The Cup 250 is the fastest production Lotus Elise model ever. It's on show at Geneva and goes on sale in April at a cost of £45,000
1 March 2016

The new Lotus Elise Cup 250 is claimed to be the fastest production Elise model so far.

Read our review of the Lotus Elise Cup 250

Replacing the Elise Cup 220, the new Elise Cup 250 has shed 21kg over its sibling and, while it's still powered by the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, it has gained 26bhp in the process. This gives it a power output of 240bhp, which is also 26bhp more than the track-only Elise Cup R.

Weighing in at 931kg, 31kg more than the Cup R, the new model sprints from 0-60mph in 3.9sec (0.3sec quicker than the 220), while torque sits at 184lb ft between 3500rpm and 5500rpm. The model also achieved a 1 min34sec track time at the Hethel test track, taking four seconds off the 220’s best time.

The body kit has been optimised for aerodynamics, providing 66kg of downforce at 100mph, with 155kg at its top speed of 154mph.

Weight-saving measures include a 10kg lighter lithium-ion battery, carbonfibre seats and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels - 16in at the front and 17in at the rear.

An optional Carbon Aero pack replaces the standard front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and side floor-extensions with lightweight carbon components and reduces weight by a further 10kg, to 921kg.

The new model continues to use the motorsport-derived suspension and braking components from the Elise Cup 220, while AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and Brembo single-piston rear calipers work in conjunction with the track-tuned ABS system.

The new Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system provides a Sport mode that increases throttle response, lowers traction slip thresholds and removes understeer recognition, allowing enhanced control before the system intervenes.

The cabin includes full Alcantara trim in red or black as standard, with an optional Leather Pack available. An in-car entertainment system with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, full carpets and enhanced sound insulation are available as options. There’s also a new engine start button.

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 is available in roadster guise as standard, with a hard top available as an option. It's on sale from April at a starting price of £45,600.

Danni Bagnall

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