The Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary special edition has been revealed, celebrating two decades since the British sports car made its debut at the 1995 Frankfurt motor show.

Lotus Elise S 20th Anniversary Special Edition

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.

1996 Lotus Elise

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.