Australia was the sixth largest market for Lotus in 2019 and to celebrate this (don’t ask why not the no. 1 market?), the British sports car maker has introduced “a highly exclusive limited edition” Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition.
If we read it correctly, this version of Elise 250 is not only limited-run, but also limited to Australia market only. Ugh.
Strange that we find no more information other than this particular model will get black forged alloy wheels, a special numbered build-plate and bespoke ‘Bathurst Cup 250’ decals. Yup. It looks like those were it.
We assuming the mechanical did not change and if so, it would mean the same 1.8L supercharged four-pod motor (DOHC, 16-valve, dual VVT-i) motor that produces 245 horsepower and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque and the same “sports ratio” 6-speed stick shift that afford it with 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 248 km/h (154 mph).
We are not sure about the price and the availability too. Surely it is going to cost more than the RRP AU$109,990 of the “regular” Elise Cup 250, right?
Prior to this announcement, in late January, Lotus also revealed that it has added a new Evora to its lineup. The Evora GT410 sports is now join by the Evora GT410 to become a two-model range.
Priced at £82,900, the new Evora is 3,000 quids less than the Sport model. Despite of it being cheaper over the Sport, numerous features have moved from the Evora options list to become part of its standard specification.
It shares the same engine as the Sport, which is a supercharged 3.5L V6 all-aluminum unit producing 410 horsepower and 295 lb-ft (410 Nm) of torque.
Mated to a choice of “sports ratio” 6-speed manual gearbox (auto gearbox is optional), the Evora GT410 makes the century sprint in 4.2 seconds and tops out at 186 mph (298 km/h).
Some of the highlights include Sparco sport seats, air-conditioning, reverse camera, premium infotainment with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay, DAB digital radio, increased cabin sound insulation, integrated arm rests and storage bins on doors, revised damper rate, red AP Racing brake calipers, and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tires.
Lotus Evora GT410 is available now in several markets outside of U.S..
All images courtesy of Lotus Cars.