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by Tim Beissmann

The new special edition Lotus Elise Club Racer is set to arrive in Australia this month offering new colour schemes, bespoke interior, high performance, low emissions and exclusivity to rival most other sports cars.

 

Lotus is bringing just 10 of the Elise S-based Club Racers to Australia.

The performance numbers remain the same: 100kW 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, 7.6 litres/100km, 179g/km CO2, 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds, 860kg.

 

Sporting a retro design featuring four classic colour schemes from the 1960s – Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky Blue and Old English White – the exterior theme is carried over to the transmission tunnel and seat shells.

The seats themselves are lightweight and clad with microfibre pads, the minimalist approach extending to the 320mm diameter leather rimmed steering wheel and aluminium foot-well flooring.

 

Other uniquely Club Racer features include anodised gearknob and handbrake sleeve, “CR” embroidery on the seat headrests and badging on the body, and lightweight six-spoke anthracite anodised alloy wheels with Yokohama AD07 LTS rubber.

Director of Lotus Cars, Luke Bennett, said the Lotus Elise Club Racer was a unique and highly exclusive combination of modern packaging and classic styling.

 

“Special editions of the award winning Elise have always proved popular with our customers around the world, and I expect the Elise Club Racer to be no different.

“We have taken colour schemes from our past, used on the Elite and Elan in the 1960s, and cleverly brought them up to date with a modern feel to the interior.

“The whole design package is contemporary with a classic feel, which of course matches the peerless ride and handling of a Lotus and the convertible experience of the Elise perfectly.”

 

Recommended retail pricing of the Lotus Elise Club Racer is $72,990 plus dealer delivery, statutory government and on-road charges.




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