An Australia-only special edition of one of England’s most-loved sports cars has been revealed to celebrate an iconic racetrack – the Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition.
With only six units to be sold, the Bathurst Edition comes with a few additional features to set it apart from more garden variety Cup 250s, including carbon fibre racing seats trimmed in Alcantara and red interior accents.
On the outside, the Monaco White paint is special as Lotus claims it hasn’t been used since the Esprit seen in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Contrasting this, 16-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels in black are specific to the Bathurst Edition, as well as red wing mounts.
Of course, ‘Bathurst map’ badging and a numbered plaque are the finishing touches.
Mechanically, the Bathurst Edition is standard Cup 250, with 181kW and 250Nm from its supercharged 1.8-litre mid-mounted engine. Kerb weight is at 931kg.
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At $109,990 before on-roads the Bathurst Edition represents a $2000 increase in price over the standard Elise Cup 250, but the six buyers of this model will score free entry to the next Lotus Bathurst track day, set for February 5 2020.
Lotus Cars Australia managing director, Lee Knappett says the special edition is a way to thank customers and their participation in the Lotus Australia community.
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“Lotus Cars Australia has built a strong enthusiast and track day community, and our Lotus-only Bathurst days are the centrepiece,” says Knappett.
“In February 2019, over 100 cars and 150-plus customers participated in our day and we decided to celebrate this with a special edition car”.
“We are delighted to pay tribute to Australia’s iconic circuit with the Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition. With only six built, it’s truly exclusive, while retaining the Cup 250’s incredible performance capabilities.”