Proving that less is more, Lotus’ high performance Cup version of the famous Elise has shed 21 kg and gained 26 hp.

Weighing in at 931 kg, and capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest road-going Lotus Elise ever.


Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.

A new supercharger pulley and high-flow fuel pump contribute to the car’s 261 hp/tonne headline figure.


Designed to suit all sports car fans, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is available for the first time as a roadster as standard with a hard top available as an option.

For those wanting to cut the car’s weight still further, and so boost performance, a Carbon Aero Pack is available, which cuts an extra 10 kg which reduces the mass to just 921 kg.


The aerodynamically optimised body kit provides 66 kg of downforce at 100 mph and an impressive 155 kg at maximum velocity of 154 mph.

Shaping and working airflow over and around the bodywork has been key to delivering the car’s extremely focused handling.

The optional Carbon Aero Pack replaces the standard front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions with lightweight carbon components.

Top Speed


0 – 60 MPH


Max Power




In Action

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  • Focused minimalism
  • Full Alcantara® interior in red or black
  • Carbon fibre race seats
  • Optional Leather Pack in black, red or tan
  • Small diameter leather steering wheel
  • Engine start push button

  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 243 hp (246 PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184 lbft (250 Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Exhilarating acceleration

  • Road going but track focused
  • Most extreme of all road-going Elise models
  • Race-bred suspension
  • Confident on-track
  • Capable on-road

  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Optional Carbon Aero Pack
  • Maximum down force
  • Taut and poised

  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds)

  • Advanced lightweight construction
  • Aluminium chassis-tub
  • Aerodynamic composite bodywork
  • Agile handling
  • Mid-engined dynamic balance
  • Track focused


Max power243 hp at 7,200 rpm (246 PS)
Max torque184 lbft at 3,500-5,000 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph3.9 seconds
0-100 km/h4.3 seconds
Max speed154 mph (248 km/h) (without roof: 149 mph (240 km/h))
Unladen weight931 kg
Power to weight ratio261 hp/tonne (264 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban28.0 (10.1)
Extra Urban47.1 (6.0)
Combined37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions175 g/km
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled superchargerStandard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel driveStandard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control systemStandard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratiosStandard
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)Standard


Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structureStandard
T45 Motorsport hoopStandard
Aerodynamically optimised rear wing, front splitter, rear diffuser and side floor-extensionsStandard
Black soft-topStandard
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with adjustable front anti-roll barStandard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rearStandard
Eibach springs, front and rearStandard
Lightweight lithium ion batteryStandard
Clear sill stone chip protection filmStandard


AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipersStandard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rearStandard
Driver selectable ESP modesStandard
Ultra Lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)Standard
Front Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 195/50 ZR16Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 225/45 ZR17Standard


Black or Red Alcantara® trim with carbon sports seatStandard
Black leather steering wheelStandard
Polished aluminum gear knob and leather
handbrake sleeve
Engine start push buttonStandard
Driver and passenger air bagStandard
Tyre puncture repair kit
Matt Black hard-topOption
Air conditioningOption
Cruise controlOption
Stereo, full carpet and
sound insulation
Floor matsOption
Auxiliary driving lightsOption
Harness cross bar and 4 point harnessOption
Fire extinguisher and battery isolatorOption
Leather Trim PackOption
Carbon Aero Pack (including front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions)Option
Signature PaintOption
Metallic PaintOption


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