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Lotus adds new, lighter Elise models

Lotus adds new, lighter Elise ...
Lotus has returned to its roots, adding a new Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 model to its lineup
Lotus has returned to its roots, adding a new Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 model to its lineup
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The Elise 1.6 and Elise S have been discontinued in favor of these new, lighter Lotus Elise models
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The Elise 1.6 and Elise S have been discontinued in favor of these new, lighter Lotus Elise models
The Lotus Elise Sport and Lotus Elise Sport 220 enter showrooms in Europe in December 2015 and around the rest of the globe in January 2016
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The Lotus Elise Sport and Lotus Elise Sport 220 enter showrooms in Europe in December 2015 and around the rest of the globe in January 2016
The tartan interior was introduced in 1976 on the Lotus Espirit S1 and is returning now
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The tartan interior was introduced in 1976 on the Lotus Espirit S1 and is returning now
Exterior colors include Solid Red; Signature Grey; Solid Yellow; and Metallic Green, Blue, Silver, White, Grey, Orange, or Black
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Exterior colors include Solid Red; Signature Grey; Solid Yellow; and Metallic Green, Blue, Silver, White, Grey, Orange, or Black
The weight reduction in the new Lotus Elise Sport and Sport 220 means more efficiency
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The weight reduction in the new Lotus Elise Sport and Sport 220 means more efficiency
The Elise Sport 220 has a 0-60 mph (0-96.5 km/h) time of just 4.2 seconds
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The Elise Sport 220 has a 0-60 mph (0-96.5 km/h) time of just 4.2 seconds
The Sport 220 tips the scale at only 914 kg (2,015 pounds) and offers more power and torque
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The Sport 220 tips the scale at only 914 kg (2,015 pounds) and offers more power and torque
The new Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 begin with a significant weight reduction
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The new Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 begin with a significant weight reduction
Lotus has returned to its roots, adding a new Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 model to its lineup
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Lotus has returned to its roots, adding a new Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 model to its lineup
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Lotus has returned to its roots, adding a new Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 model to its lineup. The Elise 1.6 and Elise S have been discontinued in favor of these new, lighter Lotus Elise models.

Looking back to the Lotus Espirit, the exclusive automaker has re-introduced the "Sport" designation for its lighter, more performance-ready models. The Elise, introduced two decades ago, continues to inspire teenage wall art, sport driving enthusiasm, and the occasional electric car mod. In many ways, the little Lotus has set benchmarks for the entry-level supercar sector.

The new Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 begin with a significant weight reduction - a total of 10 kilos (22 lb) each. The Elise Sport weighs just 866 kg (1,909 lb). The Sport 220 tips the scale at only 914 kg (2,015 pounds) and offers more power and torque than the previous models. The Elise Sport 220 has a 0-60 mph (0-96.5 km/h) time of just 4.2 seconds, a top speed of 145 mph (233 km/h), and peak power outputs of 217 horsepower (162 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

The tartan interior was introduced in 1976 on the Lotus Espirit S1 and is returning now
The tartan interior was introduced in 1976 on the Lotus Espirit S1 and is returning now

Other changes include popular Lotus exterior colors and the return of the classic tartan trim option. Exterior colors include Solid Red, Solid Yellow, and others in Metallic (Green, Blue, Silver, White, Grey, Orange, Black). Signature Grey is also available. The tartan interior was introduced in 1976 on the Lotus Espirit S1 and is returning now as an iconic throwback and brash statement.

The weight reduction in the new Lotus Elise Sport and Sport 220 means more efficiency for the buyer's pocketbook in terms of price paid and savings at the fuel pump. The Elise Sport model begins at £29,900 / €39,900 (US$45,550) and the Elise Sport 220 at £36,500 / €48,700 (US$55,600).

The Sport 220 tips the scale at only 914 kg (2,015 pounds) and offers more power and torque
The Sport 220 tips the scale at only 914 kg (2,015 pounds) and offers more power and torque

Fuel economy comes through the power to weight ratio of the new Elise models at just 155 bhp/tonne for the Elise Sport and 237 bph/tonne for the Sport 220. Fuel use ratings are now 56.5 mpg (4 l/100km) and 47.9 mpg (5 l/100km) for the Sport and Sport 220 respectively. An optional forged wheel design upgrade removes another 5 kg (11 lb) from the Elise Sport or Sport 220's weight, further improving speed and economy.

The Lotus Elise Sport and Lotus Elise Sport 220 enter showrooms in Europe in December 2015 and around the rest of the globe in January 2016.

Source: Lotus

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6 comments
gizmowiz
I just wish they would put a Tesla type 750 HP powertrain in it! Electric is the way to go. ICE engines are so yesterday.
worf2
100 kilos weight reduction would be really significant.
Bob
It looks like it is made for a removable hard top. It would have been nice to have a photo. Mileage sounds good but horsepower is a little lacking. For a two seater it still is a little heavy. My 1989 Calais Quad four had a back seat, trunk and just as much horsepower weighing in at just 2500 lbs.
LKT1
"ICE engines are so yesterday". Yeah they only power probably 99% of the world's vehicles. Despite billions of tax dollars given (rather wasted) to electric car builders and customers, ICE engines still rule. Why? Because they're superior when it comes to economics and practicality. Some day electric cars will rule when the right battery comes along, but it will be quite a while yet.
Firehawk70
@LKT1, I'm not sure it's true to say that ICE engines are superior to economics. I think they'd have disappeared long ago if oilmen didn't run the US for a century.
I know a guy who did research at MIT for compressed air cars in the 80's. After they put in patents, the entire team got threatening phone calls about their loved one's whereabouts at various times of day and were "politely asked" to stop working on it. Fairly certain that the folks in the oil industry didn't want that to move forward. They just used a lightweight Toyota truck engine block and replaced the spark plugs with air injectors. The amount of compression is not that high, so an airtank in the bed drove it very well. And you lose ALL that heavy wasteful cooling equipment. They had a fairly efficient project with very little initial work. I'm sure it would have improved over time.
ICE engines also wouldn't be "superior in economy" if Americans had to pay the true costs of gas, instead of a highly subsidized amount, and an amount that doesn't include a surcharge to cover the damage they are doing. Europeans pay a much truer cost which is why very small, very fuel efficient cars tend to rule the roost over there, as well as clean diesel.
Nelson
I drove an Elise a few years back, it was quick and really handled. The only problem with the design is that no one standing taller than 5'10" could ever be comfortable in the damn thing, and being 6'4" I was packed into it like a sardine; considering tall men are statistically more successful than shorter men, Lotus is really limiting their market.