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.
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).