Lotus elise and exige – at the end full throttle again

As the Lotus Cars business moves towards an exciting future, after 25 and 21 years it is time to say goodbye to the legendary Elise and the unique Exige with a special edition.

Lotus Elise and Exige leave with their heads held high

In honor of these two legendary models, Lotus has announced a series of five new Final Edition cars that feature higher performance, higher standard specification and, in true Lotus style, light weight.

These cars are the ultimate versions of the Elise and Exige, marking the pinnacle of engineering development to showcase more than two decades of technical excellence. Built in limited numbers, each is a fitting tribute to performance cars that achieved cult status even during their careers.

Lotus Elise and Exige

The Lotus Elise Sport 240 weighs just 898 kilograms with 240 horsepower output.

Five new variants – two Elise and three Exige – have been developed, offering Lotus a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of history – expectations are correspondingly high in terms of global demand. The special editions of the Lotus Elise and Exige are available with unique paint colors, new foiling, special wheels and various special details, and of course the Final Edition emblems.

The modifications continue under the body cladding, reflected in new names that feature higher performance on three of the five models – Elise Sport 240, Elise Cup 250, Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420 and Exige Cup 430.

As announced last month, the Lotus Evora has also reached its final year of production. Further announcements on the finale of this model will be made in due course.

The Lotus Elise Final Edition range in detail

The Elise is a truly iconic Lotus. 2021 is the 25. and last year of production. These two new Final Edition vehicles are a fitting tribute through a unique exclusivity and rarity through which high demand should be assured.

They retain all the basic features and characteristics that made the Elise a legendary car – a small, light and agile two-seater powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder mid-engine.

Lotus Exige Sport 390

As a Sport 390, the Exige can go up to 285 mph and hit 100 in 3.8 seconds.

As standard, both Final Edition cars receive the most extensive list of interior and exterior features ever. The biggest change is the brand new digital TFT dashboard with two screens to choose from, one with a traditional design and the other in race car style with digital speed display and a bar reflecting the engine speed.

The steering wheel has a new design and is covered in leather and Alcantara. It features a flat base to create greater legroom for taller drivers and make it easier to get in and out of the car. Each car features a Final Edition badge and new seat trim with special contrast stitching.

New color choices have been introduced for both the Elise Sport 240 and Elise Cup 250, harkening back to some of the legendary color schemes from Elise and Lotus’ past. These include Azure Blue, the color used in the first production media car images in 1996; Black, the brand color of the motorsport division when the company completed the successful Autobytel Lotus Elise Championship racing series; and Racing Green, a tribute to the color of the original car unveiled at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Lotus Exige Final Edition range in detail

The Exige lineup celebrates the end of production with three new models – the Exige Sport 390, the Exige Sport 420 and the Exige Cup 430.

Like the Elise, new equipment for this final year of production includes a unique paint choice, new foiling and two new wheel designs. All versions of the Exige also feature the digital cockpit, Final Edition badge, new steering wheel and new seat trim with accent stitching.

Lotus Elise and Exige

To 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds – The 420 hp Exige Sport 420 weighs only 1.110 kilograms.

All models are powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 mounted in a lightweight, torsionally rigid chassis for exhilarating acceleration and snappy response. Direct unassisted steering provides exquisite feedback and lively communication between rider and machine at all speeds. The Exige benefits from a bespoke version of Lotus’ groundbreaking aluminum chassis, a unique rear subframe and forged aluminum double wishbone rear suspension.

Like the Elise Final Edition range, the Exige is available in a selection of new colors representing significant cars in its history. These include Metallic White from the launch of the V6 Exige at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 and Metallic Orange used on the first press fleet car in 2000, as well as the Exige GT3 concept from the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

Lotus Elise and Exige Final Edition prices

The recommended retail price is as follows:

  • Elise Sport 240 – 56.500 Euro
  • Elise Cup 250 – 64.000 Euro
  • Exige Sport 390 – 79.910 Euro
  • Exige Sport 420 – 99.500 euros
  • Exige Cup 430 – 129.000 Euro

The Lotus Elise and Exige Final Edition vehicles are available now.

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