• 2021 Lotus Exige and Elise Final Edition

Lotus is sending the Elise and Exige into the history books with limited-edition models

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The 2021 Lotus Exige and Elise Final Edition are a range of limited-edition sports cars that celebrate the discontinuation of the Exige and Elise. The company’s oldest models to date, the Elise and Exige are being retired in 2021 after 25 and 21 years on the market, respectively. The Final Edition lineup includes five models, two based on the Elise and two based on the Exige. All feature updated engines, extra standard features, and are lighter than their regular counterparts. The 2021 Lotus Exige and Elise Final Editions are basically the ultimate versions of their respective nameplates. What sets them apart and how much they cost? Let’s find out below.

2021 Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition

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One of the two Elise Final Edition models is based on the Sport 220. It looks about the same on the outside, but it comes with special 10-spoke wheels that are lighter than the standard rims. Lotus offers a range of optional carbon-fiber panels, including sill covers and engine hood, as well as a polycarbonate rear window.

Purchase these options and the lithium-ion battery and the Sport 240 Final Edition will become 24 kg (53 pounds) lighter than the Sport 220, tipping the scales at just 898 kg (1,980 pounds).

Of course, the Sport 240 packs a beefed-up engine. The supercharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinder generates 240 horsepower, 23 horses more than the Sport 220. Torque comes in at 180 pound-feet. Floor the gas pedal and the Sport 240 Final Edition will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

2021 Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition

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This one is obviously based on the Elise Cup 250, a track-ready version of the British coupe. It comes with the same aero-enhanced body elements, including a front splitter, rear wing, and side skirt extensions, but all have been further optimized.

The Final Edition model generates up to 341 pounds of downforce at 154 mph, almost 70 pounds more than the regular Cup 250.

This model also rides on new, 10-spoke wheels, this time around featuring a diamond-cut finish. Extra standard features include Bilstein dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars, and a polycarbonate rear window. Depending on what options you get, the Cup 250 Final Edition can weigh as low as 931 kg. Lotus doesn’t mention engine upgrades, so it’s safe to say that the 1.8-liter four-cylinder generates the same 243 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph takes only 3.9 seconds.

2021 Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition specifications
Engine 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 243 HP
Torque 184 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.9 seconds
Top Speed 154 mph

Both Elise Final Edition models are available in brand-new colors inspired from the past, including Azure Blue and Racing Green. The former is the color of the Elise that was first presented to the media in 1996, while the latter is a tribute to the first car unveiled to the public at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. Lotus also offers new decals, seat trim, and stitching patterns.

2021 Lotus Exige Sport 390 Final Edition

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The Exige Sport 390 is basically an Exige Sport 350 with a more powerful engine. The supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 features a recalibrated Edelbrock blower, which adds 47 horsepower for a new total of 397 horses.

That’s also more than the Sport 380 model, rated at 375 horsepower. The V-6 also cranks out 310 pound-feet of torque. New bits include 10-spoke lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin PS4 tires and a revised aero packs that enables the car to generate 253 pounds of torque at a top speed of 172 mph. The Exige Sport 390 Final Edition hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

2021 Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition

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A replacement for the outgoing Sport 410, the Sport 420 benefits from an extra 10 horses, meaning it cranks out 420 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque.

The fastest Exige model available, it hits 60 mph in only 3.3 seconds and charges toward a top speed of 180 mph. On top of the extra oomph, it comes with an impressive list of standard equipment, including adjustable Eibach anti-roll bars front and rear, adjustable Nitron dampers, and AP Racing brakes with four-piston calipers. The 10-spoke Anthracite wheels come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for extra grip.

2021 Lotus Exige Cup 430 Final Edition

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As the range-topping version of the Exige, the Cup 430 could not be absent from this list of Final Edition cars. Featuring a further upgraded 3.5-liter V-6 that cranks out 430 horsepower, the Cup 430 is not as fast as the Sport 420, topping out at 174, but it’s a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph. Specifically, it hits the benchmark in just 3.2 clicks. It also features a more radical aero package that enables it to generate up to 377 pounds of downforce.

2021 Lotus Exige Cup 430 Final Edition specifications
Engine 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 430 HP
Torque 315 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 174 mph

The Cup 430 Final Edition is fitted with motorsport-grade carbon-fiber body elements, including the splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser, side pods, and rear wing. It features the same adjustable suspension system as the Sport 420, the same brakes, and diamond-cut wheels in Michelin Pilot SPort Cup 2 tires. Extras include a high-flow titanium exhaust and a racing-derived variable traction control system linked directly to the ECU.

All three Exige Final Edition models are available in new colors that pay tribute to older models. There’s Metallic White, sourced from the first Exige V6 shown in 2011, and Metallic Orange, which was used on the first press car in 2000 and the Exige GT3 concept from the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

How much do they cost?

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The Elise Sport 240 is obviously the most affordable Final Edition model. It starts from £45,500 in the U.K. (including VAT) and from €47,479 in the Eurozone (excluding VAAT). The Elise Cup 250 comes in at £50,900 in the U.K. and €53,750 in Europe before options. Next up is the Exige Sport 390 at £64,000 / €67,151, while the Exige Sport 420 retails from £79,900 / €83,610. Finally, the Exige Cup 430 fetches £100,600 in the U.K. and €108,403 in Europe.

Lotus Elise and Exige Final Edition cars prices
UK (inc VAT) Germany (inc VAT) France (inc VAT) Italy (inc VAT) Eurozone (ex VAT) Switzerland (inc VAT)
Elise Sport 240 £45,500 € 56,500 € 56,980 € 60,290 € 47,479 CHF 61,000
Elise Cup 250 £50,900 € 64,000 € 64,500 € 67,940 € 53,750 CHF 68,500
Exige Sport 390 £64,000 € 79,910 € 80,590 € 84,290 € 67,151 CHF 85,200
Exige Sport 420 £79,900 € 99,500 € 100,400 € 104,460 € 83,610 CHF 106,000
Exige Cup 430 £100,600 € 129,000 € 130,100 € 134,660 € 108,403 CHF 136,000

None of these cars are available in the U.S., but Lotus will soon offer a Final Edition version of the Evora, which has also entered its final year of production.

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