreover be tweaked, while the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S boots seen on the 390 set up plan for more centered Cup 2s right here.
The price? £79,900 – which is a punchy figure, however you’ll want to presumably also expend plan more if desired. The £100,600 Exige Cup 430 Final Model is on the pointy live of the vary, with 387bhp making for a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top scamper of 174mph.
A more coarse, basically carbon fibre aero kit is upright for 171kg of downforce. Impressively, the 430 generates the comparable quantity at 100mph as the Sport 390 manages at 170. admire the 420 it has the adjustable Nitron dampers and Eibach anti-roll bars combo, with Cup 2s wrapping its 10-spoke solid wheels. Other attributes encompass a titanium employ system, and a motorsport-vogue variable traction build watch over system with six settings in case you encompass basically the most fun one – ‘off’.
All of these automobiles are on sale now. They’ll contribute to a mixed total of around 55,000 Elise, Exige and Evora sales, which makes up more than half of of the avenue automobiles Lotus has made since 1948, the company says.