LOG IN

Share

Lotus Exige Sprint Special Edition

 Lotus Exige Sprint Special Edition
Lotus Exige Sprint; Yellow Fire / Lotus Cars

Exige Capable Of 146 MPH Top whack!

Another special treat has been revealed for Lotus fans in the UK as Lotus Cars unpacks the Exige Sprint. Only 40 of these cars will be marketed, each representing and numbered with a year from 1967 to 2007, leaving out 1982, the year in which Lotus founder Colin Chapman passed away.

Three packages will be on sale including the Sport Pack, Touring Pack and Performance Pack. Comfort creatures are air conditioning, forged alloy wheels, while the Performance Pack – one that sounds redundant in an Exige – makes the car accelerate from zero to 60 mph (98 km/h) in an estimated 4 seconds! A top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h) is available on tap should one find oneself outside of strict England and alongside Germany’s finest on the autobahns.

Different from the run-of-the-mill (if ever that exists) Exige are the colour schemes from the 1970s, which is a mix that includes red, gold and white; blue gold and white; and yellow, gold and white. These packages are said to save customers thousands in pounds sterling as the extras on their own would cost about the same as the finished Sprint. These nostalgic trips Lotus is taking fans on are not for nothing, as it prepares one or two new versions of even more iconic cars from the past.

Source: Lotus Cars
Published Jan 23, 2008 9:14 am By Thami Masemola
Posted in:

Lotus Cars has taken one of the most recognisable and iconic Lotus colour schemes from the early 1970s and reintroduced it for the first time with the limited edition Exige Sprint.
Just 40 right hand drive Lotus Exige Sprints will go on sale in the UK and Ireland in a duo-tone paint scheme of Aspen White on the lower portion of the body and a choice of Solar Yellow or Persian Blue on the upper portion of the body. The two colours are separated by a gold stripe bearing the name Exige Sprint on the doors on either side of the car.

To celebrate the start of Lotus production at Hethel in 1967, just 40 cars will be built for the UK market and each one will have an individually numbered chassis year build plate covering1967 to 2007, except for 1982, the year of Colin Chapman’s untimely and tragic death. Each car will also come together with a heritage pack containing a certificate signed by Lotus’ Chief Executive Mike Kimberley and “The Lotus Book” written by William Taylor featuring in depth reviews of the models produced at Hethel.

The Exige Sprint honours the colour scheme of the legendary Elan Sprint, which entered production in early 1971, 37 years ago. The design was adapted from the red and gold and white colour scheme of the Team Lotus Formula One sponsors at the time: Gold Leaf Tobacco. Other colours were also introduced including the blue, gold and white and yellow, gold and white, both of which are honoured on the Lotus Exige Sprint.

More that just a colour scheme The Lotus Exige Sprint includes as standard, ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, air conditioning, Sport Pack, Touring Pack and the newly available Performance Pack giving phenomenal acceleration of zero to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds (estimated), reaching 100 mph in just another 6 seconds (estimated) before topping out at 146 mph. The Sprint also features a unique interior trim with distinctive embroidery and exterior decals.

Lotus Exige Sprint

Even without the unique paint and trim features that the Exige Sprint benefits from, equipping a standard Exige to the same specification would cost a customer £44,050 (MSRP), so the £42,550 (MSRP) for the Exige Sprint provides superb value for performance.

Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive for Group Lotus plc said, “Back in 1970, I was working on the Elan Sprint with a team of talented engineers led by Tony Rudd. It was a car that at the time was virtually unbeatable on a quick country road dash. The Elan Sprint with its sophisticated and elegant colour scheme was my particular favourite of the Elan range and it is fantastic to see the colour schemes being reintroduced for this limited edition of just 40 UK cars. Of course, being more than just a colour scheme, we are offering the driver an unparalleled Exige driving experience in a car that will, in a few years time, cement itself into the Lotus legend”.

The Lotus Elan Sprint: 1971 to 1973

The Lotus Elan Sprint was the last version of the quintessential 1960s sportscar. Using the 126 bhp Lotus “Big Valve” Twin Cam 1558cc engine and weighing just 1570lbs (714 kg) the Elan Sprint shot to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds -a great performance by today’s standards and almost unheard of in 1971. The Elan sprint ended production in August 1973 after 1353 examples were built.

Related Articles

Add comment

Comments (1)

 puddingpuppet puddingpuppet
Far too many Lotus editions now. I'll still take one of these though.
0
0
January 24, 2008 3:11 am