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Yes, There’s Now Another Special-Edition Lotus Elise

Another day, another special-edition version of the Lotus Elise. But this one has a wing! And it’s designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their current factory, which means they will produce only 50 examples. Despite this, it will be called the Elise 250 Special Edition. See the 2016 Lotus Elise models for sale near you

The reason for the name is that the Elise 250 Special Edition is based on the Elise 250 Cup, which is itself so named because (I believe) it has roughly 250 horsepower. I say “roughly” because it actually has 243 horsepower (or 246 PS), but I believe Lotus named it this using a philosophy that the engineering department has followed for many years: “Close enough.”

The Elise 250 Special Edition features a wing, a carbon-fiber front splitter and ultra-light wheels, along with typical Elise components such as a slick manual transmission, driver-selectable Sport and Race settings and — in the words of Lotus — a “pure and precise driving experience.” Aiding this driving experience is a curb weight of just 899 kilograms, or roughly 1,980 pounds.

Unfortunately, the Elise 250 Special Edition, like all Elise models, won’t make its way to the United States — largely due to the fact that Lotus’ waiver for smart airbags expired, but also because Toyota stopped building the engine that used to power U.S. Elises. But never fear! If you live in the U.S. and want a special-edition Elise, you can always get the California Edition. Or the Elise SC. Or the 35th Anniversary Commemorative Edition Type 72D. Or the 60th Anniversary Edition. Or the Purist Edition. Or the Club Racer. Or … Find a 2016 Lotus Elise for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. Roughly 1890 Pounds

    “Roughly” LOL that’s close enough…
    Watch out for that engineering of “Close Enough” its contagious 
  2. I still want an Elise even though I’m pretty sure I’d get stuck in it. I really just don’t bend in the ways necessary to exit that car.

    • While looking at a 3 earlier this year, I decided to see what it felt like behind the wheel of a Miata while the salesman was “talking to the manager”.  There was a moment where I didn’t think either of us (me and the Miata) would survive unscathed.  I now know, definitively, that the answer for me will never be Miata.

  3. Doug, this line is beautiful, one of the best you’ve written in your new position: “using a philosophy that the engineering department has followed for many years: “Close enough.””

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