Responding to a demand for more power and torque, Lotus took its super-lightweight Elise Sport, added 200cc to the engine, along with an Eaton supercharger to turn ‘bristling’ into ‘blistering’ performance. Of course, a vibrant performance envelope is helped immeasurably by the weight conscious nature of the Elise. The Elise Sport 220 is the result. Despite a dramatic power increase, the overall kerbweight of the Elise Sport 220 increases by only 105lbs (48kgs) over the stock Elise Sport. As a result, its power to weight ratio is a significant 237bhp/tonne (241PS/1,000kg). The result is soul-stirring performance to keep you ahead of the crowd. Driving purity in reality.
A modest increase in engine capacity to 1.8-litres, its induction supplemented by an Eaton supercharger, means that the power takes an upwards hike to an outstanding 217bhp (220PS). Select the first of the Elise Sport 220, six, close-ratio gears and the forwards delivery is guaranteed to startle. Its 237bhp/tonne (241PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 145mph (234kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 37.7mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO2 emissions are only 173g/km. Lotus proves that sportscar ownership can remain affordable.
Underpinning every Elise Sport 220 is the most efficient, strongest and low weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub. Based on more than 60 years of racing car developments, its torsional rigidity remains outstanding, even with a substantial power increase. It allows the suspension to work most efficiently, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is unquestionably excellent. An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any over-exuberance (for which you ought to be forgiven).
However inelegant some safety features can be, Lotus incorporates them within its cars as elements of the design package. The lightweight chassis is protected by safety zones at the front, rear and on both sides. LED supplementary lighting makes your Elise Sport 220 easier to see both day and night. Its advanced braking system works with the driver to avoid unfortunate incidents. Twin airbags are part of the safety equipment.
* Performance results may vary depending upon the specification of the particular vehicle, environmental conditions, driving style and other factors. MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results. Published MPG figures and performance results are intended for comparisons between vehicles only. Verification of performance results should not be attempted on public roads . Lotus recommends that all local speed and safety laws must be obeyed and safety belts worn at all times. For USA and Canada; Elise, Exige and 3-Eleven models are for track use-only (not road-legal). Errors and omissions excepted.
Sport wheel, satin black or silver, forged 14-spoke (16' front and 17" rear)
* Dealer fit accessory, for track use only. Use of the vehicle on track or in a competitive manner is not endorsed by Lotus. Participation in use off road, including on closed circuit tracks or for use in a competitive manner, including timed laps or runs will invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty and the vehicle will require appropriate levels of expert vehicle preparation and servicing. Lotus reserves the right to modify prices, specifications and options without prior notice. Please consult your local Lotus dealer for more information. MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and may not reflect real driving results. Published MPG figures and performance results are intended for comparisons between vehicles only. Verification of performance results should not be attempted on public roads. Lotus recommends that all local speed and safety laws must be obeyed and safety belts worn at all times. Errors and omissions excepted.