Lotus Tricks Out Its Elise 250 For Pure Luxury - Maxim

Lotus Tricks Out Its Elise 250 For Pure Luxury

Lotus will only outfit 50 of these classics in leather.
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The Lotus Elise is one of the most responsive sports cars you'll find, so when Lotus wanted to do something a little different, their solution was to go for a more luxurious appearance.

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Photo: Lotus Cars

The Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition is the result, and Lotus says it will build only 50. The latest iteration of the beloved Elise wears a hand-finished carbon fiber rear wing, front splitter, engine cover and front storage cover. A carbon fiber hardtop roof panel is optional.

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The Special Edition enjoys ultra-lightweight forged aluminum wheels in either silver or black finishes.

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Photo: Lotus Cars

Paint colors include this metallic blue, plus red, yellow and white as the only choices.

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Photo: Lotus Cars

Inside, the carbon fiber seats are wrapped in hand-stitched leather in either dark blue or dark gray, with contrasting stitching.

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Photo: Lotus Cars

Mechanically, the Special Edition is unchanged from other Elise 250s, so it carries over the 243 horsepower supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission.

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Photo: Lotus Cars

U.S. availability hasn't been announced yet, but the car's price in the UK equals $63,200. We think that sounds like a good excuse to fly to Britain to make the purchase with the Brexit-induced dollar-friendly exchange.