Sprint Spirit

Ensuring that this latest Elise remains true to the company’s DNA, the return for the Sprint badge – as used on historic models including the Elan – is designed to provide a highly attractive super-lightweight option sitting above the Elise Sport 220. Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, the new Elise Sprint 220 offers the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg.


Offering 217 hp / 250 Nm of torque, the 1.8-litre supercharged engine of the Elise Sprint 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 4.1 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 Sprint 220: providing the perfect soundtrack at any speed, its new exhaust makes the 1.8-litre supercharged Elise Sprint 220 the best-sounding 4-cylinder car on the market.

Super Lightweight

The Sprint edition of the Lotus Elise Sport 220 has removed 40 kg from the previous model, to reach a benchmark dry weight of just 845kg. The standard lightweight components of the Elise Sprint 220 include a Lithium-Ion battery, saving 9 kg, Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats, 6 kg, new lightweight forged alloy wheels, 5 kg, while the carbon access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover, and polycarbonate rear screen save 6 kg. Collectively they cut an impressive 26 kg, compared to the Elise Sport 220. Optional two-piece brake discs, saving 4 kg, a well as optional carbon sill covers enable to reduce the weight even further.


Featuring the Elise’s distinctive new styling, the Elise Sprint 220 integrates a new front and rear aesthetic. External design touches for the Sprint range include a matt black transom panel, black wheels which come with custom contrasting metal spun rims, distinctive yet subtle side stripes on the bodywork and unique side and rear badging. The Elise Sprint 220 also receives a wide range of cabin enhancements – including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism first introduced on the Lotus Exige Sport 350. Other highlights comprise bodywork keyed colour inserts for the sports seats, transmission console and heating control surround, along with Sprint badge stitching. The Sprint’s detailing continues inside with an array of optional Alcantara® trim panels on the doors, sills, seats and vents surrounds, all with contrasting stitching.

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
  • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Exhilarating acceleration

  • State of the art construction, entirely handmade
  • Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure
  • Exceptional torsional rigidity
  • Provides solid handling base
  • Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with front anti-roll bar

  • 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
  • Exterior and interior carbon fiber components as standard
  • New exterior and interior Pack options (Alcantara, Leather, Interiour Colour)

  • Carbon fibre seats
  • 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 4,600 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph 4.1 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.5 seconds
Max speed 145 mph (234 km/h)
Power to weight ratio 257 hp/tonne (XXX PS/1000kg)
Lowest possible dry weight 845 kg
Dry weight 851 kg
Kerb weight 878 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,1.6 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i and Valvematic, 16 valve with chargecooler supercharger Standard
Mid mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive Standard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control System Standard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios Standard
Exposed aluminium gearshift mechanism Standard
Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure Standard
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with front anti-roll bar Standard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear Standard
Eibach springs, front and rear Standard
Lotus tuned ABS system Standard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers Standard
Brembo single-piston rear calipers Standard
Red painted brake calipers Option
Lightweight Lithium-ion battery Standard
Lightweight two-piece high performance brake discs Option
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Standard
Lightweight black diamond cut forged 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
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear Standard
Aerodynamically  optimized black rear diffuser Standard
Clear sill stone chip protection film Standard
Carbon fibre access panel Standard
Carbon fibre engine cover Standard
Polycarbonate bulkhead glass Standard
Carbon fibre roll hoop cover Standard


Black leather steering wheel Standard
Polished aluminum gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve Standard
Technical fabric sports seats and part leather interior Standard
Carbon Fibre Bucket Seats Standard
Engine start push button Standard
Driver and passenger airbags Standard
Tyre puncture repair kit Standard
Interior Colour Pack Standard
Alcantara® Trim PackOption
Leather interior Trim PackOption
Alcantara® trimmed steering wheelOption
Alcantara® trimmed vent surroundsOption
Alcantara® trimmed sill coversOption
Full carpetOption
Floor matsOption
Red painted brake calipersOption
Two-piece high-performance brake discsOption
Carbon fibre hard-topOption
Carbon fibre sill coversOption
Metallic PaintOption
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic coloursOption
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent coloursOption
Exclusive Paint: Custom colour choiceOption
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colourOption
Exclusive Stitch: Alternative colourOption

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