Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Elise Sprinter Gets Slimmer

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Elise Sprinter Gets Slimmer

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LOTUS has put its new Sprint model on a strict diet - and it's shed 41kg compared to the old model.

The iconic sports car has received a minor facelift for 2017, with the British manufacturer adding an even-more-lightweight model to the range, dubbed Sprint.

In this trim, carbon fibre is used for the bucket seats, access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover to save more than 10kg combined. Lightweight alloy wheels and a new lithium-ion battery help drop the weight further.

Overall, it's 41kg lighter than the car it replaces and means the Elise Sprint models weigh in at just 798kg. Standard Sport models are 26kg lighter than the previous Elise.

There are two engine options available for both the Sprint and standard Sport models. The 1.6-litre makes 132bhp, while the supercharged 1.8-litre unit produces 214bhp and is fitted to cars with the 220 moniker. …

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