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