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When you rely on another manufacturer to supply engines for your offerings, sometimes things can get a bit tricky. In the case of Lotus, that time has now come for the Elise and Exige.
With the supply of Toyota Twin Cam 2ZZ-GE four-cylinder engines now used up, the Norfolk based sports car maker is winding down production of these two models, though will send them out with bang, offering a run of Final Edition versions based on each car.
On the Exige front, this consists of a special model called the 260 Final Edition. Only 30 examples will be allocated for North American buyers, each retailing at a cost $67,500. For that you get the Lotus Tour Pack, Track Pack and Limited Slip Differential. In addition, for an extra $2400, 25 buyers will have the option of getting their 260 finished a menacing matte black exterior hue if so desired.
As for the Elise, well, in our neck-of-the-woods, just 15 examples of the SC Final Edition will make it to North American shores. Each of the cars will come fully loaded with options and the buyers will have a choice of four different exterior colors derived from that used on the Euro market Elise Club Racer. Price? $57,500.
Production of the Elise/Exige is scheduled to end in July, so if you want one of the Final Edition cars, better sign up now!
[Source: Golden Gate Lotus Club]
The very first of the 2009 Lotus Exige S 260 models has just rolled off the assembly line in the U.K. and it features a custom Kawasaki Green paint job. The celebrity owner of the car chose the particular color after looking over three shades of lime green that Kawasaki has used over the years. Lotus was able to match the exact color because its paint supplier, Dupont, is the same company that supplies Kawasaki.
Kevin Smith, PR boss over at Lotus also told us that the car’s official name will be the Lotus Exige S 260 Sport and that only 50 models will be offered with the the full carbon fiber panels and Accusump system that ensures oil pressure remains constant under extreme driving conditions.
The Exige S 260 Sport produces 257hp and 174 ft-lbs of torque and weights just 2,020 lbs. thanks to a carbon fiber front splitter, rear spoiler, roof, engine cover, side air intake ducts, sill covers and even the top of the dash.
Part of the 50-lb weight savings is also due to the use of several other lighter parts including a lightweight “motorsports” battery, lighter 12-spoke forged alloy wheels, a revised rear engine subframe, a lightweight flywheel, alloy piping for the supercharger and intercooler and a composite panel that replaces the rear window.
Unveiled at the 2008 LA Auto Show, the 2009 Exige 260 will retail for $74,995 – a small price to pay for one of the most amazing driving experiences possible.
The Kawasaki Green paint is not included in the price, however, Lotus is willing to do almost any custom color – for a price.
2009 Lotus Exige S 260 Sport:
Official Lotus Exige S 260 release after the jump: