Lotus has unveiled its latest Elise, named the Sprint.

The main headline is the car’s remarkable lightness – it tips the scales at just 798kg. The standard-fit Lithium-Ion battery saves 9kg, the carbon race seats 6kg and the forged alloys another 5kg. In all, the Sprint is 41kg lighter than the previous Elise Sport.

Engine-wise, a 1.6-litre or a supercharged 1.8-litre are offered. The latter produces 217bhp and the Sprint’s light weight means a 0-62mph time of just 4.1 seconds. 1.8-litre cars also get a new exhaust which Lotus claims makes it ‘the best sounding four-cylinder car on the market’.

Visual upgrades for the Sprint include matt black trim, special wheels and stripes. The interior has had similar treatment, with stitched Sprint badges, body-colour inserts and optional Alcantara. A new centre console and instrument panel have been added, with Bluetooth connectivity optionable. Along with other Elise models, the Sprint has a wonderful open-gated 6-speed manual gearbox.

Prices start at £37,300 for the 1.6-litre model, rising to £44,000 for the 1.8. 

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