But the ultra-lightweight Elise Sprint rises the bar and cuts 41 kilos from the old std. Elise. In fact it weights 798 Kg only.
The "bad news" is that the Elise Sprint is not a brand new model but a refinement of the existing one. The first Lotus Elise was born nearly 21 years ago.
The much positive stuff is that the Elise doesn’t really need to be changed. This beautiful model only deserves updates.
It can count on one of the best aluminum frame ever built that assures it's unique responsive feeling to the driver. Other manufacturers still benchmark their sportscar with the Elise (!).
Back in 1996 it was powered by a Rover mill, then replaced by a Toyota, reliable, turbocharged unit.
At the end of the day, you get a beautiful Lotus car with 20 years’ heritage that is so good that only needs fine updates in order to be compliant with current environmental regulations to be homologated. It is available with the 1.6 aspirated mill [capable of 136 horse power; 0-100 Kmh in 6 seconds] or with the turbocharged 1.8 cc [capable of 220 hp; 0-100 Kmh in just 4,1 seconds]. Both gain a new, lighter exhaust that sounds better than before.