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2017 Lotus Elise launched with new lightweight Sprint edition

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British automaker Lotus is well known for its featherweights cars, but the new Lotus Elise Sprint takes weight reduction to a whole new level.

2017 Lotus Elise Sprint weighs just 798kg and this low weight can be attributed to use of carbon fiber. Further, the standard-fit Lithium-Ion battery saves 9kg, the carbon race seats saves 6kg and forged alloys saves 5kg. Overall the Sprint model is 41kg lighter than its predecessor Elise Sport.

The new Sprint model is available with naturally aspirated 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine generating 134bhp power at 118lb ft. of torque and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds. The Sprint is also available with a supercharged 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine generating 217bhp power at 184lb ft. of torque and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds.

1.8-litre cars get a new exhaust which according to Lotus make the car “the best sounding four-cylinder car on the market”. For lighter weight the spring rates of suspension is marginally increased.

The 2017 Elise Sprint features a new exterior look thanks to updated front and rear bumpers, new taillights, matt black trim, special wheels and stripes. The company says that this updates reduce aerodynamic drag and stability of the car. The interior is also updated by body-colour inserts, optional Alcantara and contrasting stitching, as well as an open gate gear lever.

The Sprint will be placed between the base sport and Cup 250 in Elise line-up with price starting at £37,300 for 1.6-litre model and £44,300 for 1.8-litre Sprint 220 with deliveries expected to start in April. Deliveries for new Cup 250 which is 23kg lighter will begin in May with price of £47,400.