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In a celebration of style and lightweight performance, and helping mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s famous Hethel site, Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection: the Elise 250 Special Edition.


Based on the critically acclaimed Elise Cup 250, but featuring a raft of exclusive components as standard, the Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition offers an outstanding combination of performance and panache. With a supercharged 243 hp engine, a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a unique, hand-finished interior, it perfectly defines the quintessential British sportscar in this celebration year.


As an antidote to sterilised and staid modern cars, Lotus’ approach continues to deliver the purest, undiluted driving experience. Tipping the scales at just 899 kg, through the utilisation of advanced materials including carbon fibre and aluminium, the Elise 250 Special Edition remains true to the company’s philosophy of ‘Light is Right’ and is capable of humbling far more common, yet expensive, rivals.


Draped in a composite body and finished in one of four of the firm’s favourite colours, the Elise 50th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 50 examples. With a high specification as standard, and benchmark engineering, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of contemporary design. From the hand-made carbon components, to the hand-finished leather seats, it sets the standard for exclusive sports cars.





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Elise 250 Special Edition interior

  • Focused minimalism
  • Carbon fibre sports seats
  • Dark blue or dark grey leather trim, with contrast stiching
  • Small diameter leather steering wheel
  • Engine start push button

Elise 250 Special Edition rear

  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 243 hp (246 PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184 lbft (250 Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Exhilarating acceleration

Elise 250 Special Edition wheel

  • Celebrating 50 years of Lotus at Hethel
  • Limited to just 50 examples
  • Race-bred suspension
  • Confident on-track
  • Capable on-road

Elise 250 Special Edition carbon wing

  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Carbon-fibre front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panel as standard
  • Four colour options: metallic light blue, classic red, yellow and white

Elise 250 Special Edition front high

  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds)

Elise 250 Special Edition front access panel

  • Advanced lightweight construction
  • Aluminium chassis-tub
  • Aerodynamic composite bodywork
  • Agile handling
  • Mid-engined dynamic balance


Performance and Emissions
Engine and Transmission
Body and Chassis
Exterior Specification
Interior Specification
Options and Option Packs
 Elise 250 Special Edition
Max power243 hp at 7,200 rpm (246 PS)
Max torque184 lbft at 3,500-5,500 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph3.9 seconds
0-100 km/h4.3 seconds
Max speed154 mph (248 km/h)
Unladen weight899 kg
Power to weight ratio270 hp/tonne (274 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban28.0 (10.1)
Extra Urban47.1 (6.0)
Combined37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions175 g/km
* Published MPG figures and performance results are intended for comparisons between vehicles only. Verification of performance results should not be attempted on public roads. Lotus recommends that all local speed and safety laws must be obeyed and safety belts worn at all times. Use of the vehicle on track or in a competitive manner is not endorsed by Lotus. Participation in use off road, including on closed circuit tracks or for use in a competitive manner, including timed laps or runs will invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty and the vehicle will require appropriate levels of expert vehicle preparation and servicing.  Lotus reserves the right to modify prices, specifications and options without prior notice. Please consult your local Lotus dealer for more information. For USA and Canada; Elise, Exige and 3-Eleven models are for track use-only (not road-legal). Errors and omissions excepted. Imagery for illustration purposes only. Actual specifications may vary. 
 Elise 250 Special Edition
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled superchargerStandard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel driveStandard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control systemStandard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratiosStandard
Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)Standard
 Elise 250 Special Edition
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structureStandard
T45 motorsport hoopStandard
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with adjustable front anti-roll barStandard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rearStandard
Eibach springs, front and rearStandard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipersStandard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rearStandard
Track tuned ABS systemStandard
Driver selectable ESP modesStandard
Lightweight lithium ion batteryStandard
 Elise 250 Special Edition
Exterior Specification
Ultra Lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)Standard
Front Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 195/50 ZR16Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 225/45 ZR17Standard
Carbon fibre front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panelStandard
Roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in silver finishStandard
Halogen front main and dip lights with integrated direction indicatorsStandard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicatorsStandard
Black soft-topStandard
Clear sill stone chip protection filmStandard
 Elise 250 Special Edition
A choice of silver and black leather or silver and blue leather trimStandard
Carbon fibre sports seats trimmed in leather with contrast stitchingStandard
Black leather trimmed steering wheelStandard
Black leather trimmed sills with contrast stitchingStandard
Polished aluminium gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve Standard
Engine start push buttonStandard
Driver and passenger airbagsStandard
 Elise 250 Special Edition
Carbon fibre hard top Option
Air conditioningOption
Ultra-lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)Option
Cruise controlOption
Full carpetOption
Floor matsOption
Sound insulationOption
Auxiliary driving lightsOption
Classic Blue, Yellow, Red or White metallic paint finishStandard

Black Pack (including roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in matt black)