Although we are talking about two models here, Lotus divides the final product into five different versions, Elise and Exige models.
After announcing that Lotus has a completely new line-up, we will have the final rush with Elise and Exige going. Lotus Elise and Exige production end 25 and 21 years later, respectively. Who knows what the future holds for iconic car manufacturers from Heath Ledger, but for now, we’ll get the sharpest versions of the two best sports cars ever built.
Although we are talking about two models here, Lotus divides the final product into five different versions, two Elise and Exige models. All newer version cars have higher power and more stable features which are not surprising everything is lighter.
The Sport 240 gets a healthy 23 horsepower pump in the engine room, now 240bhp and 180lb-ft. Torque. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. The Sport 240 Yokohama V105 comes with 10-spoke anthracite forged alloy wheels wrapped around the tires It weighs 0.5 kg than the wheels on the Elise Sport 220.
Optional carbon fiber panels, including window covers, lithium-ion batteries, and engine covers with polycarbonate rear windows, can save even more weight. This reduces the total weight of the Elise Sport 240 to 2,000 pounds.
In addition to the 240, the Elise Cup 250 focuses on aerodynamics. Lotus further enhances front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor extensions. As a result, the Elise Cup 250 now produces 145 pounds, 100 miles, 342 p.m. The Force has a top speed of 154 mph. 250 special edges are obtained when coming out of the factory door; Currently, these are the new 10-spoke Diamond Cut M Sport forged wheels with Yokohama A052 tires (195/50 R16 front, 225/45 R17 pin).
There is a long list of standard accessories including Bilstein Sport tampers, adjustable anti-roll bars, lightweight lithium ion battery and polycarbonate rear window. Yes, there are many lightweight carbon fibre options that weigh more than 0 2,052.
Of all the Elise twins, Exige seems to be the most (in terms of weight) of the trinity. Final versions include the Lotus Exige Sport 390, Exec Sport 420 and Exec Cup 430.
By replacing the outgoing Axis Sport 350, the new Axis Sport 390 gets 47bhp of power increase, thanks to the updated calibration of the charge-cooled Edelbrock supercharger. The bottom line is 397 bhp and 310 lb-ft of torque when it is rolled to 2,500 pounds. The Exige Sport 390 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and 172 mph.
Aerodynamic changes include an additional 155 pounds. The Exige Sport 420 gets 10bhp of power, which produces a fast exhaust and a maximum output of 180 miles. It reaches a top speed of 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. It weighs 2,400 pounds, 420 bhp and 315 lb-ft. Pressing from a supercharged and charged V6 makes it easy to see where those performance numbers are coming from.
Standard equipment is recognizable: adjustable front and rear Eibach anti-roll bars, three-way adjustable nitron tumblers for high and low compression systems, 10-spoke anthracite dummy alloy wheels (7.5J x 17 ″ front, 10J x 18m rear) cup 2 tires (215/45 ZR17 front, 285/30 ZR18 pin), forged AB racing brakes, four piston calipers and two-piece J-hook brake discs.
Finally, we come to the range-topping Lotus Exige Cup 430. The list of other products built on the 430-bhp operating system is extensive and noisy. The Extreme Aero Package keeps the Exige Sport 390 at 100 mph and 170 mph. 168 pounds less. The front part is 210 p.m. All-up weighs less than 2,500 pounds. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph thanks to its 325 lb-ft rating.
Each exhaust cup 430 includes a motorsport-quality carbon fiber front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround and expanded air intake side pieces. The Nitron driver’s handling features can be adjusted with three-way adjustable tampers (high and low compression and regenerative adjustment), Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars.
The Beefy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) is fitted with 10-spoke forged alloy wheels (7.5J x 17”front and 10J x 18” rear tires. Thanks to the -piston AB racing brake calipers and high-heat two-piece J-hook brake discs, the high-current titanium exhaust system and six-stage variable traction control are directly connected to the ECU.
By the end of Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora production this year, the total final production was 55,000 cars. They accounted for more than half of Lotus’ total production since the first Lotus in 1948.