Lotus spruces up Exige and Elise

* Sophistication and value improved * New airbags and instrument panel * Supercharged Elise SC also launched...

Lotus spruces up Exige and Elise

Lotus has put together a package of improvements designed to spruce its Exige and Elise models.

The British car maker says the changes both inside and out will make the two model ranges more sophisticated and better value.

Elise SC
Lotus also launched its new supercharged Elise SC, which is on sale now in the UK with prices starting at 32,550.

This model uses the 1.8-litre engine in the Elise, but the supercharger and the absence of an intercooler pushes the power up to 218bhp.

Weighing in at just 903kg, the SC will whisk you from 0-60mph in 4.4sec and then all the way to a top speed of 150mph.

The SC also gets a new rear spoiler, bespoke alloy wheels and an oversized exhaust.

Exige and Elise improvements
The launch of the new SC coincides with the upgrades right across the Exige and Elise ranges.

Now both models get driver and passenger airbags as standard and there's a new instrument panel, which includes black, rather than white, dials.

Extra instrumentation such as service reminders and a new gearshift light telling the driver when the car is at its rev limit are also included.

Warning lights are not visible until they light up as Lotus has sought to de-clutter the instrument panel.

Customers can also choose from a new range of colours: the less popular paint ranges have been ditched to make way for more vibrant pearlescent colours.

The Exige and Elise both have a new Thatcham-approved alarm/immobiliser system, and that means owners will get an updated key fob, where the Lotus badge acts as one of the three function buttons.

The company has also streamlined its option packs from four to two. The Super Touring and Super Sport packages have been dropped, so customers only have to choose from the Touring Pack and Sport Pack.

The Touring Pack includes ProBax seats, a leather-trimmed console, a leather handbrake gaiter, an iPod socket, full carpets, a sound insulation kit and cup holder.

The Sports Pack for the Elise has traction control, sports dampers, sports seats and lightweight wheels, while the Exige has an adjustable anti-roll bar, a roll bar and integrated harness mounts.