Lotus kicks off its 70th birthday celebrations with two special edition models

Lotus has announced special edition Elise and Exige models to honour its 70th birthday

Lotus is turning 70 in 2018, and to mark the milestone it’s revealed two celebratory models  based on the Elise and Exige. However, Lotus is yet to price either model.

Production of the Lotus Exige 70th Edition will be limited to 40 examples and be available in either 350 Sport or 380 Sport guise. Buyers will also have the choice between three colour schemes: Empire Green, Essex Blue and Monaco White. Inside, ‘Lotus 70’ has been stitched into the headrests, in red, of the alcantara bucket seats, the same wording is stickered down the side of the car, ahead of the rear wheel arch.

No official spec sheets or performance stats have been disclosed, but it’s likely they will deliver the same performance as the standards models. Both the 350 and 380 use the same supercharged, 3.5-litre V6 engine, the latter’s in a slightly higher state of tune yielding 375bhp and 302lb ft of torque, as opposed to the former’s 345bhp and 295lb ft. Both cover the 0-62mph dash in less than 4sec and can hit 170mph.

> Lotus Exige 380 Cup review

It wouldn’t be a proper Lotus celebration without the traditional colours of black and gold, which have been applied to the Lotus Elise 250 Cup  GP Edition inside and out. Echoing the Team Lotus 72 F1 car, the exterior has gold, accents and wheels that are set against the black base colour, while in the cabin you’ll find plenty of gold-stitched leather and alcantara and the Lotus crest embroidered into the headrests. Elsewhere, there’s a nod to the Hethel-based manufacturer's 13 Formula 1 titles (seven constructors' championships and six drivers' championships). Lotus has not revealed how many will be built.

Based on the Elise Cup 250 the performance is impressive. The 1.8-litre supercharged four-pot develops 243bhp and 184lb ft of torque, helping it sprint from 0 to 62mph in 4.3sec and reach a 154mph top speed.

Recommended

Lotus E-R9 design study revealed
Lotus E-R9 profile
Lotus

Lotus E-R9 design study revealed

Lotus design has given us a glimpse into what it wants the electric racing car of the future to be
16 Feb 2021
Lotus Elise and Exige to sign off with Final Edition models
Lotus Final Editions 2021 - group
Lotus

Lotus Elise and Exige to sign off with Final Edition models

Lotus Elise and Exige Final Edition models to celebrate the end of one era and the beginning of another
8 Feb 2021
Lotus Type 131 production confirmed for this year
Type 131 render
Lotus

Lotus Type 131 production confirmed for this year

All-new sports car to rival the iconic Porsche 911 and set the blueprint for Lotus's future models
25 Jan 2021
Lotus Evija hypercar shown undergoing tests in new film
Lotus

Lotus Evija hypercar shown undergoing tests in new film

The global pandemic might have delayed proceedings, but a new video gives us our best look yet at the Lotus Evija hypercar
22 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
2022 Land Rover Defender V8 revealed – £100k supercharged off-roader gets 518bhp
Land Rover Defender V8 MY22 - header
Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender V8 revealed – £100k supercharged off-roader gets 518bhp

The Land Rover Defender range continues to expand with its most powerful iteration yet
25 Feb 2021
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021