Geneva 2011: Lotus Elise Club Racer Gets Smaller Engine, Lower Curb Weight

Geneva 2011: Lotus Elise Club Racer Gets Smaller Engine, Lower Curb Weight
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With the Lotus Elise now offered exclusively in Europe with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder rather than the old 1.8-liter mill, it only makes sense that the limited edition Club Racer mode would follow suit.

Power is rated at 134-hp and 118 lb-ft, although an optional Club Racer Power Pack (off-road use only) ups those numbers to 140-hp and 122 lb-ft.

Weighing 1,931 lbs, those extreme track enthusiasts (who else would buy this car?) can drop that to just 1,876 lbs through a series of deleted parts.

Offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, the Elise CR can hit 60-mph in just 6.0 seconds, but it’s what else the car can do, performance wise, that really impresses thanks to goodies like Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs.

New for the 2011 Club Racer model is a DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) system with a Sport setting that limits interference by the stability control system. Designed to help less experienced drivers, Lotus also allows a full shut-off of the electronic nannies.

GALLERY: Lotus Elise Club Racer

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