British sports car maker Lotus introduced the models of the final edition of its sports cars Exige and Elise. This year also marks the end of an era for Lotus cars. The company announced last January that Evora, Elise and Exige are bowing to make way for a brand new (electrified?) Line, led by the fantastic all-electric hypercar Evija.
Honoring Elise and Exige are five new limited edition models that boast more power, more equipment and more driving excitement at each turn. Lotus claims that all of its five final edition models are “the latest versions of Elise and Exige and mark the pinnacle of technological development to showcase more than two decades of engineering excellence”.
Lotus Elise Final Edition
The first Lotus Elise came in 1995. After 25 years of production, it remains the perfect example of a driver’s car with its powerful engine and responsive handling. The Elise Sport 240 Final Edition has an additional 23 horsepower from its 1.8-liter supercharged Toyota four-cylinder engine, producing 240 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.
With a power-to-weight ratio of 260bhp per ton, the new Elise Sport 240 Final Edition accelerates to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. It has new 10-spoke alloy wheels (16 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear), Yokohama V105 tires and optional carbon fiber panels to further reduce the car’s weight from 2,033 pounds to 1,980 pounds.
Meanwhile, the Elise Cup 250 Final Edition receives a bunch of aerodynamic appendages, including a front divider, rear wing, rear diffuser and side sill extension. The Cup version produces 145 pounds (66 kg) of downforce at 100 mph and 342 pounds (155 kg) at its top speed of 154 mph, ensuring better grip and tighter handling.
Standard on both Final Edition models is a new steering wheel, a brand new TFT digital panel with two screens and new iconic paint colors. The Elise Sport 240 costs £ 45,500 ($ 62,690), while the Elise Cup 250 costs £ 50,900 (about $ 70,100) including VAT.
Lotus Exige Final Edition
Lotus has three Final Edition models for the Exige. The Exige Sport 390 replaces the previous Sport 350 and has 47 more horsepower than its supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 engine. It now has 397 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. And as it weighs just 2,500 pounds (1,138 kg), the Exige Sport 390 can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The top speed is 172 mph.
The Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition is Hethel’s fastest Exige with a top speed of 180 mph. It also has ten horsepower more than the Elise Sport 410, producing 420 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. The new Sport 420 has front and rear Eibach stabilizer bars, adjustable Nitron shock absorbers in three directions and 10-spoke alloys in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber.
The market-leading Demand for 2021 is the Cup 430 Final Edition. The supercharged, load-cooled V6 engine is now producing 430 horsepower and 324 foot-pounds of torque. Producing up to 377 pounds (171 kg) of downforce at its maximum rated speed of 174 mph, the Cup 430 advances to 60 mph from a fixed start in 3.2 seconds.
All Lotus Exige Final Edition models receive carbon-fiber body panels, Nitron adjustable dampers, Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, four-piston AP Racing brakes, and a high-flow titanium exhaust system.
Pricing starts at £64,000 ($88,100) for the Exige Sport 390 while the Exige Sport 420 starts at £79,900 ($110,000). Meanwhile, the Exige Cup 430 Final Edition starts at £100,600 ($138,600).