Receiving the most corporate motivation since founder Colin Chapman’s heroic time helming the Lotus brand, the British sports car company has laid down their product line-up groundwork last year at Geneva. Showing off a brand new esprit, a four-door performance car and a firm commitment to KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), Lotus Cars revelation includes five new production vehicles within the next five model years. Building for a new future, Lotus Cars is required to gracefully dismiss their current product line-up.
Lotus Cars appreciated some of its greatest commercial success with the Esprit supercar. Eventually powered by a Twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, the Lotus Esprit would leave a void that another British sports car needed to fill. Constructed on the principles Colin Chapman constructed his Lotus Seven, the sports car maker concentrated with production of a lightweight track performer. While the Esprit was in production, Lotus introduced the European market to the mid-engined Elise. A hardtop version of the Lotus Elise, called the Exige, was added in 2000.
Selling on the roads in Europe, the Lotus Elise and Exige first arrived in United States for only club racing. It wasn’t until the second generation redesign and the 2005 model year that the small Elise sports car was approved for American roads. Though the Elise and Exige might not be regarded the Lotus’ most attractive offerings as horsepower often measures desirability, the supercharged Toyota engine added into the second generation vehicles made them stout sports cars. Despite the longish entrance into the United States and Canadian markets, Lotus cars assure the countries will be part of the exit plan with the Final Edition models. Along with the changing look of Lotus, the Elise and Exige production for North America has been ended due to the discontinuation of their Toyota engine supply.
Arriving from Lotus’ Norfolk, England production facility for the last time in August 2011, only a total 70 examples of the Final Edition Lotus Elise and Exige imported to North America. Of the 70 vehicles, 30 will come in the form of Lotus Exige S260 hardtops and 25 will be Exige coupes finished with a special matte black exterior. The 2011 Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition is available exclusively to the North American market coupled with black alcantara sport seats and the 257 horsepower supercharged/intercooled 1.8 liter engine. The rarest Final Edition version is the Elise SC where just 15 cars available to the United States and Canada.
All three Lotus Final Edition models can be equipped with options reinforcing the performance creditability and prestige for the last vehicle issue. The Lotus Exige Final Edition models includes the Sport Pack that features Lotus Traction Control System for better all-around handling. The Exige’s Touring Pack presents a pompous sense of luxury to the small sports car with touches such as leather inserts throughout the interior. To unleash the top performance potential from the Toyota four-cylinder engine, the Track Pack which offers an adjustable Track suspension. The Final Edition of the Lotus Elise can also be ordered with the Touring Pack option as well as an available matte black removable hardtop.
A last moment for North American buyers to experience the lightweight sports car, the Elise and Exige Final Edition models provides one last moment to explore simple, successful performance. Capable of acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as little as 4 seconds, the Lotus platform accomplishes the fast rush with a most unusual property. Exploiting the efficiency of their vehicle design, the small Toyota engine can scream well past 20 miles before burning a gallon of gasoline.
Prior to the 25 Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition models sale at a $69,900, the rare sports car will make a first appearance during the events of the upcoming 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As for the prices of the other two Final Edition Lotus vehicles, the Elise SC model will go on sale for $57,500 while the last built Lotus Exige S260 coupes will be snatched for $67,500.
Information and photo source: Group Lotus