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Lotus Ends Elise and Exige With 2021 Final Edition Models

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After more than 21 years, Lotus is bringing production of the Elise and Exige to a close but will produce one last “Final Edition” for the models in 2021. 

Lotus has called it a day on the Elise and Exige models after more than 21 years; however, to celebrate one last time, the auto company is releasing five new “Final Edition” cars.

As the pinnacle of the Elise and Exige models, the 5 Final Editions will have more power, a greater amount of features as standard, and will be the ultimate lightweight versions of the vehicles.

The new variants include the new Elise Sport 240, Elise Cup 250, Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420, and the Exige Cup 430.

The Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition

The Elise Sport 240 Final Edition replaces the Sport 220 with an added 23bhp and can reach 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds. Additional upgrades include new Anthracite forged alloy wheels and lightweight carbon fiber panels.

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition. Credit: Lotus Cars
Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition has an increased 66kg of downforce at 100mph and 155kg of downforce at its maximum speed of 154mph. It has also received new 10-spoke Diamond Cut ultra-lightweight M Sport forged wheels and lightweight carbon fiber options.

Lotus Exige Sport 390 Final Edition

Powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, the new Lotus Exige Sport 390 replaces the outgoing Exige Sport 350 with an increase of 47bhp and an acceleration speed of 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds.

Lotus Exige Sport 390 Final Edition. Credit: Lotus Cars
Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition

The fastest Exige available, the new Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition gains an extra 10bhp and replaces the outgoing Sport 410 with a 0-60mph speed of 3.3 seconds. Upgrades include 10-spoke Anthracite lightweight forged alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition. Credit: Lotus Cars
Lotus Exige Cup 430 Final Edition

With a focus on motorsport performance, the Lotus Exige Cup 430 remains the top-of-the-line Exige and generates as much downforce at 100mph as the Exige Sport 390 does at 170mph. The Exige Cup 430 Final Edition has a 0-60mph speed of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. 

A new range of colors will also be available for the Elise Sport 240 and the Elise Cup 250, including Azure Blue, Black, and Racing Green. Meanwhile, the Exige Final Editions will be offered in colors from some of their most significant models over the years, including Metallic White from the unveiling of the V6 Exige at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 and Metallic Orange from the Exige GT3 concept at Geneva Motor Show in 2007.

When production of the Lotus Elise, Exige, and Evora wrap up at the end of 2021, the final combined production total will be approx. 55,000 cars, accounting for over half of Lotus’ total road cars since 1948.

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