ICONIC British sports vehicle maker Lotus is launching a newcomer to its Elise line-up in April which will be one of the lightest in the range. That brings the Sprint's total dry weight (calculated without petrol, oil and other fluids) down to just 798kg; to put that figure into perspective, a Ford Focus weighs roughly 1,300kg.
The Lotus Elise has received minor updates for 2017, including the addition of an all-new, ultra lightweight Elise Sprint model variant. In total, these parts cut 48.5 lbs. compared to the previous Sport and Sport 220 models, which means that finally, Lotus can say that they have a vehicle under 800 kilograms.
All that effort gives the Lotus Elise Sprint a 0-62mph time as little as 4.1 seconds.
The list goes on with optional two-piece brake discs (-4kg) and optional carbon sill covers (-0.8kg), giving the new Elise Sprint a power-to-weight ratio of up to 168hp/tonne for the 134hp 1.6-litre model and 257hp/tonne for the supercharged 217hp 1.8-litre version.
Various external tweaks help the Lotus Elise Sprint stand out, including a matt black transom panel, stealthy black wheels with contrasting metal spun rims, stripes on the side of the vehicle and unique badging on the side and rear for a touch of posing potential.
Marking out a Sprint from other Elises are black paint for those forged wheels, Sprint side stripes and badges, plus colour coded inserts inside; "Electric Light Blue" is a new colour for the entire Elise range. It will be 23kg lighter than its predecessor and has access to a Carbon Aero pack for saving up to 40kg. Standard Sport models are 26kg lighter than the previous Elise.
As for the price of the Lotus Elise Sprint (available this very second), expect to pay from £37,300, which is £5,000 more than the Elise Sport.
Orders for the new Elise range are now open.