I know, how can a car as pure as the fabulous Lotus Elise get any purer, well, leave it to the boffins from Hethel to figure out a way, oh, and the newest version will cost you less dough.
Reports say that Lotus will soon offer a version of the Elise in the U.S. believed to be called the Elise Purist Edition. Based on the Elise Sport package, the new model will throw in some goodies from the Touring package, but will not include the leather-covered transmission tunnel, leather door panels or iPod integrations from the Touring package. It will include leather seating, CD player, air conditioning, a Momo steering wheel and a start button. Normally, an Elise buyer would typically expect to lay out around $49,000 for such a well-equipped Elise, but the Purist Edition should start at just $43,995, which is $3,255 LESS than the base model Elise currently lists for at $47,250.
The Purist Edition will come with the same 1.8L four-cylinder mill found in other, more luxurious versions of the car. Said engine is good for 189 horsepower, and thanks to the Elise’s rigorous application of Colin Chapman’s motto (“To go fast, add lightness”) the resulting sub-2,000 pound curb weight means the tiny two-seater can scoot from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds while still posting 27 mpg on the highway. The Purist model will be available in white, yellow and red.
Which is OK, but if you ask me, if you wanted to keep it real pure, they should only come in Lotus Racing Green with a yellow stripe.
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