Lotus Elise gets an airbag, traction control and new pedals for 2006
6 November 2005

The Lotus Elise, the firm's best-selling model, and the hardcore, hardtop Exige have been given a new line-up of standard and optional equipment.

On sale now, the '06 Elise and Exige boast faster-acting LED taillights, central locking and a retuned brake pedal and electronic throttle operated by a new steel pedal box. The loss of Elise chief chassis engineer Richard Rackham's elegant extruded aluminium pedal box has been in the name of weight-saving, along with the LED lights, which save 0.6kg.

The exterior styling is unchanged, but there are now 21 paint colours to choose from, with metallic paint a £595 option and new 'lifestyle' finishes for £1010. Inside there is an easier-to-read tachometer and new Probax seats, which save weight and offer an improved posture.

Both the £27,995 Elise and £29,995 Exige are powered by a mid-mounted 189bhp Toyota engine, and each can now be specified with one of four option packs.

The £1495 Touring pack includes leather trim, a CD player, carpet set and electric windows, while for an extra £500 the Super Touring pack adds driver and passenger airbags - an Elise first - a starter button and extra trim and storage areas.

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If your Lotus is likely to spend more time on the track, twin oil coolers, switchable traction control, uprated springs and dampers and lightweight forged alloys are part of the £1495 Sport pack. For serious circuit bias, the £2495 Super Sports pack loses 1.2kg from each corner with new alloys and features more focused suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars and a double shear track control arm. Super Sports Elises also receive Exige-spec Yokohama Advan tyres and a roll hoop.

Air-conditioning remains a £1295 option, traction control is available on its own for £395 and a limited-slip differential for £995.

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