SHAVED ELISE THE FASTEST LOTUS YET

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AARON TURPEN

STAND­ING about waist high to most adults and be­ing not much longer than a tan­dem bi­cy­cle, the Lotus Elise is al­ready a small sports car.

Imag­ine if that be­came even lighter and more pow­er­ful, ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 60 miles per hour in 3,9 sec­onds and 0- 100 km/ h in 4,3 sec­onds.

That, when you boil it down to brass tacks, is what the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is — a lighter, faster, more pow­er­ful ver­sion of the reg­u­lar Elise model as the high per­for­mance ver­sion of what is al­ready a high per­for­mance car.

As a re­place­ment for the Cup 220, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 will have a lim­ited run of only 200 units per year.

Per­for­mance im­prove­ments come from 21 kg shaved off and 19 kW added, with slightly wider 195/ 50 R16 up front.

In Eng­land, pric­ing for the Elise Cup 250 be­gins at £ 46 500, ( about R1 031 760).

PHOTO: LOTUS

With 261 horses to pull each ton, the Elise Cup 250 does ze­roo to 100 km/ h in 4,3 sec­onds.

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