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


  • 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 power 243 hp at 7,200 rpm (246 PS)
Max torque 184 lbft at 3,500-5,000 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.3 seconds
Max speed 154 mph (248 km/h) (without roof: 149 mph (240 km/h))
Unladen weight 931 kg
Power to weight ratio 261 hp/tonne (264 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban 28.0 (10.1)
Extra Urban 47.1 (6.0)
Combined 37.7 (7.5)
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
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Standard


Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure Standard
T45 Motorsport hoop Standard
Aerodynamically optimised rear wing, front splitter, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions Standard
Black soft-top 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
Lightweight lithium ion battery Standard
Clear sill stone chip protection film 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
ABS Standard
Driver selectable ESP modes Standard
Ultra Lightweight black 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


Black or Red Alcantara® trim with carbon sports seat Standard
Black leather steering wheel Standard
Polished aluminum gear knob and leather
handbrake sleeve
Engine start push button Standard
Driver and passenger air bag Standard
Tyre puncture repair kit
Matt Black hard-top Option
Air conditioning Option
Cruise control Option
Stereo, full carpet and
sound insulation
Floor mats Option
Auxiliary driving lights Option
Harness cross bar and 4 point harness Option
Fire extinguisher and battery isolator Option
Leather Trim Pack Option
Carbon Aero Pack (including front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions) Option
Signature Paint Option
Metallic Paint Option


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