Based on the Lotus Elise S Club Racer, the 20th Anniversary special edition is powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder engine developing 162kW and 250Nm.
Weighing 914kg, the special edition claims a 4.6-second 0-100km/h time and a 237km/h top speed.
Specifications include lightweight matte black forged wheels, lightweight sports seats (upholstered in either leather or Alcantara), a lightweight centre console and matt black wing mirrors, roll hoop cover, rear diffuser and tail-light panel. A sport mode is also part of the package.
The Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary is available in four classic Elise colours – Yellow, Blue, Green and Silver – with model-specific decals on the dashboard, seats and exterior completing the special edition look.
Ateco Automotive – the local distributor for Lotus cars – told CarAdvice that the new model is primarily a special edition limited to the UK and selected European markets. However, the 20th Anniversary Elise is “essentially” identical to the $84,990 Elise S Club Racer currently sold here and as such “there are no immediate plans for the Australian market” for the anniversary model.
Lotus says the Elise – which first launched with the kerb weight of 725kg – is its most successful model in terms of numbers produced, with almost 32,000 built and sold globally.