– Swansong editions get extra energy and gear
– Alternative of the duo is on the horizon
Lotus has lastly given a final hurrah to the Elise and Exige sports activities vehicles after a manufacturing run of 25 and 21 years, respectively. Unceremoniously, the swansong fashions of the pair is known as ‘Ultimate Version’ with a bump in energy and added gear – as an alternative of accustomed crash weight-reduction plan.
In reality, the Ultimate Editions of each these light-weight sports activities vehicles are simply the best-equipped model since their introduction. The British marque has introduced a variety of 5 new Ultimate Editions – two Elise and three Exige – with “greater energy, higher normal specification and – in true Lotus fashion – light-weight”. Names of those 5 editions are – Elise Sport 240, Elise Cup 250, Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420 and Exige Cup 430.
With the restricted run Ultimate Editions, the Exige and Elise get particular paint scheme to go together with the exclusivity. This consists of Lotus’ historic Azure Blue which was used on the primary manufacturing Lotus automotive in 1996, Black from the motorsport division, and Racing Inexperienced as a homage to the unique automotive unveiled again at 1995 Frankfurt Motor Present.
The largest change on the within is the all-new TFT digital dashboard with the selection of two screens, one with a standard set of dials and the opposite a race car-style with digital speedo and an engine velocity bar. The flat-bottom steering wheel is new and clad in leather-based and Alcantara. Each automotive comes with a Ultimate Version construct plaque, plus new seat trim and sew patterns too.
As for the powertrain, the Elise Sport 240 will get 23bhp extra, totalling to 240bhp and 245Nm from its supercharged 1.8-litre engine, with a 0-100kmph declare of 4.1sec. Its weight shedding is helped by 10-spoke Anthracite wheels and host of carbon fibre panels. In the meantime, the Elise 250 Cup will get aerodynamic tweaks too other than Bilstein sports activities dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars. Its crash food plan has helped it tip the dimensions at scanty 931 kilograms.
Shifting to the Exige Ultimate Version, the three fashions get newer wheels, paint schemes and decals whereas sharing the supercharged 3.5-litre V6 sourced from Toyota. The Exige Sport 390 will get 47bhp extra taking the overall to 397bhp. Because the title suggests, the Sport 420 has 420bhp on faucet, 10bhp greater than its predecessor, making it the quickest Exige until date. It might probably dash 0-100kmph in simply 3.3 seconds and has a prime velocity of 290kmph. It’s outfitted with Eibach anti-roll bars and AP racing brakes. Lastly, the Exige Cup 430 Ultimate Version is probably the most highly effective of the lot making 430bhp. Tipping the dimensions at 1110kg, it is going to take mere 3.2-seconds for a 0-100kmph dash.