British car manufacturer Lotus Cars has recently revealed that it will be adding a new vehicle to its lineup. The new vehicle is called the Lotus Elite Sprint Edition is actually 41 kilograms lighter than its big brother, the Exige Special Edition.
Lotus Cars to launch the new Elise Sprint Edition. The new Elise Sprint Edition is said to follow in the footsteps of the Exige Special Edition. It does away with a few parts and uses a lot of carbon fiber in different areas compared to the Exige Special Edition.
The vehicle sports a lithium-ion battery that allows the car to weight 9 kilograms less, carbon bucket seats that save 6 kilograms, forged alloy wheels that cut 5 kilograms, a new front grille and a redesigned front clam panel shedding 5 kilograms more, and a roll-over cover which saves another 6 kilograms. Special two-piece disc brakes and a few carbon sill covers save an additional 4 kilograms and 0.8 kilograms respectively.
The Elise Sprint Edition has a total dry weight of 798 kilograms. This makes it the lightest vehicle in its class.
Under the hood is a 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine capable of producing 164 kilowatts of power for the Elise 220. It is able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour or 97 kilometers per hour in just 4.1 seconds as claimed by the company.
Inside is a gearstick that is housed in an open-gate mesh. It has a redesigned center console along with new graphics on the instrument panel.
What the vehicle lost in weight it gained in power although the British car manufacturer did mention that the changes were not only to improve acceleration. Lotus Cars actually had the Elise Sprint Edition's 1.8-liter engine tweaked resulting to what the company says is "the best-sounding four-cylinder car on the market".
The starting price for the Elise Sprint Edition is £32,300 and will come in a Sport trim. Deliveries of the vehicle is set to begin in April of this year.