With its Sprint variants, Lotus has managed to make the already lightweight Elise even lighter. This has played a big part in producing a super-quick vehicle that is also extremely enjoyable to drive – and always guaranteed to turn heads.
The beautiful Sprint 220 has been constructed using generous amounts of gloss-finish carbon fibre, most noticeably on the vehicle’s engine lid, bonnet panel and roll-hoop cover. The British marque has given very careful consideration – and employed ingenious ways – to keeping the vehicle’s weight as low as possible. They’ve clearly succeeded because the Sprint 220 has a dry weight of just 798kg. The car rides on 17-inch (rear) and 16-inch (front) forged alloy wheels, each encased in Lotus-calibrated Yokohama ADVAN Neova tyres that offer superb grip.
As with its exterior, the Sprint 220’s cabin sees a judicious use of smoothly finished carbon fibre, which also adorns its door sills. Both driver and co-passenger are treated to carbon-shell sports seats, which provide plenty of comfort and support on each journey. The vehicle delivers an admirable ride quality too, on a wide range of road surfaces. The car’s steering wheel and handbrake handle are clad in black leather, while another sporty touch includes a gleaming aluminium gear knob. To get an excursion under way, all that is needed is a single press of the car’s starter button.
A 1.8-litre 217bhp petrol engine powers this Elise iteration. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, this four-cylinder unit produces 250Nm of torque, 0-60mph in a little more than four seconds and a maximum speed of 145mph. Despite its potency, the Sprint 220 still manages to deliver up to 37.7mpg.
The vehicle is fitted with twin-piston front callipers, produced by AP Racing, and single-piston rear callipers, manufactured by Brembo. AP Racing and Brembo are each racing specialists, and these particular components help to bring the car to a halt in double-quick time. The Sprint 220 also features Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management, which delivers enhanced stability if peak levels of grip are surpassed. Furthermore, a roll-hoop is in place to protect occupants in the event of an accident or roll-over.
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