Simple and lightweight! That’s the best way to describe this new offering from Lotus.
The new Lotus Elise Sprint 220 is the super-lightweight variant (as befits the “Sprint” badge, which also appears on the Elan) that chops pounds at every opportunity.
Updates include forged-alloy wheels and lighter two-piece brake discs, plus a whole bunch of standard bits including the race seats, engine cover, roll-hoop cover, and some body panels. A revised front bumper saves 19 pounds, and if the Lotus engineers’ obsession with cutting weight wasn’t already apparent the decision to reduce the number of light clusters on the rear from four to two was undertaken because it saved an additional 0.66 pounds. There’s also an open-gate gear selector like the one found on the Exige Sport 350, which contributes to the weight-savings mission but has the added benefit of looking really cool.
In all, the Sprint removed 88.2 pounds from the standard Elise, which means the tiny, 217-hp supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder now motivates the car to 60 mph in just four seconds flat. Top speed is a mere 145 mph but, given the flyweight nature of the car, any faster and you might go airborne like a kite.