The maker of the legendary lightweight sports car and track weapon has taken the wraps off two of its latest offerings, the Elise Great Britain edition and Exige S Automatic – the former launched in tandem with the British High Commission of Malaysia.
This featherweight sports car which tips the scale at a mere 924 kg will be made in limited numbers, so exclusivity is assured in this respect. The Union Jack decals on the side intakes helps makes the Great Britain Special Edition stand out from the standard Elise model.
Powering this limited edition is a 1.8-litre four cylinder, DOHC Dual VVT-i block that’s helped along with a charge-cooled Magnuson Twin-Vortices series supercharger that gives the Elise the schnell needed to get from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 234 km/h.
Firing 217 bhp and 250 Nm of torque to the rear wheels is a job tasked to a six-speed manual transmission and a Bosch-sourced Electronic Differential Lock (EDL). The weight savings really manifests itself here with a power-to-weight ratio of 240 hp per tonne.
What if however, you want something a little bigger, much more powerful and want a place to rest your left foot? Lotus Cars Malaysia has just the right toy for you – the new Exige S Automatic, which as the name suggests, comes with a six-speed automatic cog-box and a couple of paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
Driving the gearbox is a Toyota sourced 3.5-litre DOHC V6 with a Harrop’s Twin Vortices, roots-type supercharger to deliver a bang to the tune of 345 hp at 7,000 rpm and 400 Nm at 4,500 rpm. Those numbers mean that the Exige S is able to complete the century sprint in 3.9 seconds and tops out at 261 km/h (for the coupe and 233 km/h for the roadster). It comes equipped with a Lotus developed electronic throttle control system.
The Elise GREAT Britain is available in silver, yellow and white metallic colours while the Exige S is possible in a range of metallic and premium licks of paint. The Elise Great Britain and Exige S will set your cheque books back from RM254,888 and RM427,777 respectively.
Potential buyers should head down to Lotus Cars Malaysia located along Jalan Damansara to book a test drive and get a feel of these low-slung pocket rockets.