Updated sports car uses more carbonfibre to trim dry weight to 798kg; on sale in April priced from £32,300

The 2017 Lotus Elise has been launched with a new lightweight Sprint edition that is 41kg lighter than the old car.

On sale next month priced from £32,300, the Sprint uses more carbonfibre to trim weight to 798kg, and in its most potent Sprint 220 supercharged 1.8-litre form can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.1sec with its 217bhp.

The regular 134bhp 1.6-litre Sprint manages the same dash in 5.9sec.

The 2017 Elise gets an updated design for its front and rear bumpers, new taillights and a revamped interior with alcantara and contrasting stitching, as well as an open gate gear lever.

A new centre console, first seen on the Exige, and new instrument panel have been added, with Bluetooth connectivity optionable.

Above the regular Elise models sits the Elise 250 Cup which will land in May priced from £47,400 with an even harder focus on performance. The car is 23kg lighter than its predecessor, but with all lightweight options included that number increases to 40kg. Performance figures will be released in the run up to the model’s launch.

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17 March 2017
Any version of the Elise over the Boxster all day every day. Went to look to buy a second-hand one a little while ago and the prices were crazy.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

17 March 2017
Or are they now Norfolk's Morgan?

17 March 2017
I still miss my SC but that was over 900kg (though in hindsight the decision to not spec air con wasn't the right one). I'm sure this one is fantastic. For me the joy of the Elise over a Porsche is that it feels exciting at 20mph. They're brilliant cars, though for me really a Sunday car for A to A drives. I can't wait to see what they do with the new one in a few years. With progress like this it looks very exciting.

17 March 2017
As former owner of an Elise i just want to say that Lotus keeps improving it and more beautiful than ever.....with that reliable engine is simple one of the best daily sports car. Pity hard to get out with soft top .

17 March 2017
and has matured very nicely. Always preferred the Series 1 headlights though. Hmmm ..

Wide cars in a world of narrow.

17 March 2017
When are Lotus going to redesign (dump?) those horrible mirrors, the worst single thing about the original design. They look like a parts-bin salvage from an Austin Metro.

RogerHudson

17 March 2017
When are Lotus going to redesign (dump?) those horrible mirrors, the worst single thing about the original design. They look like a parts-bin salvage from an Austin Metro.

RogerHudson

17 March 2017
When are Lotus going to redesign (dump?) those horrible mirrors, the worst single thing about the original design. They look like a parts-bin salvage from an Austin Metro.

RogerHudson

17 March 2017
When are Lotus going to redesign (dump?) those horrible mirrors, the worst single thing about the original design. They look like a parts-bin salvage from an Austin Metro.

RogerHudson

18 March 2017
going to just give up, they sell that few cars, that virtually every single one of them is a special edition.

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