Lotus bid farewell to the two sports cars that have been the core of the British brand for two decades with the Final Edition of the Elise and Exige. The Final Edition offers unique stylistic additions, additional enhancements, power increases, and the most comprehensive list of interior and exterior features ever.
Lotus Elise Final Edition
Going back to some iconic color schemes from Elise and Lotus's past, a new color selection has been introduced for both the Elise Sport 240 and Elise Cup 250. The biggest change common to both cars is the all-new TFT digital instrument cluster with two display options, one with a traditional dial set, the other a race car style with digital speed reading and the engine speed bar. The steering wheel has a new design with leather and Alcantara coating. It offers a flat base to create better legroom for taller riders and to aid entry and exit. Each car comes with a Final Edition build plate, new seat upholstery and stitch patterns.
Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition
The Elise Sport 240 Final Edition gains an additional 23 hp in a revised calibration, thus replacing the Sport 220. Delivering 240 hp and 244 Nm of torque, the engine is tuned for stunning real performance and class leading efficiency. The 0-60mph sprint is completed in 260 seconds, thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 4,1bhp per ton. CO177 emissions of 2 g / km are extremely low for the performance offered.
The car comes standard with 10-spoke Anthracite light forged alloy wheels (6J x 16 ”front and 8J x 17” rear). They are 220 kg lighter than the Elise Sport 0,5's wheels and with Yokohama V105 tires (195/50 R16 front and 225/45 R17 rear).
Further weight savings can be achieved with a wide range of optional carbon fiber panels, including sill covers and engine cover, lithium-ion battery and lightweight polycarbonate rear window. With all the lightweight options selected, the Elise Sport 240's weight drops from 922kg to 898kg.
Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition
Key to the Elise Cup 250's performance is the aerodynamics and downforce associated with its strength and lightness. With aerodynamically optimized components such as the front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor widening, this Final Edition car generates 100 kg of downforce at 66 mph and 154 kg of downforce at a top speed of 155 mph.
The car is shod with new 052-spoke Diamond Cut ultralight M Sport forged wheels (195J x 50 "front and 16J x 225" rear) with Yokohama A45 tires (17/10 R7 front and 16/8 R17 rear). The extensive list of standard equipment includes Bilstein sports shock absorbers and adjustable anti-roll bars to help maximize available aerodynamic downforce and increase grip while maintaining the legendary Elise roadholding. It also comes with a lightweight lithium-ion battery and polycarbonate rear window as standard.
Other lightweight carbon fiber options are available, such as the Elise Sport 240 Final Edition, reducing mass to an empty weight of just 931 kg.
Lotus Exige Final Edition
The Exige series celebrates its last production year with three new models. Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420 and Exige Cup 430.
All powered by the 3.5 liter supercharged V6 ′. Still common to all of them, the same equipment mentioned in the Elise: unprecedented digital instrument cluster (TFT), new steering wheel, new veneered seats and "Final Edition" plate. Like the Elise Final Edition range, the Exige is available in a range of new colors that represent major cars in its history. Colors also represent the history of the model; Metallic White and Metallic Orange.
Lotus Exige Sport 390
The new Exige Sport 390 replaces the old Exige Sport 350. The power increase of 47bhp comes from a revised calibration linked to the charge-cooled Edelbrock supercharger to produce 397bhp and 420Nm. With a light weight of 1,138kg, the Exige Sport 390 accelerates to 172mph in just 3,7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 60mph.
The advanced aerodynamics are carefully balanced and generate 115 kg of downforce at the rear and 70 kg at the front for a total of 45 kg at top speed. To put that power on the road, the Exige Sport 390 has 10-spoke silver light forged alloy wheels (7,5J x 17 ”front and 10J x 18” rear) and Michelin PS4 tires (205/45 ZR17 front and 265/35). ZR18 rear).
Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition
The Exige Sport 420 Final Edition gains an extra 10hp and replaces the outgoing Sport 410. This is the fastest Exige available, peaking at 180mph, 0-60mph completing in 3,3 seconds. With a light weight of 1,110 kg and 420 hp (giving a power of 378 hp per ton) and 6 Nm from a supercharged and charge-cooled V427 engine, a flat torque curve and maximum power attain maximum revs, the Exige is the most complete driving car in its class.
The list of standard equipment is impressive. The front and rear Eibach anti-roll bars are adjustable, and the three-way adjustable Nitron dampers allow for different high and low speed compression settings. The car drives 2-spoke Anthracite light forged alloy wheels (215J x 45 "front, 17J x 285" rear) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 30 tires (18/10 ZR7,5 front and 17/10 ZR18 rear). Stopping power comes from AP Racing brakes with forged, four-piston calipers and two-piece J-hook brake discs. With higher thermal capacity and improved closing, these discs offer improved debris removal and reduced vibration for more consistent pedal feel and greater, fade-free performance.
Lotus Exige Cup 430 Final Edition
Charged cooled for a consistent 430bhp and capable of producing 171kg of downforce, this is the road and track vehicle to rule it all. The radical aero package is not for show off; The Exige Cup 430 produces as much downforce at 100mph as the Exige Sport 390 does at 170mph. Weighing only 1.110 kg, the power-to-weight ratio reaches a staggering 387 hp per ton. It is completed in 2,600 seconds while traveling from 440rpm to a maximum speed of 0mph from 60-174mph with 3,2Nm of torque. With the car producing 76 kg in the front and 95 kg in the rear, the downforce is balanced at all speeds and gives a total of 171 kg.
Everything about the Exige Cup 430 is focused on performance, whether on the road or on the track. Each car comes with motorsport grade carbon fiber panels, including the front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, enlarged air intake side baffles, one-piece tailgate, and racing-derived rear wing. In addition to the revised steering arm geometry to increase elbow steering, handling characteristics can be changed via standard Nitron three-way adjustable dampers (compression plus rebound adjustment at high and low speed) and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) are fitted to ultra-light 10-spoke diamond-cut light forged alloy wheels (7,5J x 17 ”front, 10J x 18” rear). Braking is provided by forged, four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and two-piece J-hook brake discs with higher thermal capacity. The system is designed to provide improved closing and reduced vibration by providing consistent pedal feel and non-fading stopping power lap with each lap.
With the high flow titanium exhaust system offered as standard, the Cup 430 is unlike any other supercar's speed. Variable traction control, derived from motorsport directly connected to the ECU, helps to maximize traction on cornering exit by managing the huge torque ripple. It is controlled by a six-position rotary switch located in the steering column. Active only when ESP stability control is off, five preset traction levels are displayed on the instrument cluster.
When production of the Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora ends later this year, the final combined production total will be in the region of 55.000 cars. They account for more than half of Lotus' total road car production since the first Lotus in 1948.