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by Tim Beissmann

The hardcore, track-focused Lotus Elise S Club Racer has just become a little less hardcore thanks to the addition of the previously optional comfort pack.

Lotus Australia general manager Glen Sealy said the decision to make the comfort pack standard in the supercharged S model is a reflection of buyer preferences, with the majority of Elise S Club Racer customers opting to add the extra equipment.

The comfort pack adds a full convertible roof, digital audio system with four speakers, central locking, the sound insulation from the standard Elise S, a lightweight aluminium passenger foot rest, front mud flaps, and the standard suspension and anti-roll bar.

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For customers still after the full track car experience, the naturally aspirated Elise Club Racer retains the comfort pack as an option, meaning it keeps the (firmer, track-focused) Club Racer suspension with an adjustable front anti-roll bar.

The regular Elise produces 100kW and 160Nm from its 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and accelerates from 0-100km/h in a claimed 6.5 seconds, while the Elise S pumps out a meatier 163kW and 250Nm from its supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine and claims to sprint to triple figures in 4.6sec.

Revised 2015 pricing means the Elise and Elise Club Racer are now both available from $74,990 plus on-road costs (up from $69,990 and $68,990 respectively), while the Elise S and Elise S Club Racer are now $84,990 (Elise S unchanged, Elise S Club Racer up $1740).




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