Lotus has long been more about handling and lightweight design than raw power. The latest flavor of the Lotus Elise, which isn’t offered in the US, is the Lotus Elise Sprint. The big feature of this car is the use of carbon fiber to reduce the weight of the already light Elise even further. Sprint buyers get a car that is 41kg lighter than other versions with a dry weight of 798 kg.
The Sprint also gets a new front and rear design and significant interior upgrades. The Sprint can be had with either the 1.6L naturally aspirated engine or the 1.8L supercharged engine. With the lighter weight the car can reach 60 mph in 5.9 seconds with the base engine or 4.1 seconds with the supercharged version.
Weight is saved via a lithium-ion battery, lighter wheels, new carbon race seats, and a carbon access pane, polycarbonate rear screen, and light roll hoop cover and engine covers. The Elise Sprint base starts at £37,300 while the Sprint 220 with the larger engine starts at £44,300. Both Sprint versions are available now.