The new distributor of Lotus cars in Australia, Ateco Automotive, has completely restructured the local line-up, with savings of up to $46,000 on the entry-level Evora.
The entry-level Lotus Elise is now available from $67,990 and includes the previously optional Sports Pack as standard. The $2000 price reduction in addition to the $6000 Sports Pack means the base model Elise is now $8000 better value than before.
The top-spec Elise SC has a new price of $77,990 – down from $94,990 – and with the standard Sports Pack included, the revised model represents $23,000 in added value.
The Exige S, now priced from $79,990 with the standard Sports Pack, is $31,000 better value than before. It is the only model available in the simplified Exige line-up.
The Sports Pack includes twin oil coolers, Bilstein Sports dampers, Y-spoke forged alloy wheels in Hi-Power silver and ProBax sport seats. The base Elise also gets ESC, while the Elise SC and Exige S score the Lotus Traction Control system.
The Lotus Evora range has also enjoys price and specification revisions that make it considerably better value.
The Evora now comes standard with accent lighting, premium deep pile carpet, full leather upholstery, heated seats, high-grade audio system with seven-inch touchscreen display, satellite navigation, subwoofer and high quality speakers, cruise control, parking sensors and remote tyre sensors. Previously, this collection of options added more than $18,000 to the Evora’s price.
The Evora range opens with the $119,990 Evora 2+2, increases to $124,990 for the Evora IPS and tops out at $139,990 – incredibly some $10,000 cheaper than the previous entry-level price.
Lotus Australia general manager, Glen Sealey, said the changes to the range were just the start of a new era for Lotus in Australia.
“These changes reflect the strength of the dollar, our plans to grow Lotus in Australia and requirement to ensure Australian Lotus dealers have a strong and viable business that will enable them to prepare their businesses for the arrival of the next generation of Lotus products,” Mr Sealey said.
“These changes, although substantial for the Elise, Exige and Evora models, must not been seen as the only plans for these models prior to the arrival of the next generation of Lotus models.
“They are just the start. Coming months will see exciting new variants, which will grow and develop the Lotus reputation for performance, exquisite road manners and a solid value equation.”
The Lotus Elise is available with two Toyota-sourced four-cylinder engines. The entry-level Elise is fitted with a 1.6-litre engine with 100kW of power and 160Nm of torque. Accelerating from 0-100km/h takes 6.5 seconds, while its top speed is 204km/h.
The Lotus Elise SC scores a supercharged 1.8-litre engine with 163kW of power and 210Nm of torque. This engine slashes 1.9 seconds of the Elise’s sprint time (down to 4.6 seconds) and adds 29km/h to the top speed (233km/h).
The Lotus Exige S uses the same engine to achieve a sprint time of 4.7 seconds and an even quicker top speed of 238km/h.
The Lotus Evora 2+2 and Evora IPS share a 3.5-litre V6 that produces 206kW of power and 350Nm of torque. With the six-speed manual transmission, the 2+2 launches from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds and will hit a top speed of 261km/h.
The six-speed automatic model – the Evora IPS – is a touch slower at 5.5 seconds and 250km/h respectively.
The top-spec Evora S uses the same 3.5-litre engine but comes fitted with a Harrop supercharger, which helps extract an additional 51.5kW and 50Nm for a total of 257.5kW and 400Nm. The sprint from 0-100km/h is completed in 4.8 seconds, while the Evora S has the highest top speed of any Lotus vehicle at 277km/h.
2011 Lotus Australia manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):