Lotus, get it together and get these stateside!
It’s no secret that Lotus isn’t doing so well right now. Yeah, it showed off the awesome 3-Eleven over the summer and the Evora 400 is headed to the US but that’s just not enough. The automaker recently announced the all-new Elise and Elise Sport 220, replacements for the Elise (1.6) and Elise S, respectively. Both new models are 22 pounds lighter than the cars that preceded them. The new Elise weighs in at 1,953 pounds and the Sport 220 comes in at 2,015 pounds. The weight is kept down thanks to a lightweight aluminum chassis.
The baby Elise has 134 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque and the 220 checks in at 217 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The lower-tier model makes the 0 to 60 mph run in six seconds and maxes out at 127 mph. The Sport hits 60 mph from stop in 4.2 seconds and speeds on to a top speed of 145 mph. The new Elise comes in at $45,680 and the Sport 220 is $55,596. Due to an inability to meet US safety requirements, the Elise won’t be back in the United States until sometime after 2020. Yeah, we get the aforementioned Evora 400 but Lotus should move its ass on getting more affordable models stateside. The Evora 400 is pricey at $89,900. If Lotus is going to compete it’ll need a range of models and prices, as in these new Elises.