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

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.

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Lotus Exige Sport 410 takes inspiration from Exige Cup 430

Lotus’ newest model to expand the Exige range had been introduced as the Sport 410, which is going to be positioned between the 350 and the Cup 430. It actually gets some of its features from the latter - from the engine and suspension to its aerodynamics.

What powers the Exige Sport 410 would be the Cup 430’s supercharged 3.5 liter V6 engine, calibrated for it to have a total output of 410 hp (416 PS) and 310 pound feet of torque (420 Newton metres). The 410 also receives the oil cooler and larger clutch from the Cup 430. The engine is mated to a six speed close ration manual transmission that is standard, together with the exposed gear change linkage. The Sport hits 60 miles per hour in only 3.3 seconds, while continuing to the Cup 430’s top speed of 180 miles per hour, in the coupe configuration.

Sport 410 now uses the Cup 430’s chassis, suspension and dampers to the Sport 410. The three way adjustable Nitron dampers had been tuned for the road to meet the car’s aerodynamic demands. Anti-roll bars up front and in the rear are standard too.

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There is another special edition Lotus car – the Exige Cup 430 Type 25

Lotus is not done rolling out special edition models, and one of Jetta’s latest special edition models would be the Exige Cup 430 Type 25 collector’s edition. The model pays homage to the single seat Lotus race car with the same name. It also comes with a handful of new features that let it stand out from the rest of the special edition Lotus cars.

Customers of this unique model can get the Exige in any colour, as long as it is Lotus Racing Green, or Old English White. What you see in the rendering’s pictures here is the said green finish. As you can see, it has yellow and black accents all over its body - from the hood to the roof, and the fascia, which can be customized depending on what the customer wants. As for the interior, it will also be given the same bespoke detailing, where customers can pick from a variety of options and materials like leather and Alcantara throughout.

What gives the Exige enough power is a 3.5 liter supercharged V6, enabling it to carry out 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 440 pound feet (596 Newton metres) of torque. This is mated to an open gate six speed manual transmission. With these mechanical bits, it makes the Lotus Cup 430 Type 25 one of the quickest cars in its class. It is capable of sprinting from 0-60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 3.2 seconds, before pushing its limit to 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour).

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2018 Lotus Elise Cup 260 Special Edition is a race-inspired model built for the road

A few years ago, Lotus tried to take on Porsche. They had a five-car plan to go against competitors like Ferrari and Aston Martin. Though it did not go well, Lotus is still around anyway. After releasing the Elise Cup 250, the Elise Sprint and the Elise Sport 220, Lotus has something newer and more unique.

Lotus has been releasing a number of special edition models. And one of their newest projects would be the ultra-exclusive Elise Cup 260. The automaker will only build 30 examples of this in the world. It is a race-inspired car that was made with fancy aerodynamics to give the car extra downforce - that is 396 pounds (180 kilograms) at 151 miles per hour (243 kilometers per hour).

To keep its weight down, Lotus built the car with a number of carbon fiber parts throughout its body. In fact, even the seats were made of lightweight material, while the engine battery has also been given a lightweight lithium-ion unit.

Read the entire article 2018 Lotus Elise Cup 260 Special Edition is a race-inspired model built for the road

The latest offering to come from Lotus, the Elise Cup 250, reveals performance that represents the height of the redesigned Elise lineup, combined with its purity of purpose.

This newest model from the brand utilizes the motorsport knowledge of Lotus to the fullest, resulting in the model being lightweight and supercharged. Powering this vehicle is the 1.8-liter engine that comes supercharged. With this inside, the Elise Cup 250 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Maximum speed meanwhile has been measured to be 154 mph.

Given that this model has experienced the Cup treatment, it is able to link the gap of track and road performance. Thus, the Elise Cup 250 has the capabilities of a racecar but put inside a package that can be driven on a daily basis. Lotus has long been long been known to come out with models with increased performance and lower weight. For the newest version of the Elise, the development team at the brand introduced a number of important enhancements.

