Responding to a demand for more power and torque, Lotus took its super-lightweight Elise Sport, added 200cc to the engine, along with an Eaton supercharger to turn ‘bristling’ into ‘blistering’ performance.
Of course, a vibrant performance envelope is helped immeasurably by the weight conscious nature of the Elise. The Elise Sport 220 is the result.
Despite a dramatic power increase, the overall kerbweight of the Elise Sport 220 increases by only 105lbs (48kgs) over the stock Elise Sport.
As a result, its power to weight ratio is a significant 237bhp/tonne (241PS/1,000kg). The result is soul-stirring performance to keep you ahead of the crowd. Driving purity in reality.
A modest increase in engine capacity to 1.8-litres, its induction supplemented by an Eaton supercharger, means that the power takes an upwards hike to an outstanding 217bhp (220PS).
Select the first of the Elise Sport 220, six, close-ratio gears and the forwards delivery is guaranteed to startle.
Its 237bhp/tonne (241PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 145mph (234kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 37.7mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO-emissions are only 173g/km. Lotus proves that sportscar ownership can remain affordable.
Underpinning every Elise Sport 220 is the most efficient, strongest and low weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub. Based on more than 60 years of racing car developments, its torsional rigidity remains outstanding, even with a substantial power increase.
It allows the suspension to work most efficiently, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is unquestionably excellent.
An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any over-exuberance (for which you ought to be forgiven).
However inelegant some safety features can be, Lotus incorporates them within its cars as elements of the design package.
The lightweight chassis is protected by safety zones at the front, rear and on both sides.
LED supplementary lighting makes your Elise Sport 220 easier to see both day and night.
Its advanced braking system works with the driver to avoid unfortunate incidents.
Twin airbags are part of the safety equipment.
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- Performance & Emissions
- Engine, Transmission & Dimensions
- Body & Suspension
- Steering, Brakes & Wheels
|Max power||217 hp at 6800 rpm (220 PS) (162 kW)|
|Max torque||184 lbft at 4600 rpm (250 Nm)|
|0-60 mph||4.2 seconds|
|0-100 km/h||4.6 seconds|
|Max speed||145 mph (234 km/h)|
|Power to weight ratio||237 hp/tonne (241 PS/1000kg)|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])|
|Extra Urban||47.9 (5.9)|
|CO2 emissions||173 g/km|
|All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled Magnuson R900 supercharger utilising Eaton TVSTMtechnology||Standard|
|Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive||Standard|
|Multi-point sequential fuel injection and direct ignition system||Standard|
|Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system||Standard|
|6 speed manual with sports ratios||Standard|
|Constant mesh helical gears and open differentials||Standard|
|BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)||Standard|
|Width excluding mirrors||1719 mm|
|Unladen vehicle mass||914 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||40 litres|
|Two-door, two-seater convertible bodystyle||Standard|
|Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure||Standard|
|Composite front energy absorbing crash structure||Standard|
|Door side impact beams||Standard|
|Composite body panels||Standard|
|Aerodynamically optimised rear diffuser||Standard|
|LED front daylight lamps with integrated direction indicators||Standard|
|LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators||Standard|
|Black soft top||Standard|
|Front mud flaps||Standard|
|Clear sill stone chip protection film||Standard|
|Fully independent double wishbone suspension with front anti-roll bar||Standard|
|Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear||Standard|
|Eibach coaxial coil springs, front and rear||Standard|
|Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinion||Standard|
|AP Racing twin-piston front calipers, Brembo single-piston sliding rear-calipers||Standard|
|Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear||Standard|
|Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA]||Standard|
|Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD]||Standard|
|Cornering Brake Control [CBC]||Standard|
|Driver selectable ESP modes||Standard|
|WHEELS & TYRES|
|Lightweight cast alloy wheels, 16″ front and 17″ rear||Standard|
|Front Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 175/55 ZR16||Standard|
|Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 225/45 ZR17||Standard|
|Lightweight aluminium footwell divider||Standard|
|Black leather steering wheel||Standard|
|Polished aluminium gear knob and handbrake sleeve||Standard|
|Cloth seats with composite structure||Standard|
|Engine start push button||Standard|
|Central door locking||Standard|
|Immobiliser and remote activated alarm||Standard|
|Driver and passenger air bags||Standard|
|Face level air-vents||Standard|
|Tyre puncture repair kit||Standard|
|Auxiliary driving lights||Option|
|Stereo, full carpet and sound insulation||Option|
|Sport wheel, satin black or silver, forged 14-spoke (16′ front and 17″ rear)||Option|