2011 Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB (Roger Becker) Special Editions

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Former director of engineering Roger Becker, who retired this January, is Lotus's inspiration behind the release of its two new special editions of its Elise and Exige models this September.

Sports and Touring packs are fitted on these two models as standard. Buyers can choose from four available colors: Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey.

Each vehicle will be recognized by a numbered interior plaque. Roger Becker's signature can be viewed from the side of the vehicles' body and on the Lotus nose badge. The Elise SC RGB is powered by a supercharged 1.8l engine, which delivers 217 hp and enables the car to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds.

Powering the Exige S RGB is a supercharged/intercooled engine Exige S RGB of the same displacement, producing 257 hp and pushing the vehicle to run from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds.

With the release of these two models, Lotus will retire the 1.8l engine supplied by Toyota because of emission regulations limits. What this indicates is that the Elise R, Elise SC, Exige S and Exige Cup 260 will no longer be available in Europe.

Roger Becker revealed that he is honoured that two special editions of the Lotus have been named after him. This will give him the opportunity, he added, to give customers his own favorite specifications. It has been a journey of 44 incredible years and he is excited see Lotus move towards the future, Becker continued.

It is clear that the company will move going from strength to strength, he concluded. Lotus Cars Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann meanwhile shared the he personally thanks Roger for his loyalty to the company and that it is more than fitting that the last 1.8-liter versions of the Elises and Exiges targeted for the Europe market are dedicated to him.

Roger over the years, Prillman continued, had played an important role in the development of a number of Lotus models especially the Evora, the Exige, and the current Elise.

His wide knowledge had been passed to the company’s skilled engineering team and his passion for the brand and its heritage have helped the company grow to the organization that it is presently, Prillman shared.

Press Release

Lotus Elise SC / Exige S RGB Special Editions

Roger Becker, former Director of Vehicle Engineering for Lotus is celebrated with a series of special edition versions of the final run of European specification 1.8 litre Elise and Exige sportscars.

In celebration of his now legendary input over the years, Roger Becker (RGB) who retired in January following 44 years of service, will have a series of Lotus Elise Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige sports cars in bespoke RGB Special Edition specification produced and set for release from September 2010.

The Elise SC and Exige S RGB Special Editions will both be specified to a high level with Sports and Touring packs as standard. The Elise SC RGB Special Edition has a supercharged 217 hp (220 ps) 1.8 litre engine which blesses it with a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds (0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds). The Lotus Exige Lotus Exige S RGB Special Edition uses the range topping 257 (260 ps) supercharged and intercooled 1.8 litre engine which endows it with a 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds and a phenomenal aerodynamic downforce figure of 92.5 lbs (42 kg) at 100 mph (160 kmh).

Roger Becker said, “I am honoured that Lotus has named these two special editions after me, especially as it allows me to offer the customer my favourite specifications. The past 44 years have been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to watching Lotus progress in the future, I have no doubt that the company will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Both the Elise SC and the Exige S RGB Special Editions are available in four colours, Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey and each one is identified by a numbered interior plaque, Roger Becker’s signature on the side of the bodywork and special monochrome Lotus nose badge.

At the end of 2010, production of the European versions of the Elise R and SC and the Exige S and Cup 260, which use the 1.8 litre 2ZZ VVTL-i engines supplied by Toyota Toyota , will finish due to changes in legislation and the introduction of “Euro 5” Type Approval which does not apply to these cars. Production of the Elise R and SC and the Exige S and Cup 260 will, however, continue for all other markets.

Andreas Prillmann, Chief Commercial Officer for Lotus Cars said, “I would like to thank Roger for his dedication to Lotus It’s fitting that an exclusive number of the last of the 1.8 litre Elises and Exiges for Europe are dedicated to Roger, who has been instrumental in the development of so many Lotus cars over the years, in particularly the Evora, the Exige and the recent versions of the Elise. Not only has his extensive knowledge and learning been passed on to our team of talented and skilled engineers, but also his passion for the Lotus brand and heritage has helped Lotus grow into the world class organisation that it is today.”

The new, super efficient 2011 Model Year Lotus Elise, introduced to the market earlier this year, will continue for all markets where it is sold including Europe.

The Lotus Elise SC RGB Special Edition in more detail

  • 217 hp (220 ps) supercharged 1.8 litre engine
  • Lotus ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels
  • Sport pack
  • Touring pack
  • Four paint colours – Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey
  • Roger Becker signature on rear of the car
  • Roger Becker numbered plaque
  • Monochrome Lotus badges
  • Air conditioning
  • Recommended Retail Price:
  • UK: £38,550 (including VAT)
  • Euro Zone: € 43,655 (excluding regional taxes)
  • Switzerland: CHF 71,435 (excluding taxes)
  • Official European Combined Cycle = 8.5 litres / 100 km (33.2 mpg)
  • Official European Extra Urban Cycle = 6.4 litres/100 km (44.1 mpg)
  • Official European Urban Cycle = 11.8 litre/100 km (23.9 mpg)
  • 199 g/km of CO2


The Lotus Exige S RGB Special Edition in more detail

Standard Features

  • 257 hp (260 ps) Supercharged 2ZZ 1.8 engine
  • Lotus ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels
  • Performance pack
  • Sport pack
  • Touring pack
  • Four paint colours – Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey
  • Roger Becker signature on rear of car
  • Roger Becker numbered plaque
  • Monochrome Lotus badges
  • Structural shear panel which gives increases lateral stiffness to the rear subframe by 30%
  • Air conditioning
  • Recommended Retail Price:
  • UK: £41,950 (including VAT)
  • Euro Zone: € 50,042 (excluding regional taxes)
  • Switzerland: CHF 81,887 (excluding taxes)
  • Official European Combined Cycle = 8.5 litres / 100 km (33.2 mpg)
  • Official European Extra Urban Cycle = 6.5 litres/100 km (43.5 mpg)
  • Official European Urban Cycle = 11.9 litre/100 km (23.7 mpg)
  • 199 g/km of CO2

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