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With that kind of wit and humour, plus his collection of Porsches, who doesn’t know of Jerry Seinfeld? Well, here is one thing you may not know - he doesn’t exclusively love only German sports cars, as he is the original owner of the mean, green 2009 Lotus Exige Sport 260. And if you are a fan of Seinfeld, you might be interested in what I am about to say. The car will go up for auction this May 27.

Not many details were posted on the listing of the Exige, not even the price. However, we know that this is probably the only Sport 260 that was ever painted in this colour - as the Kawasaki Green is a paint to sample option. One of the photos show that the car has traveled 3,988 miles since its original owner got it.

As you look at the Lotus’ VIN details, you will find that it was being sold for $62,000 in 2012 by an owner from Austin, Texas. This seller reported that this car had been previously owned by Seinfeld, as his name and signature were on the original documents that came with the vehicle as proof.

Read the entire article A special Lotus Exige owned by Jerry Seinfeld is up for sale

The British automaker Lotus is noted for releasing low production, limited editions of its sports car lineage. Now the Hethel-based automobile manufacturer is back at it again with its latest special edition vehicle christened the "Exige Cup 380"- proclaimed to be the most track-focused sports car that is now legal to roam the streets.

Lotus has found a solution to make an Exige a slicker sports car. The newest Exige version utilizes the same mechanical features of its predecessor, the Exige Sport 380, but it boasts one factor that puts it a notch above its big brother- you can attach a plate number on it. Lotus specifically made a new sports car that consumers can take to the track, set personal speed records there, and then drive home. You won’t be needing a loyal vehicle hauler; this sports car can easily become your ultimate weekend buddy.

Akin to the Race 380 and Sports 380 units, power is delivered via the 3.5 L supercharged V6 that specifically yields an impressive 375 hP (280 kW) and 302 lb-ft of torque (419 Newton-meters), driving the rear wheels via a 6 speed manual transaxle that is impelled by an aesthetically detailed exposed shifter mechanism. The new Cup 380 can accelerate to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometer per hour) in only 3.4 seconds - a tenth of a second faster than the Sport 380, but 2 tenths slower compared to the Race 380.

Read the entire article Road-legal Lotus Exige Cup 380 promises to amaze you on track

The Sprint makes a comeback and is more featherweight than ever. Well, that’s because the Norfolk engineers apparently have thought of a better idea. Due to its relentless desire to lose more weight, the new Lotus Elise Sprint had taken massive amounts of carbon fiber diet.

Shedding at least ninety pounds (or equivalent to 41 kilograms), the Sprint turned out to be the most impressive of the three Elise line-up---- with a total dry weight of only 1,759 pounds. That’s 798 kilograms to be exact. Very light indeed.

To achieve this 41kg weight loss, the new Elise Sprint has undergone quite a serious makeover. Case in point; the sports car now comes with a new lithium ion battery that weighs 9kg lighter. Also, there is the new set of lightweight forged alloy wheels weighing 5kg less. To save as much as 6kg at once, the rear screen is made with polycarbonate material while the door panels, hood, roll hoop cover and seats are all made with carbon fiber.

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For those who believe that the Exige Sport 350 is still not that extreme, then be prepared to look at what Lotus has done. Dubbed as the Lotus Exige Sport 380, this is a version of the Sport 350 that is more focused, delivers more power, and lighter.

Starting with the weight, the Sport 380 is lighter compared to the Sport 350 by 57.9 lbs. (26.3 kg) having an overall weight of 2,447 lbs. (1,110 kg). This is the result of a number of changes like putting in a lithium ion battery that is lighter by as much as 22.7 lbs. (10.3 kg). Other changes may appear to be small but impact the total weight like fitting in a fascia panel in the rear that reduces the weight by 0.66 lbs. (0.3 kg).

In addition to these improvements, Lotus is offering the option to have the exhaust in titanium and the tailgate and roof panel made of carbon fiber. With this, the curb weight of the Sport 380 is lowered by an additional 22 lbs. (10 kg). Now by reducing the weight, this allowed the brand to give the model a center of gravity that is lower compared to the Sport 350. This also enabled the handling to be modified and improved.

