The Elise Cup 250: Yes, Another Elise Upgrade


The Series II Elise was released sixteen years ago, but Lotus still keeps pushing new models and upgrades. We can’t really blame them, as they have been in financial trouble for quite a while now. Lack of new, groundbreaking models aside, the Elise has always been a fun, nimble sports car with an appetite to attack the track. The latest update is the Elise Cup 250 which claims to be the fastest Elise yet.


Faster, lighter, better is the theme here as with all the other variants since 2000. What makes this particular model so special? Well as many before it, for the time being it is the fastest Elise with a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. This jolt is brought to us by the familiar supercharged 1.8 liter Toyota engine which has been slightly boosted by 26 horsepower over the 220 cup to 243. This Elise has also gone on a major diet by losing 46 pounds, which is a major feat considering it now weighs 2052 pounds.


The weight savings of the Elise Cup 250 contributes greatly to the looks as well. The seats are now full carbon fiber and wrapped completely in either black or red Alcantara; though there is an optional leather pack for those wanting less sport and more class. With the optional carbon aero package the car loses another 22 pounds by replacing the wing, diffuser, splitter and side skirts with carbon components. However, for the first time in an Elise, an optional hardtop is available too which may cause some confusion with the more powerful exige.

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I won’t lie, this is a great looking car and the last time I experienced a lotus with a supercharged Toyota 4-cylinder I had a blast. Lotus continues to build great sports cars that are light, nimble, and sporty. Unfortunately, like all Elises and Exiges since 2011, this won’t be available to the U.S. This is unfortunate even with its aging platform because the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is a great looking and highly capable vehicle many here in the states would surely fall in love with. Hopefully, someday in the future, the Elise and Exige will return…and maybe it’ll have a completely new chassis and design with it.

The Elise Cup 250 will be available in April with a starting price of £45,600. Images provided by Lotus. Full vehicle information available here.

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Eric Climer
About Eric Climer

I haven't always been a car fan, but if you ask my wife I never shutup about them. I'm always eager to see what is new while appreciating and admiring the classics. As with every car lover, I dream of having a garage larger than the house!