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Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Featherweight Lotus Elise Sprint launches 2017 Elise range

Featherweight Lotus Elise Sprint launches 2017 Elise range

Named the Elise Sprint, the new edition of the Elise has removed 41kg from the previous model, to reach a benchmark dry weight of just 798kg.

To achieve the weight-saving made by the Elise Sprint, Lotus has applied carbon fibre to the bucket seats, access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover. The Sprint also uses a lighter battery and lighter alloy wheels than a regular Elise. In total, these parts cut 48.5 lbs. compared to the previous Sport and Sport 220 models, which means that finally, Lotus can say that they have a auto under 800 kilograms. Two-piece brake discs are available to reduce the weight further still. All these changes will make the Sprint accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds, while the supercharged 220 will get there in 4.1. "It should weigh substantially less and, it is a fantastic achievement from Lotus in ensuring that the fully type approved new Elise now dips below the 800 kg barrier". The Sprint is marked out with unique design tweaks, including a matte black rear fascia, black wheels, subtle side stripes and Sprint badging.

The interior has been adjusted, too, to make it fresh. Not a lot, admittedly, but it could make life that little bit less awkward.

Lotus has revealed a refreshed Elise for 2017, with a new lightweight variant of its sports auto headlining the updated range that will go on sale this spring.

Reducing the weight does more than just help with performance, it helps it care for polar bears more effectively. An Elise Sprint 220, meanwhile, costs from £44,300, which is also £500 more expensive than the Sport 220 (bit of a pattern here) and £3,100 less than the Elise Cup 250.

"The addition of the Elise Sprint to Lotus" model range comes amid the arrival of an updated version of the Elise. Full details are on hold, but orders are open now.

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