Read the entire article 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 is quickest, lightest and most powerful Exige ever built

Lotus has completed track-testing of the road-going version of its highly successful Elise S Cup R race car. The Lotus Test and Development team has been placing the Elise S Cup under assessment at its own test track and the famous ‘ring’ – thereby ensuring the road-legal variant of this highly regarded race model still carries on the race car pedigree of the original.

The result is road-focus Elise with a touch of motorsport. To further make sure that the version still looks up to the original, the Elise S Cup was endowed with the same unmistakable and distinct aerodynamics as the ‘R’ version, resulting to a significantly improved dynamic performance over the standard Elise S. It boasts of an ‘R’ inspired aero package that features front splitter and winglets, barge boards, rear diffuser and rear wing.

It also features a fixed roof that creates 66kg of downforce at 100 mph and an incredible 125kg of downforce at top speed – allowing the Elise S Cup to generate downforce enough to beat the Elise S by 3 seconds in the Lotus test track.

Read the entire article 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup unveiled

Lotus unveiled today the Exige LF1, a limited edition of the Exige S inspired by the Lotus F1 Team. As you can see from the photos, the limited Exige S comes with a Lotus F1 Team inspired livery and interior trim in order to commemorate the number of grand prix victories of the Lotus marque.

The Exige LF1 Limited Edition is powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that develops 345 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). With these engine, the Exige LF1 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 seconds, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is made in 3.8 seconds.

Top speed is limited at 170 mph or 274 km/h. Regarding the design, the 2014 Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition comes with bespoke black and gold livery with red accents, bespoke exterior badges with ‘LF1’ logo, and black and gold ‘Lotus’ nose badge and wheel centres. Inside, we find bespoke leather and technical fabric with black and gold design as well as gold contrast piping and stitching details, embroidered ‘Lotus F1 Team’ logo on the seat backs.

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Following the success of the Exige V6 Cup and the Exige V6 Cup R, Lotus Motorsport introduced the Elise S Cup R. The new track-only model comes with an aggressive body kit consisting of a new front splitter, redesigned side skirts, a rear wing as well as an air diffuser with integrated exhaust.

Moreover, we find a tow hook in the front grille, polycarbonate rear screen, forged alloy wheels wrapped in high performance Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS tires. Inside, we find a FIA compliant rollcage (just like on the previous Cup versions), FIA compliant fire extinguisher, 6 point race harness (driver seat), hans compliant race driver’s sea and a quick release steering wheel.

Under the hood, there is a mid-mounted, transverse, 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE engine bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. Moreover, the vehicle comes with new brake pads, single way adjustable dampers and a motorsport specification triple-pass radiator.

Read the entire article Track-only 2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R officially unveiled

Lotus Exige V6 Cup made its debut at the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch this past weekend. Lotus will offer two versions of the V6 Cup -- a Track Day version 9 (priced at £62,995) and what is referred to as a “full-on Competition-spec” car with a price tag that says £74,995. It is powered by a 346bhp 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, which powers the Lotus Exige S.

Lotus said that the Exige V6 Cup could accelerate to 62mph in 3.5sec and could get to a top speed of 170mph. This car’s weight is at 1080kg. It is equipped with Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, enabling the driver to make the shift between Touring, Sport and Race modes. It features Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres, an aero-optimised front splitter, rear diffuser and wing, to go along with multi-adjustable suspension.

It also offers a roll cage, FIA-approved fire extinguisher, HANS-compliant race seats and a removable steering wheel. Consumers can make the choice between four- or six-point race harnesses. The Lotus Exige V6 Cup will start production this December, with an initial run of 20 cars intended for production through to March 2013. Competition models are built to participate in new and current Lotus Cup championships throughout Europe, Japan and America.

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Lotus presented at the Geneva Motor Show the 2013 Exige S Roadster, a car that promises to combine the handling with the open air experience that makes you feel all the more at one with the road. The car is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox while the Serial Precision Shift automated gearbox is available as an option.

The 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4 seconds (60 mph I 3.8 seconds), 160 km/h (100 mph) in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 233 km/h or 145 mph. Still, the Lotus Exige S Roadster delivers 236 g of CO2 per km.

