In a celebration of style and lightweight performance, and helping mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s famous Hethel site, Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection: the Elise 250 Special Edition.
Based on the critically acclaimed Elise Cup 250, but featuring a raft of exclusive components as standard, the Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition offers an outstanding combination of performance and panache.
With a supercharged 243 hp engine, a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a unique, hand-finished interior, it perfectly defines the quintessential British sportscar in this celebration year.
As an antidote to sterilised and staid modern cars, Lotus’ approach continues to deliver the purest, undiluted driving experience.
Tipping the scales at just 899 kg, through the utilisation of advanced materials including carbon fibre and aluminium, the Elise 250 Special Edition remains true to the company’s philosophy of ‘Light is Right’ and is capable of humbling far more common, yet expensive, rivals.
Draped in a composite body and finished in one of four of the firm’s favourite colours, the Elise 50th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 50 examples.
With a high specification as standard, and benchmark engineering, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of contemporary design.
From the hand-made carbon components, to the hand-finished leather seats, it sets the standard for exclusive sports cars.
0 – 60 MPH
|Max power||243 hp at 7,200 rpm (246 PS)|
|Max torque||184 lbft at 3,500-5,500 rpm (250 Nm)|
|0-60 mph||3.9 seconds|
|0-100 km/h||4.3 seconds|
|Max speed||154 mph (248 km/h)|
|Unladen weight||899 kg|
|Power to weight ratio||270 hp/tonne (274 PS/1000kg)|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])|
|Extra Urban||47.1 (6.0)|
|CO2 emissions||175 g/km|
|All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled supercharger||Standard|
|Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive||Standard|
|Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system||Standard|
|6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios||Standard|
|Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)||Standard|
|Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure||Standard|
|T45 motorsport hoop||Standard|
|Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with adjustable front anti-roll bar||Standard|
|Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear||Standard|
|Eibach springs, front and rear||Standard|
|AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipers||Standard|
|Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear||Standard|
|Track tuned ABS system||Standard|
|Driver selectable ESP modes||Standard|
|Lightweight lithium ion battery||Standard|
|Ultra Lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)||Standard|
|Front Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 195/50 ZR16||Standard|
|Rear Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 225/45 ZR17||Standard|
|Carbon fibre front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panel||Standard|
|Roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in silver finish||Standard|
|Halogen front main and dip lights with integrated direction indicators||Standard|
|LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators||Standard|
|Clear sill stone chip protection film||Standard|
|A choice of silver and black leather or silver and blue leather trim||Standard|
|Carbon fibre sports seats trimmed in leather with contrast stitching||Standard|
|Black leather trimmed steering wheel||Standard|
|Black leather trimmed sills with contrast stitching||Standard|
|Polished aluminium gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve||Standard|
|Engine start push button||Standard|
|Driver and passenger airbags||Standard|
|Carbon fibre hard top||Option|
|Ultra-lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)||Option|
|Auxiliary driving lights||Option|
|Classic Blue, Yellow, Red or White metallic paint finish||Standard|
|Black Pack (including roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in matt black)||Option|