The Fastest Street Legal Lotus Elise Goes From 0-60 In 3.9 Seconds

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And it's powered by a four-cylinder, supercharged engine of course.

Exactly one year ago Lotus revealed the Elise Cup 250, the fastest Elise ever made. Unfortunately, it isn't sold in the US and nor will the updated 2017 Elise Cup 250, which the UK sports car company has just unveiled. According to Lotus, the refreshed Elise Cup 250 is the "fastest, most focused four-cylinder Lotus sports car ever made." Here are its naughty details: power comes from a supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 243 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Power goes to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual that's been optimized for faster, cleaner gear changes. Zero to 60 mph happens in only 3.9 seconds. And like any Lotus, the Elise Cup 250 prides itself on its lightweight. Dry weight comes in at 1,949 pounds, although buyers can opt for additional lightweight options that'll drop that figure to 1,896 pounds. Power-to-weight ratio is 283 hp per ton. What's new for 2017 are a number of aerodynamic upgrades, such as a new light rear wing, front splitter and rear diffuser. Combined, according to Lotus, they contribute 275 pounds of downforce at 140 mph. Other updates include revised dampers in the suspension and ultra-lightweight forged wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan rubber.

Although Lotus isn't known for offering many creature comforts, Elise Cup 250 buyers can opt for an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and sill covers, leather or tartan trim packs, bodywork keyed color inserts for the sports seats, transmission console and HVAC surround. There's even a new in-car entertainment system with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. If you live in the UK, Germany, France, Italy or Japan, Elise Cup 250 sales are already underway.


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