Lotus is marking two decades of the Elise with a special 20th Anniversary Edition. First introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1995, the Elise is known for its lightweight and performance.
The 20th anniversary edition builds on that tradition with a weight reduction of 22 pounds. Somewhat oddly Lotus is also promoting this special edition as a fuel sipper. It has performance with a conscience.
According to the company, the 2,010 lb. coupe, which replaces the Elise S Club Racer, gets 27.3 mpg around town and up to 47.6 mpg on the highway from its 1.8-liter supercharged engine. It reaches 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 145 mph.
Weight savings come via lightweight matte black forged wheels, a lightweight center console in matching body color and lightweight sports seats in leather or Alcantara with color coded stitching. Speaking of color matching, the Elise anniversary edition comes in four traditional Lotus colors: blue, green, yellow and silver. The rear diffuser, wing mirrors, roll hoop cover and rear transom are in matte black.
The Lotus Elise Anniversary Edition is going to set you back about $59,000 depending on what currency markets are doing today. Extras including a hardtop roof, air conditioning and radio add another $5,300 to the MSRP.
Don’t worry. Lotus says it’s a “driving investment for the future.” And when has a car company ever lied to you?