Lotus is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Elise through a special edition which comes with an array of upgrades.

Lotus is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Elise through a special edition which comes with an array of upgrades.

It was September 1995 at the Frankfurt Motor Show where Lotus introduced the Elise and now almost two decades later the British marque is introducing a special edition which replaces the Elise S Club Racer. It weighs only 914 kg (2,015 lbs) which makes it 10 kg (22 lbs) lighter than the Elise S while power comes from the familiar 1.8-liter supercharged gasoline engine producing 217 bhp (162 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) at 4,600 rpm.

In terms of performance, the Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Edition will run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.6 seconds before topping out at 145 mph (237 km/h). The lightweight construction allows the sportscar to consume 5.9 liters / 100 km (39.8 mpg US or 47.8 mpg UK) and emit 173 g/km of CO2.

Lotus will offer the model in blue, green, yellow and silver body paints which all are combined with a matte black rear diffuser, wing mirrors, roll hoop and rear transom. It will also be visually distinguishable thanks to matte black forged alloy wheels as well as decals inside the cabin on the seats and dashboard while a hardtop is going to be optionally available for £1,200.

Priced from £39,900, the special edition Elise is already on sale and brings £5,150 worth of extra kit for which the customer will only pay an additional £2,700 compared to a standard Elise. It can be optionally configured with air conditioning for £1,250 along with cd/radio & USB connection and NVH pack for an extra £1,200.

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