Retaining the elements that have always kept the Elise ahead of rivals, the Elise Sport 220 is built around an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis which is both tremendously strong and torsionally stiff – weighing just 68 kg.

The new Elise Sport 220 benefits from a range of improvements, which includes a 10 kg mass reduction thanks to a number of new components. Changes to the body including a redesigned lightweight front clam panel, with wider apertures and mesh pattern grille provide a more aggressive aspect and 8.7 kg less weight.

The new design of rear transom panel now has two rear light clusters, rather than four, with reversing and fog lights now mounted inboard so reducing weight by 0.3 kg and visually enhancing the rear design to appear wider. Every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be also specified on the standard Elise Sport 220.


Offering 217 hp / 250 Nm of torque, the 1.8-litre supercharged engine of the Elise Sport 220 has been specifically tuned to deliver a benchmark power-to-weight ratio and class leading efficiency. The car’s reduction in weight translates into quicker acceleration with 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, harder cornering and a power to weight ratio of up to 257 hp / tonne.

Being so lightweight, emissions are extremely low with 173 g CO2 / km. Stopping power is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear-calipers – optional lightweight two-piece brake discs are also available.

Like all Elise, the Elise Sprint 220 benefits from Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management (Lotus DPM) with user selectable driving modes. Last not least, Hethel’s acoustic engineers have spent time altering the aural appeal of the Elise Sport 220: providing the perfect soundtrack at any speed, its new exhaust makes the 1.8-litre supercharged Elise Sport 220 the best-sounding 4-cylinder car on the market.


Featuring the Elise’s distinctive new styling, the Elise Sport 220 integrates a new front and rear aesthetic. The cabin also receives a wide range of cabin enhancements – including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism providing a much more positive and direct operation and giving more precise and quicker shifting.

The cabin also benefits from a new centre console and optional carbon sill covers which reduce weight by 0.8 kg and increase the door aperture by up to 10 mm, aiding ingress and egress. The Elise’s instrument panel has also received attention, with new graphics making it easier to read and a new in-car entertainment system, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, can also be selected when ordering.

Options for the new car include Alcantara® trimmed steering wheel, vent-surrounds and sills. Further enhancement can be specified, including a new paintwork colour: “Electric Light Blue” joining the Lotus core colour range.


Modifications front and back are more than skin deep and have allowed the careful balancing of aerodynamic downforce across the whole car.

Extended rubber elements mounted on the flat underside and ahead of the front wheel, together with an additional diffuser vane at the rear, help modify airflow under the car reducing drag and increasing stability.

Top Speed


0 – 60 MPH


Max Power




In Action

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  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 217bhp (220PS)
  • Delivers 184lbs ft (250Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Locking differential
  • Exhilarating acceleration

  • State of the art construction, entirely handmade
  • Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure
  • Exceptional torsional rigidity
  • Provides solid handling base
  • Forged alloy suspension wishbones

  • 6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios
  • Exposed aluminium gearshift mechanism
  • Close ratios
  • Precise changes
  • Balanced clutch weight

  • Head-turning presence
  • New front and rear aesthetic
  • New exterior and interior carbon fiber options
  • New exterior and interior Pack options (Alcantara, Leather, Black, Interiour Colour)

  • Lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism for a more precise and quicker shifting
  • Steering wheel trimmed in black leather
  • Engine start push button



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 (233 km/h)
Power to weight ratio 257 hp/tonne
Lowest possible dry weight 845 kg
Dry weight 877 kg
Kerb weight 904 kg
Urban 27.4 (10.3)
Extra Urban 47.9 (5.9)
Combined 37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions, Combined 173 g/km
All alloy,1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder , dual VVT-i, 16 valve with chargecooler superchargerStandard
Mid mounted, transverse, rear wheel driveStandard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control SystemStandard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratiosStandard
Exposed aluminium gearshift mechanismStandard
Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structureStandard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with front anti-roll barStandard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rearStandard
Eibach springs, front and rearStandard
Lotus tuned ABS systemStandard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipersStandard
Brembo single-piston rear calipersStandard
Red painted brake calipersOption
Lightweight batteryStandard
Lightweight Lithium-ion batteryOption
Lightweight two-piece high performance brake discsOption
Tyre Pressure Monitoring SystemStandard
Lightweight silver cast alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)Standard
Lightweight black forged wheels  (16” front and 17” rear)Standard
Front Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 175/55 ZR16Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 225/45 ZR17Standard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rearStandard
Aerodynamically  optimized black rear diffuserStandard
Clear sill stone chip protection filmStandard
Carbon fibre access panelOption
Carbon fibre engine coverOption
Carbon fibre roll hoop coverOption
Black leather steering wheelStandard
Polished aluminum gear knob and leather handbrake sleeveStandard
Technical fabric sports seats and part leather interiorStandard
Engine start push buttonStandard
Driver and passenger airbagsStandard
Tyre puncture repair kitStandard
Interior Colour PackOption
Alcantara® Trim PackOption
Alcantara® Trim PackOption
Tartan Trim PackOption
Alcantara®  trimmed steering wheelOption
Alcantara® trimmed vent surroundsOption
Alcantara® trimmed sill coversOption
Full carpetOption
Interior Colour Pack (Red, Yellow, Silver, Orange or Black)Option
Black Pack (Matt black rear transom, roll hoop cover, mirror plinths/pods & front access panel)Option
Red painted brake calipersOption
Air conditioningOption
Bluetooth enabled stereo plus two front mounted speakersOption
Sound insulationOption
Cruise controlOption
Silver or Black 10-spoke Forged Wheels (16″ front & 17″ rear)Option
Lightweight Lithium-ion BatteryOption
Polycarbonate Backlight GlassOption
Titanium ExhaustOption
Two piece high performance brake discsOption
Sport dampersOption
Carbon fibre hard-topOption
Carbon fibre front access panelOption
Carbon fibre tailgateOption
Carbon fibre roll hoop coverOption
Carbon fibre sports seatsOption
Carbon fibre sill coversOption
Signature paintOption
Metallic paintOption
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic coloursOption
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent coloursOption
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choiceOption
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colourOption

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