The Elise 220 Cup is a prime example of taking a more track focused model, in this case, the Elise Cup R, and toning it back enough to make it suitable for road use. A rigid, lightweight chassis construction prevents the Elise 200 Cup from being weighed down by its many features. Precise balancing of the car's overall weight drastically enhances the performance level. This includes the mid-car positioning of the engine. The Lotus generates a stunning 237bhp per tonne – and it weighs in at only 914kg in total. Despite boasting the same power as the Elise S, the overall kerbweight of the Elise 220 Cup increases by only 42lbs (19kgs) over the R version. As a result, its power to weight ratio is an enchanting 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1,000kg).
The engine at the heart of the Elise 220 Cup is a 217bhp, supercharged 1.8-litre powerhouse. It soars from 0-60mph in little more than four seconds. Pick and choose from the tailored driving modes, which instantly adjust the configuration.Select the first of the Elise 220 Cup six, close-ratio gears and the forwards motion is simply wonderful. Yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 37.5mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO2 emissions are only 175g/km.
An increase in torque over the Elise Sport is instantly noticeable, pushing the peak level to 250Nm. The torsional rigidity of the body should also give you confidence, particularly at motorway speeds when the car's potential is more evident. Should the drive get particularly intense, the electronic differential lock activates to maintain stability and grip.
Lotus enthusiasts will find the dynamics of the 220 Cup similar to the performance-focused R version of the Elise. Painstaking work has gone into the aero-optimised body shape – one as elegant and stylish as it is streamlined. The prominent rear spoiler and open back window shape direct air to minimise wind resistance.
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