Lotus Elise Sport and Elise 220 announced - lighter and cheaper Elise options

Lotus brings back Sport name for more affordable Elise

Lotus is to replace the Elise and Elise S with two new cheaper and lighter variants; the Elise Sport and Sport 220. Available from December this year, both cars will see a 10kg weight drop over previous versions thanks to lighter sports seats, a thinner battery and other weight saving measures.

Lightweight forged wheels will also be an option, saving a further 5kg. The standard Elise Sport now weighs 866kg, while the Sport 220 is 914kg.

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Pricing now starts at £29,900 for the Sport putting it £1000 less than a standard Elise. The Sport 220 will start at £36,500, a drop of £700 over its predecessor, the Elise S. Options include climate control, air-conditioning and an uprated sound system.

Both cars now come with a Sport mode, once an option, as standard. This allows improved throttle response as well as reducing traction control intervention to allow for more driver involvement. 

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Buyers can now option tartan seat trim as a nod to the 1976 Lotus Esprit S1, as well as alcantara or leather should they want something less garish.

Performance stats for both cars remain unchanged, meaning a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds for the 134bhp Elise Sport, while the Elise 220 manages it in 4.2 seconds from its 217bhp.

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