Lotus Exige, Elise Final Editions say goodbye to Toyota’s 2ZZ-GE engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 17, 2011

Lotus wanted to do something to commemorate its popular models -- Exige and Elise -- that are set to end production this July. It decided that final Special Editions for the Exige and Elise models that use Toyota’s 2ZZ-GE engines will be released. The North American market will get 30 units of the Exige S260 Final Edition.

Lotus will offer the chance for these cars to be painted in matte black to 25 of its customers. Only 15 units of the 2011 Lotus Elise SC Final Edition are intended for America and Canada.

Lotus will allow customers to pick from four color schemes that are based on Elise Club Racer. To shave off some pounds, the Exige S260 features lightweight materials like carbonfiber and has been fitted with bespoke lightweight forged alloy wheels.

It is powered by a 1.8 liter VVTL-i supercharged engine that delivers 260 hp. Meanwhile, the Lotus Elise SC is powered by a 1.8 liter VVTL-i engine that can deliver 220 hp.

These two limited edition models will make use of Lotus's go-kart steering and their race track-focused suspension settings. The standard S260 is priced at $67,500 (EUR47,300), while the matte black version has a price tag of $69,900 (EUR49,000). The Elise SC Final Edition is priced at $57,500 (EUR40,300).

The 2011 Lotus Elise improves on the signature Elise design by updating to a more solid stance and modernising its styling to create a look that relates to the Evora. Like all other Lotus cars, the design brings efficiency and excitement together in a remarkable combination.

The body of the 2011 Elise remodels the front with a more rounded front edge and bumper. The front clam and access panel conform to this new shape and make the car look broader and more road-hugging.

The car’s rear houses the engine with a unique “twin-spine” cover. Below, the diffuser has been redesigned to look more prominent and effective. The new rear fender wraps over it and includes the license plate holder.

The modified and updated headlights house inimitable LED guides that include the direction signal lights and the daytime running lights. The new headlights are a noticeable revision of the car’s overall look. Additionally, the characteristic Lotus front intake shapes have been also been edited to present a more angular and sportive look. The new placement of lamp functions frees up the wide space between the fenders. This, with the moulded corner intakes and splitters, helps create a wider and more stable stance.

The overarching idea of purity seems to be applied even to components like the cooling apertures. These have been constructed from a newer and lighter aluminium mesh and add to the car’s dynamic aura.

Access to the boot compartment is now controlled by the driver instead of a different key operation. The elite character of the Lotus Elise is evident even on the graphic Lotus Elise detail of the side LED direction lights, much like it is on the Evora.

The driver of the Elise seems to become integral to the car, given the ideal positioning of the seat, steering wheel and pedals. The seat, in particular, features ProBax technology to provide optimum comfort and support.

The overall silhouette is even more aerodynamic than the preceding model. Its drag coefficient is reduced by 4%.

Lastly, customers can opt between two stylish and lightweight wheel designs. There is a new cast wheel and a light forged wheel available. Either choice complements the high-quality, high-performance style of the Lotus Elise.

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