The Newest Lotus Elise Is Basically a Race Car With License Plates

The Newest Lotus Elise Is Basically a Race Car With License Plates”

"As we near the 70th anniversary of the inception of Colin Chapman's engineering legacy, it's only right that we build the very best cars as special editions, and the Elise Cup 260 is certainly worthy of that accolade", said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

"Our philosophy for producing extraordinary vehicles is world famous, but the new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest auto", said Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

The Elise Cup 260 is an evolution of the 250, using carbon fiber parts and polycarbonate backlight glass to shave almost 150 pounds for a dry weight of just 1900 pounds.

The Cup 250's lightweight carbon fiber and composite components have been carried over, including forged alloy wheels, two-piece aluminium brake discs, and a polycarbonate rear screen.

Somehow, the mass-obsessed people of Norwich have managed to shave 15kg from the already super-light Cup 250 on which the 260 is based.

Where it differs to the 250, however, is the increase in power and downforce. The auto includes almost all Elise Cup options as standard, such as the sill covers, roll hoop cover, front access panel and engine cover, as well as the two-piece brake discs. Limited to just 30 units, the Lotus Exige Cup 260 is powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter, four-cylinder that produces 250 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 151 miles per hour. The Cup 260 is a tenth faster to 60 miles per hour, clocking in a time of 3.8 seconds. For the first time ever in an Elise, the double-wishbone suspension has been complemented with 24-way adjustable Nitron high-performance dampers. Top speed is listed as 151 miles per hour. On it, the Cup 260 is 2.5 seconds faster than the Cup 250. Finally, customers can have the auto finish in iconic Championship Gold. The auto comes standard with Alcantara upholstery, but if it were our money we'd spring for either the yellow or red Tartan trim pack. Things like air conditioning, carpeting and sound deadening material are all optional extras. That auto was dubbed by Lotus "the purest four-cylinder Lotus yet", and is slower to 60mph than the 260 by 0.1sec.

Pricing has only been announced for Europe, but the United Kingdom base price converts to roughly $77,800.

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