Lotus has revealed its latest special edition model, the Lotus Elise Cup 260, which it describes as the ‘ultimate' version of its sports car. Just 30 examples will be built.
With 250bhp on tap from the 1.8-litre four-cylinder supercharged engine and a kerbweight of 902kg, the Elise Cup 260 can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.2sec, on to a top speed of 151mph.
Where it differs to the 250, however, is the increase in power and downforce. A 10bhp power hike may sound insignificant but it's combined with a 15kg weight loss compared with the Cup 250. The Cup 260 also produces an additional 44% of downforce, at 180kg.
The lightweight carbonfibre components offered on the Cup 250 are standard on the Cup 260, as are the majority of options offered on the 250. That car was dubbed by Lotus 'the purest four-cylinder Lotus yet', and is slower to 60mph than the 260 by 0.1sec.