Lotus to Release Elise and Exige Final Editions for the US

{img1 }Lotus plans to clear its inventory in order to make room for the upcoming models. As a starting point the manufacturer is shutting down production of the Elise and Exige models for the American market. Lotus revealed that some rare limited editions are expected to be released as they will be the last of the American lightweight supermodels.

The manufacturing process for the Elise and Exige will end this month, given the fact that the manufacturer has difficulties in sourcing Toyota’s 1.8-liter 2ZZ engine. The last cars manufactured will be “instantly collectible,” as Lotus cites, and will feature supercharged engines and an impressive array of standard features. The Elise SC Final Edition features a surcharged 218-hp engine and matte black paint on the hardtop and mirrors.

The limited edition Elise will be packed with unprecedented standard features like air conditioning, MP3-Radio, central locking, tracking control and iPod connectivity as part of the Touring Pack. The car will have a price tag of $57,500 and will be available in four color schemes. The Exige model will be offered in two variants, the Exige Matte Black Final Edition and the Exige S260 Final Eition.

Worth mentioning the fact that both cars will get the same 257hp supercharged engine with a limited-slip differential and Sport/Touring packs standard. So if you have your mind set one of these beauties you should know that the Elise SC will only see 15 examples built, while the Exige Matte Black Final Edition and the Exige 260 will be built up to 25 and 30, respectively.


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