Less weight for Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary edition

The new Elise 20th Anniversary model weighs less than the standard car and sports a range of styling tweaks

Two decades of Lotus Elise production is being celebrated with a new special edition of the iconic sports car.

The Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary model weighs less than the Elise S on which it's based, as well as a range of styling tweaks. Lotus says the new model features £5,150 of additional kit, despite costing just £2,700 more than an Elise S.

Lotus says that by shaving 10kg from the weight of the standard car, the new edition offers a more "pure" driving experience. Equipment fitted to the 20th Anniversary includes weight-saving matt-black alloy wheels, a lightweight body-coloured centre console and lightweight sports seats trimmed in leather or suede-like Alcantara.

It also features a sport mode that sharpens the accelerator pedal's response and reduces the electronic stability control system’s intervention.

Four colours are available – each regarded as "classic Elise" colours – including blue, green, yellow and silver. The car's rear diffuser, door mirrors and rollover hoop are finished in matt black. Elise 20th Anniversary logos feature inside and out.

The £39,990 Elise 20th Anniversary is powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged engine that can propel the two-seat roadster from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a 145mph top speed. Because of the car's light weight – it tips the scales at just 914kg – it's still capable of 47.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of 173g/km.

It replaces the Elise S Club Racer in the manufacturer's range and is available to order now.

Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary specifications:

  • Body colour, lighter weight interior centre console
  • Leather, or Alcantara (no cost), lighter sports seat trim option
  • Colour-coded stitching on seats and door cards
  • Colour-coded seat hoops
  • Matt black forged alloy wheels
  • Matt black distinguishing exterior trim
  • Four paint colours - Classic Blue, Green, Yellow and Silver
  • Auxiliary driving lights
  • Elise 20th Anniversary decals externally and on dashboard stereo blanking-plate

Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary options:

  • Hardtop - £1,200
  • Air Conditioning - £1,250
  • CD/Radio and USB Connection and NVH Pack - £1,200

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