Lotus has always operated under the motto that less is more, and the new Elise Cup 250 highlights the company’s commitment to that motto with a slew of new features that lighten the load. The new Lotus Elise Cup 250, which will replace the Cup 220, takes an approximate 46-lb loss while gaining 26-hp. The new Lithium-ion battery takes about 22-lbs off the weight while carbon fiber seats and lightweight alloy wheels save right around 16.5-lbs. Thanks to these weight-saving features and the addition of horsepower, the Elise Cup 250 speeds from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and is “the fastest road-going Lotus Elise ever”, according to a press release.
Lotus Elise Cup 250 Specs
- Engine: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder supercharged
- Horsepower: 243 hp
- 0–60: 3.9 seconds
- Top Speed: 154 mph
The company tested the Elise Cup 250 out on their company track, the Hethel, and it pulled a time of 1 minute 34 seconds– an incredible 4 second improvement over the Elise Cup 220. The new Elise Cup 250 time is the fastest in Lotus Elise history.
The Elise Cup 250 will have 10 exterior paint options and comes standard with Alcantara interior in either red or black, or choose the leather package. Owners will also have the option to customize their vehicle thanks to the Lotus Exclusive program. iPod, Bluetooth functionality and sound insulation are also included.