Moreover, the Lotus Exige S Roadster using the manual gearbox will have a fuel consumption of: Urban 14.5 l/100km (19.5 mpg), Extra urban 7.6 l/100km (37.2 mpg), Combined 10.1 l/100 km (28.0 mpg). With a targeted weight of just under 1100 kg, this is one of the lightest six-cylinder roadsters on the market by some margin. Furthermore, it's the first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof, one which is typically lightweight and easy to put up and take down.

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The 2012 Lotus Exige will be powered by a new dynamic V6 engine. Lotus is aiming to bridge the gap between its present range and its five-strong line-up of new sports cars that will arrive starting in 2013.

Since December 2010, there have been no Lotus Exige models built for the European market. It stopped when the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine of the Exige failed to meet emissions regulations.

Autocar said that Lotus boss Dany Bahar intends to fully support and enhance the present range of Lotuses before the new models are phased in, beginning with the 2013 Lotus Esprit.

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The new modular 562bhp 4.8-litre V8 engine from Lotus may be split and used as a basis for a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that will be used in the Elise replacement starting in 2014.

This new V8 will be used on the mid-engined Lotus Esprit, the first in Lotus’ new five-member range of sports cars, which is set to be launched at the 2013 Geneva motor show. It will also be used on the front-engined Elite 2+2 GT at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.

Lotus worked to make its own engines after customer clinics in 2010 found that its consumers were uncomfortable with the idea of £100,000 Lotuses with Toyota engines. The new Lotus V8 will be powered up for the first time in August. The Lotus Engineering-developed engine has a weight of just 170kg and its length is 612mm.

Read the entire article 2014 Lotus Elise could receive a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Lotus will launch the Elise Club Racer, a more extreme, stripped-out version of its baby Elise that’s meant for track day use. And because it is lighter, it’s expected to offer slightly better performance. The Elise Club Racer features a more sophisticated chassis set-up than the regular car.

The most significant change is the installation of a Sport mode to Lotus’s Dynamic Performance Management chassis control. The new set-up is still linked to the same parameters as a regular Elise, including corner brake control, drag torque control, differential lock, traction control, stability control, ABS, hydraulic brake assist and electronic brake distribution.

However, it takes out understeer recognition and it raises the amount of traction slip allowed. Lotus asserted that the new setting gives more vehicle control to the driver before an intervention is necessary.

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Expected to officially debut in 2015, Lotus’ Elise Concept was actually unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2015 model will be priced at around GBP40,000 ($63,000).

The current Elise model serves as the inspiration for the 2015 Elise, which uses an extruded aluminum bonded chassis, although a bit longer and with better access.

The design is completely new and brings something from the 2014 Lotus Elite. The 2015 Elise weighs a total of 2,409 kg (1,029 pounds) and can go from 0 to 100 km/hr (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds.

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Mastretta’s MXT two-seater sports car, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show last week, will start selling in the UK in early 2011. The Mexican sports car maker said that this production ready car is regarded to be Mexico's answer to the Lotus Elise. The MXT is priced between £31,000 and £38,000.

The MXT is produced by the automotive division of Mexican design and engineering firm Tecnoidea. The first prototype of this model was shown during the 2008 British motor show.

It was supposed to start production in 2009, but it was postponed because of the recession. Changes made to the production car include refined exterior styling, an updated interior featuring high end materials and an all-new powertrain. Mastretta fine-tuned the suspension and revised the exhaust system and aerodynamics.

Read the entire article Mastretta MXT to make its UK debut in 2011, will take on Lotus Elise

Lotus unveiled today at the 2010 Paris Motor Show the Elise Concept, a new car set to make its official debut in 2015. The concept is inspired by the current Elise model and uses an extruded aluminium bonded chassis, albeit a little longer and with better access. Regarding the design, this is completely new and brings something from the 2014 Lotus Elite.

Just like the current model, the 2015 Elise will be available as a coupe or a roadster, while a sporty ‘R’ model is in the works.

Under the hood the car features a supercharged 2.0-litre Toyota four-cylinder unit that can deliver between 320 to 500 hp, depending on the spec. The engine will be mated to a twin-clutch manual gearbox plus Stop&Start.

Read the entire article 2015 Lotus Elise Concept breaks cover at the 2010 Paris Motor Show