Lotus has announced a new Cup 250 version of the long-running Elise that’s more powerful and less heavy than the Cup 220 it replaces – making it the fastest road-going Elise yet launched.
21kg lighter, it now weighs just 931kg. As the name suggests, it’s also gained power, with a 26hp boost for the supercharged 243hp 1.8-litre making it capable of 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds.
More exciting is the 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds: presumably there’s a gearchange involved somewhere between 60 and 62mph.
It has a scorching top speed of 154mph too – in an Elise! Good job there’s an aero-tuned bodykit as standard, that gives 66kg of downforce at 100mph and a stonking 155kg at 154mph.
That’s 16% of its overall kerbweight!
Buyers can save an extra 10kg with the Carbon Aero pack, which replaces the front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor extensions with carbon fibre. Yup, this takes it down to 921kg (we’ve yet to find out how much the Carbon Aero kit costs, mind).
Elise Cup 250: motorsport-bred
The Cup 250 has the same motorsport-style suspension as the 220 Cup. The front anti-roll bar is adjustable, there are Bilstein sports dampers and Eibach coaxial coil springs, AP Racing twin-pot front calipers and Brembo single-pot rear caliers.
Yokohama AO48 tyres are fitted as standard.
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Lotus also now offers a sport mode in the Dynamic Performance Management traction control system. It ups throttle response, lowers slip thresholds and stops sensing for understeer. Result: more slip-slide fun before it kicks in.
Entirely coincidentally revealed on the same day as Alpine’s new Vision concept car (yeah, right), Lotus will roll out the new Elise Cup 250 from the spring in all major markets apart from North America. UK price? £45,600.
Making it one of the most expensive road-going Elise yet sold too…