Lotus has introduced the newest addition to its 2008 line-up, the 162kW Supercharged Elise SC.
Identifiable by its new wheels and spoiler, the Elise SC sports an all-new supercharger setup on the current 1.8-litre 2-ZZ VVTL-i engine.
Using a smaller Eaton rotor pack than that of the Exige S combined with the absence of an intercooler and associated pipework, the supercharged powerplant in the Elise SC is 8kg lighter than in the Exige S.
Weighing in at 870kg, the Elise SC is just 10kg or one percent heavier than the Elise S, but is 62 percent more powerful with 162kW and 212Nm at 5000rpm.
Performance of the Elise SC is stunning: 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, 0-160km/h in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 241km/h.
It also stops as well as it goes, with a unique combination of AP Racing calipers up front and Brembo calipers down back linked to 282mm vented and cross-drilled discs.
Despite its track-day heritage, it also features an advanced ABS system which is so unobtrusive, most drivers will not realise it’s working – unless it’s needed, and even then the system keeps a subtly low profile.
A new bespoke alloy wheel design also increases the width half an inch to 8-inches, offering superior grip from its Lotus specific Yokohama AD07 LTS 225/45 R17 tyres.
With such a small and efficient engine, despite its super car performance the Elise SC returns estimated combined fuel economy of just 8.5litres/100km.
Due to increased customer demand, two new packages are now available across the Elise range to transform the car either into a comfortable cruiser or dedicated track-day weapon.
The revised Elise Touring pack now includes:
Full leather or Microfibre suede-effect interior
Leather trimmed centre console and handbrake gaiter
Sound system iPod connection
Full carpets (Black), with embroidered ‘Elise’ logo
Auxiliary driving lights
Sound insulation paneling
Retractable aluminium cup holder
The Elise Sport pack includes:
Bilstein sports dampers
Lotus switchable traction control
Twin oil coolers
ProBax Sport seats with harness eyelets
7 twin spoke ultra lightweight forged wheels (Hi-power Silver) with standard AD07 tyres
Touring and Sport packs can also be combined.
Elise Touring Pack RRP: $8000
Elise Sport Pack RRP: $7000
The Lotus Elise SC is priced at $104,990, excluding dealer delivery and government charges.