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2020 Lotus Elise gets special paint schemes in honor of Lotus race cars

For 2020, the Lotus Elise is getting a really restricted version. The Elise Vintage Heritage...

For 2020, the Lotus Elise is getting a really restricted version. The Elise Vintage Heritage Version is a edition that can be had in 1 of four liveries that reference earlier Lotus race cars and trucks. Although the paint strategies are fitting tributes, the redundancy of obtaining “Vintage” and “Heritage” in the identical title appear to be antithetical to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of “simplify and include lightness.”

Title aside, the color strategies seem fantastic. In a natural way, 1 of them is the famous black and gold of the John Player Exclusive Lotus race cars and trucks. Many others are much less familiar, but nonetheless major. Two of them emphasize cars and trucks driven by famous racers. The blue, pink and silver combo references the 1980 Lotus Style 81 driven by Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Elio de Angelis. The pink, white and gold edition is for the 1968 Style 49B driven by Graham Hill. As for the blue and white vehicle, it celebrates the initial Lotus F1 vehicle to acquire pole place and the race, the 1960 Style 18.

The flashy paint is matched with similarly flashy interiors. The higher doorway panels and other trim pieces are painted in coordinated colours, and the seat facilities are concluded in matching cloth. The 1 exception is the blue and white model that gets pink seats. Although the vehicle is based mostly on the 217-horsepower Elise 220, it gets options that are normally extra-value on that vehicle, such as air conditioning, cruise manage, a radio, carpeting and flooring mats, two-piece brake rotors and forged wheels. Offered as choices are a hardtop, lithium-ion battery and titanium exhaust.

All of these extra options, furthermore the colours and exclusivity assistance make the extra £6,350-pound upcharge worthwhile, which makes the vehicle value £46,250, or just more than $fifty seven,000 at latest trade prices. Talking of exclusivity, only 100 of these cars and trucks will be marketed internationally. Lotus notes that the break up amongst the diverse colours will be dependent on demand, so certain liveries could be rarer than many others. Do not hope any of them to be supplied in the U.S., however, given that the Elise is just not available below at all.

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