Lotus puts new Elise Sprint on a diet

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Lotus puts new Elise Sprint on a diet

To achieve the weight-saving made by the Elise Sprint, Lotus has applied carbon fibre to the bucket seats, access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover.

The headline news for this Elise is a 41kg mass reduction, taking the dry weight to 798kg, although that does come with certain caveats.

How light is the Lotus Elise Sprint edition?

The Lotus Elise was never a particularly fat auto, but the British marque has stuck it on a treadmill anyway, resulting in a lighter and more lean Sprint edition. In total, these parts cut 48.5 lbs. compared to the previous Sport and Sport 220 models, which means that finally, Lotus can say that they have a vehicle under 800 kilograms.

The list goes on with optional two-piece brake discs (-4kg) and optional carbon sill covers (-0.8kg), giving the new Elise Sprint a power-to-weight ratio of up to 168hp/tonne for the 134hp 1.6-litre model and 257hp/tonne for the supercharged 217hp 1.8-litre version. The exterior of the lightweight model is set apart with special alloy wheels, black trim, some stripes and "Sprint" badging. The centre console has also been lifted in from the Exige as well as a new infotainment system with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. Climbing into the Lotus Elise Sprint should be easier as the door aperture has been increased by up to 10mm.

Less weight = more performance, naturally.

Lotus has revealed a refreshed Elise for 2017, with a new lightweight variant of its sports vehicle headlining the updated range that will go on sale this spring. The vehicle is 23kg lighter than its predecessor, but with all lightweight options included that number increases to 40kg.

As for the price of the Lotus Elise Sprint (available this very second), expect to pay from £37,300, which is £5,000 more than the Elise Sport. Full details are on hold, but orders are open now.

It also features the Elise range's new look and new interior options, and all of the Sprint's lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 variants.

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