The Latest Lotus Elise Weighs 1759 lbs., Dry

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Contributing another 10kg though are tweaks being rolled out across the Elise range, with a new design front and rear (note the two light clusters at the back now, rather than four) saving 9kg. The result is a saving of 41kg, giving the Elise Sprint a dry weight of 798kg ─ almost half that of a Ford Focus RS. The Sprint also uses a lighter battery and lighter alloy wheels than a regular Elise.

The Lotus Elise has received minor updates for 2017, including the addition of an all-new, ultra lightweight Elise Sprint model variant.

All that effort gives the Lotus Elise Sprint a 0-62mph time as little as 4.1 seconds.

The Lotus Elise Sprint is obviously based on the latest Elise, but it has undergone the biggest weight reduction since the first-generation vehicle.

Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, famously said "adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere", and Lotus continues to adhere to this maxim. Customers after more speed on the straights can upgrade to the Sprint 220, which features a 217bhp turbocharged 1.8-litre engine. The Elise also gets a revised centre console and new graphics on the instrument panel. Climbing into the Lotus Elise Sprint should be easier as the door aperture has been increased by up to 10mm.

Reducing the weight does more than just help with performance, it helps it care for polar bears more effectively. The vehicle is 23kg lighter than its predecessor, but with all lightweight options included that number increases to 40kg.

All of the Sprint's lightweight carbon components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and Sport 220.

Prices for the Elise Sprint are £37,300 and £44,300 for the Sprint 220.

Orders for the new Elise range are now open.