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Lotus Building Final Edition Elise And Exige Models

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On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 5:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Building Final Edition Elise And Exige Models

Toyota has already stopped producing the 2ZZ-GE engine that Lotus uses to power the Exige and Elise. Though Lotus has a stockpile of the engines, supplies are winding down fast, meaning the end of the current-generation Elise and Exige are drawing near. Before all those 2ZZ-GEs run out this July, Lotus will offer three limited production, 'Final Edition' versions for the North American market.

The Exige Final Edition 260 will get a boost in output from 240 hp to 260 hp thanks to supercharging and intercooling of Toyota's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The model will get some extra equipment standard, including leather-trimmed sport seats courtesy of the Touring Package, and double-adjustable Ohlins dampers as part of the Track Package. Other upgrades include Torsen limited-slip differential and black, Y-type, five-spoke wheels. 30 models will be built, with pricing starting at $67,500.

The Exige Final Edition 260 Matte Black will get the same engine and equipment as the aforementioned 260, but will wrap it all in a matte-black paint job. Each one of the 25 matte black models will get a numbered plaque. Price is boosted to $69,900.

In terms of Elise, Lotus will build 15 Elise SC Final Edition models. That special edition will get a 220-hp version of the 1.8-liter four. It will include Alcantara-trimmed sport seats, Bilstein sport pack dampers with Eibach springs, Torsten limited-slip differential, black rear diffuser and numbered plaque. Matte black paint will adorn the hard-top, roll bar cover, transom panel and door mirrors, while the exterior will offer four colors: Ardent Red, Aspen White, Chrome Orange, and Carbon Grey. That model will base for $57,500.

All three of the Final Edition Lotuses will hit the market this summer.

For those that miss out, don't feel bad: Lotus is in the midst of a product renaissance with half a dozen models scheduled for the next several years, including an Esprit revival. The new Exige and Evora should get the ball rolling later this year.


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