New lightweight Lotus Elite Sprint 20 | 03 | 2017

    LOTUS HAS LAUNCHED its new 2017 Elise. The new lightweight Sprint edition, 41kg lighter than the old car, goes on-sale at Scottish Lotus dealers next month price from £32,300.

    Utilising more carbonfibre to trim weight to 798kg, in its most potent Sprint 220 supercharged 1.8-litre 217bhp form accelerates from standstill to 60mph in 4.1sec. The ‘standard’ 134bhp 1.6-litre Sprint does 0-60mph in 5.9s.

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    The 2017 model is distinguished by its updated front and rear bumpers. The car latest Lotus also gets new taillights and a revamped interior with alcantara and contrasting stitching.

    There’s also an open gate gear lever, plus a new centre console and new instrument panel, while Bluetooth connectivity is available as an option.

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    At the top of the range sits the new Elise 250 Cup, which will land in Scottish dealers in May with a price tag of £47,400.

    Focused even more on performance, the 250 Cup is 23kg lighter than its predecessor. However, tick all the right lightweight boxes on the options list, and it’s possible to shave a further 17kg off the car’s weight.

    Louis won’t reveal performance figures for the Elise 250 Cup until closer to its on-sale date.

    Related: Lotus Exige Sport 380 revealed

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    Jim McGill

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