As the lotus cars business moves towards an exciting future, after 25 and 21 years, it is time to bid farewell to the legendary elise and the unique exige with a special edition.
lotus elise and exige walk with "heads held high"
In honor of these two legendary models, lotus has announced a series of five new final edition cars that feature higher performance, a higher standard specification and, in true lotus style, light weight.
these cars are the ultimate versions of the elise and exige and mark the pinnacle of technical development to showcase more than two decades of technical excellence. Built in limited numbers, each is a fitting tribute to performance cars that achieved cult status during their careers.
The lotus elise sport 240 weighs just 898 kilograms with 240 hp output.
Five new variants – two elise and three exige – have been developed, and lotus is thus offering a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of history – the expectations regarding worldwide demand are correspondingly high. The special editions of lotus elise and exige are available with unique paint colors, new foiling, special wheels and various special details and of course the final edition emblems.
Modifications continue under the body shell, reflected in new names that feature higher performance on three of the five models – elise sport 240, elise cup 250, exige sport 390, exige sport 420 and exige cup 430.
As announced last month, the lotus evora has also reached its final year of production. Further announcements on the final edition of this model will be made in due course.
the lotus elise final edition range in detail
The elise is a truly iconic lotus. 2021 is the 25. And final production year. These two new final edition cars are a fitting tribute through a unique exclusivity and rarity that should ensure high demand.
It retains all the fundamentals and features that made the elise a legendary car – a small, light and agile two-seater powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder mid-engine.
The exige sport 390 reaches up to 285 km/h and reaches 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.
Both final edition cars come standard with the most comprehensive list of interior and exterior features ever. The biggest change is the all-new digital TFT dashboard with a choice of two screens, one with a traditional design and the other in race car style with digital speed display and a bar showing engine speed.
The steering wheel has a new design and is trimmed in leather and alcantara. It features a flat base to create more legroom for taller drivers and make it easier to get in and out of the car. Each car is equipped with a final edition badge and new seat trim with special contrast stitching.
For both the elise sport 240 and elise cup 250, a new color choice has been introduced, harking back to some of the legendary color schemes from the elise and lotus past. including azure blue, the color used in the first production car images for media in 1996; black, the brand color of the motorsport department when the company completed the successful autobytel lotus elise championship race series; and racing green, a tribute to the color of the original car unveiled at the 1995 frankfurt motor show.
the lotus exige final edition range in detail
The exige range is celebrated at the end of production with three new models – the exige sport 390, the exige sport 420 and the exige cup 430.
Like the elise, the new equipment for this final year of production includes a unique paint selection, new foiling and two new wheel designs. All versions of the exige also feature the digital cockpit, final edition badge, new steering wheel and new seat trim with accent stitching.
To 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds – the 420 hp exige sport 420 weighs just 1.110 kilograms.
All models are powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 mounted in a lightweight and torsionally rigid chassis that delivers exhilarating acceleration and snappy response. Direct unassisted steering provides exquisite feedback and lively communication between driver and machine at all speeds. The exige benefits from a bespoke version of lotus’ groundbreaking aluminum chassis, a unique rear subframe and forged aluminum double-wishbone rear suspension.
Like the elise final edition range, the exige is available in a selection of new colors representing significant cars in its history. These include metallic white from the launch of the V6 exige at the frankfurt auto show in 2011 and metallic orange used on the first press fleet car in 2000, as well as the exige GT3 concept from the 2007 geneva auto show.
lotus elise and exige final edition prices
The recommended retail price of the cars is as follows:
- Elise sport 240 – 56.500 euro
- Elise cup 250 – 64.000 euro
- Exige sport 390 – 79.910 euro
- Exige sport 420 – 99.500 euro
- Exige cup 430 – 129.000 euro
the lotus elise and exige final edition vehicles are available now.