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Kez Casey | Nov, 17 2015 | 2 Comments

British sportscar manufacturer, Lotus, has dusted off its old ‘Sport’ nametag, and applied it to the Elise roadster as part of an update for 2016.

The Elise Sport steps in for the previous Elise 1.6, while the Elise Sport 220 takes over from the Elise S.

In the process both models have shed 10kg, with the Sport tipping the scales at just 866kg and the Sport 220 at 914kg.

The Elise Sport produces 100kW and 160Nm ffrom its 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, while the more morerful Elise Sport 220 provides 162kW and 250Nm and offers a 4.6 second sprint.

A Sport driving mode is also included which sharpens throttle response, alters stability control thresholds, and removes understeer recognition, for a more engaging driving experience. Handling is supported by Bilstein sports dampers.

Inside, the updated Elise range remains relatively minimalist, as before, featuring a set of Alcantara-trimmed lightweight sports seats which can be optionally trimmed in classic tartan, harking back to the Esprit S1 of 1976.

The colour pallette also takes a walk down memory lane, with solid red, solid yellow and metallic green joining more modern metallic blue, metallic white, metallicgrey, metallic orange, metallic black and signature grey.

The updated Elise rolls on 16-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels, in silver or black, with a forged option, that lowers unsprung weight by a further 5kg, also available.

Full pricing and specifications for Australia will be announced closer to the car’s mid 2016 on-sale date.

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