Lim­ited-run evo Elise

Just 15 ex­am­ples of Elise Sport 220 evo Edi­tion will be built, mark­ing Lo­tus’s ecoty vic­tory

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LO­TUS IS MARK­ING ITS VIC­TORY in the sports car cat­e­gory of last year’s evo Car of the Year com­pe­ti­tion with a lim­ited-run Elise Sport 220 evo Edi­tion.

Based on the Sport 220 that won said award, it has a kerb weight of just 904kg and is pow­ered by a 1.8-litre, 217bhp su­per­charged en­gine. Lim­ited to just 15 ex­am­ples, the evo Edi­tion is avail­able in two colours – metal­lic or­ange (in homage to the Se­ries 1 Elise that ap­peared on the dummy ‘is­sue 000’ of evo 20 years ago) and metal­lic black.

The Sport 220 won our hearts for its real-word per­for­mance and its mod­est di­men­sions. As Colin Good­win con­cluded: ‘The Lo­tus Elise Sport 220 shows not only how it used to be done, but how it should still be done.’

What marks out the £42,000 evo Edi­tion from a stan­dard Sport 220? Wisely the me­chan­i­cal make-up is un­touched; in­stead Lo­tus has in­cluded a num­ber of be­spoke fit-and-fin­ish com­po­nents while al­low­ing you to cher­ryp­ick a few op­tional lux­u­ries (in Lo­tus terms) such as a ti­ta­nium ex­haust.

The stan­dard kit in­cludes light­weight forged wheels, car­bon­fi­bre sill cov­ers, in­te­rior and ex­te­rior colours packs, con­trast­ing stitch­ing and seat­belts and ex­clu­sive evo lo­gos for the seats and body­work. Add these op­tions to a reg­u­lar £39,900 Sport 220 and you’d need to find an ad­di­tional £5000.

If it was us or­der­ing an evo Edi­tion, we’d be nos­tal­gic and go for or­ange.

Above: be­spoke com­po­nents fea­ture on the lim­ited-run Elise Sport 220 evo Edi­tion

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