Lotus will be flying the flag at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March with four cars on its stand, three of which will be new or revised. The 3-Eleven is sure to be there, plus an Exige or Evora, and it would be exciting to think a concept of the 2019-due Lotus SUV might put in an appearance… but it’s a little too early for that.
One thing we do know for sure: the Elise on display will be the car shown here which is the new Cup 250. It’s the fastest Elise ever made, says Lotus, with 0-62mph 4.3 seconds and a top whack of 154mph.
The Elise Cup 250 is about both more power (an extra 26bhp from a recalibrated version of the supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, for a total of 243bhp), and it is about less weight – that’s trimmed by 21kg to take the roadster down to a lithe 931kg. The diet includes a lithium ion battery, carbon-fibre seats and forged alloy wheels, while a further 10kg can be shaved with an optional carbon aero pack.
With other changes that include wider front tyres, a Sport mode with lower slip threshold, and tweaked aero for more downforce, the Cup 250 is said to be 4 seconds quicker around the Hethel test track than the previous quickest Elise, the Cup 220, with which it shares its suspension and brakes.
Available as a roadster only with optional hardtop, the Cup 250 comes with a cabin trimmed in either red or black Alcantara, while a full leather interior is available as an option. Other options include in-car entertainment system, carpets and enhanced sound insulation.
The Cup 250 costs from £45,600 and will be limited to 200 cars a year.