Lotus’ latest release can go from 0-60mph in 3.9sec; weighs just 860kg in its lightest form; costs from £47,400

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has been revealed, pegged by Lotus as its purest four-cylinder car yet. 

With 240bhp and weighing at just 860kg in its lightest form, the Cup 250 has a power-to-weight ratio of 279bhp per metric ton, meaning 0-60mph is possible in just 3.9sec, while top speed is 154mph. 

The Cup 250 has a supercharged 1.8-litre all-alloy petrol engine, and its exhaust has been fettled to create a better exhaust note. An extensive use of lightweight materials such as carbonfibre, titanium and aluminium has helped to get the car's weight down. Additional weight reduction upgrades are available, including a £4000 titanium exhaust system that saves 7kg. Ultra-light alloy wheels, 16in at the front and 17in at the rear, come as standard.

Aerodynamic upgrades to the front splitter, rear wing, bargeboards and diffuser add up to 125kg of downforce when travelling at 140mph, Lotus claims.

Close attention has been paid to the Cup 250’s suspension; there are fully independent double wishbones and an anti-roll bar at the front, with higher damper rates than the Elise Sport and Sprint.

The Cup 250's electronic stability program (ESP) has three selectable driving modes: Drive, Sport, and Off.

Lotus has positioned the Cup 250 as a halfway point between its road and track Elises; the Exige Cup 380 was pegged as the most hardcore road-legal Exige, but it was far more exclusive with a production run of just 60.

The Cup 250 costs from £47,400. All of the weight-saving options add up to £18,400, bringing the cost of the lightest version of the Cup 250 to £65,800.

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1 June 2017
At least this one's a different colour. Being more serious, I'd be interested to know how the Elise compares with the new arrivals from Alfa Romeo and (soon) Alpine. Has it really kept pace, or has it had its day? The usual comparison with the Porsche Boxster is I feel rather irrelevant given that they are such different types of car.

1 June 2017
Hey I love Lotus, who doesn't, but 65k (SIXTY FIVE!!!!) for an Elise.

Don't care how light it is or what it's made out of, that's pretty extortionate.... it's Porsche 718 money and sorry they're not class rivals.

One's a medium sized, lavishly equiped sports car that can handle the daily grind.

The other is a pint sized, dynamic firecracker that sits in the garage till the sun comes out and you can go kamikaze on a Sunday or if your brave a long weekend. Daily driver it aint, that's what the Evora's for.

1 June 2017
£2800 for a fire extinguisher. Really. What in the name of God does it chuck onto the fire? The tears of the owners wife when she found out what he paid for the exhaust? Mental.


1 June 2017
I'd love to see autocar put this head to head with a BBR MX5 Turbo. Slightly more power and weight, similar dimensions, but half the price, with a proper interior and a hood that goes up and down in about three seconds. Oh, and zero attention from anyone on the road. I'm afraid I know which I'd take.

2 June 2017
OK, I'll admit it, I'm oldish (50) and a bit creaky but as a lifelong petrolhead and ex Lotus owner I'd love to see Lotus return to form but this car isn't the way to do it. It's too expensive for what it is (a one trick pony) and its price pitches it right up against cars like the Boxster, which is both engaging and well made but also offers a more rounded ownership package (a decent ride/handling balance, some storage, reliability and residuals). Hethel need to start producing proper sportscars again not expensive uncompromising models with limited market appeal - I can only hope investment from Geely will help.

2 June 2017
they do make a cheaper and lower-spec version, it's £27500.
there are now 3 specs of elise; sport, sprint, and cup, with 2 engine specs for each.
there's 3 exige models (sport 350 & 380, cup 380), 1 that's track only, then 2 evoras. it only seems confusing when you see them at random.
if they halved these, would you all begin to complain that they aren't trying hard enough, that they aren't developing and improving things?
the build quality is nowhere near as bad as some of you appear to believe. it isn't actually bad.

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