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Having just arrived in Monterey, the AutoGuide team headed over to Pebble Beach to pick up media credentials and when we got there we were shocked to see a massive Lotus display. With numerous vehicles on display (including the new Evora GT4 car) we quickly snapped a few photos of the Elise SC RGB special edition. The Pebble Beach Concours venue is the first time this car has been show.
The limited edition Elise was built to honor long-time (but now retired) Director of Vehicle Engineering, Roger George Becker, who dedicated 44 years of his life to developing Lotus vehicles. The RGB model comes full-loaded, offering most option packages and items like light-weight forged alloy wheels. All models will also get a numbered plaque and will be signed by Roger Becker.
Pricing for the Elise SC RGB edition is set at $57,950 while Lotus has also now confirmed the Exige S RGB for North America, priced at $70,750.
GALLERY: Lotus Elise SC RGB
Lotus will make three vehicle debuts at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, including the world premiere of an all-new track car, which will carry the 125 name. No details about the 125 have been provided, but judging from past Lotus models it’s likely a more hard-core version of the 2-Eleven, or a 2-Eleven style car based on the Evora chassis. (We hope!)
Another track-only model will also make it’s North American premiere, the Evora Cup GT4. Weighing 400 lbs less than the standard Evora at just 2,645 lbs and sporting a Cosworth 4.0-liter V6 engine with 360-hp, it’s a genuine track car built for the European GT4 series. Hopefully the debut at Pebble will be accompanied by an announcement that the Evora Cup GT4 will also compete in the U.S.
The third model set to debut is a U.S.-spec version of the restyled 2011 Elise SC RGB Edition. The RGB name comes from long-time (but now retired) Director of Vehicle Engineering Roger George Becker, who dedicated 44 years of his life to developing Lotus vehicles. In Europe, RGB models are full-loaded, offering most option packages and items like light-weight forged alloy wheels. Four colors are offered in Europe: Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow and Carbon Grey. All models will also get a numbered plaque and will be signed by Roger Becker.
AutoGuide will be sure to bring you complete coverage with plenty of coverage of all the Pebble Beach festivities.
Official release after the jump:
Lotus will launch two special editions models at the end of this year, both to celebrate the dedication of its long-time vehicle engineer Roger Becker, and to mourn the loss of the 1.8-liter engine. That’s right, new Euro 5 emissions regulations are set to mark the end of the 1.8L-powered Lotus Elise and Exige and so the British sports car company will give both the engine and Becker a special send off with the RGB special edition Elise SC and Exige S.
But before we go any further, those not in Europe can breath a sigh of relief, as Lotus will continue to sell the 1.8-liter models elsewhere. In Europe, however, Lotus fans will have to make due with the new 1.6-liter engine Elise. There’s no official word from Lotus on what will power the Exige but we have to think the new 3.5-liter V6 found in the Evora will take the place of the supercharged I4. (An Exige sporting a wider rear and sounding like a V6-powered Evora has been spied several times).
The Lotus Roger Becker (or RGB) special editions models will go on sale in September in Europe, and will be full-loaded models, offering most option packages and items like light-weight forged alloy wheels. Four colors will be offered: Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow and Carbon Grey. All models will also get a numbered plaque and will be signed by Roger Becker.
“I am honored that Lotus has named these two special editions after me, especially as it allows me to offer the customer my favourite specifications,” said Roger Becker, who recently retired from Lotus after over four decades of dedication to the brand. “The past 44 years have been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to watching Lotus progress in the future.”
See the full list of Elise SC RGB and Exige S RGB specs after the jump: