Lotus has updated the Elise Cup 250 for 2017

When it was first launched early last year, Lotus described the Cup 250 as the fastest road-legal Elise ever. That remains the case for the latest version.

A mild facelift is evidenced by the revised front bumper and rear light clusters. More importantly, altered clam panels have helped to reduce the car's kerb weight from 931 kg (2,052 lbs) to just 917 kg (2,022 lbs).

Lotus Elise Cup 250 (2017) Front Side

If that's not light enough, then a further 24 kg (52 lbs) can be shed by specifying numerous cost options. As well as a titanium exhaust system, these include the Carbon Aero Pack (which comprises a front splitter, rear wing and side skirts) and a carbon fibre hard top.

Power still comes from a supercharged 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 243 bhp (181 kW / 246 PS) via a six-speed manual gearbox. Despite the diet, the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) and top speed benchmarks are unchanged at 4.3 seconds and 154 mph (248 km/h) respectively.

Lotus dealers are already accepting orders for the 2017 Elise Cup 250.

Lotus Elise Cup 250 (2017) InteriorLotus Elise Cup 250 (2017) Rear Side

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