Lotus announces hand-built Elise Sprint

The latest version of the Lotus Elise, the Sprint, uses carbon fibre to cut 41 kg and come in at 798 kg dry weight.

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Mar 24, 2017 2 min. read

Article was updated 6 years ago

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A significant update for the legendary Lotus Elise, the Sprint, has been unveiled.

The latest in efficient engineering results in the Sprint weighing under 800 kg.

Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, as well as the Elise's distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles.

Benefitting the range as a whole, all new Elise editions receive the car’s new look and new interior options, and every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 variants.

Lotus Elise

Integrating a new front and rear aesthetic with Lotus’ established design language, this latest Elise also receives a wide range of cabin enhancements - including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism first introduced on the Lotus Exige Sport 350.

The Sprint is available in both the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated and 1.8-litre supercharged versions. Delivering an exciting mid-point in the range, it broadens the car’s appeal by including lightweight and carbon components as standard.
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The reduction in weight translates into quicker acceleration with 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and 4.1 seconds for the Elise Sprint and Elise Sprint 220 respectively.

Providing the perfect soundtrack at any speed, the new exhaust makes the 1.8-litre supercharged Elise the best-sounding four-cylinder car on the market.

Stopping power is provided by AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear-calipers - optional lightweight two-piece brake discs are also available.

Lotus Elise Sprint

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