Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Lotus Elise Cup 250 image

The Swiss event continues as Lotus has come up with a full hand of novelties, with the Elise Cup 250 being prime among them – though we also checked out the Exige 350 and Evora 410.

The new Elise Cup 250 sits at the bottom end of the model range in Lotus’ roster but don’t be fooled – this is still a true sports car, bred according to the British automaker’s credo: lighter is faster. The model was first shown online mere weeks ago and the carmaker has already dubbed it as the fastest road-going Elise ever developed, and its world premiere during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show signals the passing of the torch from the predecessor – the Elise Cup 220. The 250 version has a new aerodynamic styling package corroborated with lightweight 16- / 17-inch forged alloy wheels. Other lightweighting measures include a lithium-ion battery and carbon fiber seats. There’s even an optional Carbon Aero Pack that makes do without the regular front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser, and side skirts – which have been switched to carbon components. With all these measure implemented, the model will tip the scales at just 2,030 lbs. We also have a barren interior with leather-wrapped steering wheel, Alcantara upholstery, and a polished aluminum gear knob. Optional goodies include leather upholstery and a Clarion audio system.

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Most importantly, the switch to the new Elise Cup 250 also brings a power boost – the supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine now delivers 243 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission for a 0-60 miles per hour sprint in 3.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 154 mph. Other mechanical updates include an adjustable front anti-roll bar, Bilstein dampers, Eibach coaxial coil springs, and a high-performance braking system. Pricing starts at 45,600 British pounds in the UK and €61,100 in Germany.