The British automaker – now under the guidance and with access to the huge purse of Geely – is keeping things fresh with a raft of special editions in recent past, so here’s another fresh one.
Before they start churning out new generation models, Lotus is keeping customers interested with new limited versions of its popular models – for its latest iteration they thought about the Elise, delivering the exclusive Elise Cup 260, with a mere 30-unit production schedule. The new road sports car is a proper racer for the street, with great aerodynamics that actually work and deliver downforce – 396 pounds (180 kilograms) at 151 miles per hour (243 kilometers per hour). Lotus lightweight obsession is resolved using carbon fiber bits, while the buckets are also skinny and the engine battery has been ditched for a new lightweight lithium-ion unit.
Lotus asks us not to confuse the 260 with the previously revealed Elise Cup 250, as the new version has been developed by Lotus’s motorsport division and the supercharged 1.8-liter engine has been treated to new air intakes and revised calibrations to produce 250 hp (186 kW) and 188 pound-feet (254 Newton-meters) of torque – and we also need to remember that weight has been dropped to a level of 1,988 pounds (902 kilograms). A six-speed manual transmission with sports ratios delivers a 0-62 mph (100 kph) sprint in just 4.2 seconds. The 260 also packs 16-inch front and 17-inch rear forged alloys while inside the customers will find Alcantara and carbon fiber, as well as an open-gated shifter. All for the price of £59,500 – and you can also add options such as
a £4,000 titanium exhaust that saves 15 pounds (7 kilograms), £1,250 worth of air conditioning, and even £350 worth of sound insulation.