• Oct 23rd 2007 at 8:28PM
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For 2008, Lotus has turned up the heat on its Elise and Exige sports cars. The Lotus Elise SC is a 220-horsepower variant powered by a new, compact, non-intercooled supercharger mated to the standard 1.8L engine. Identifiable by its model-exclusive wheels and a new rear spoiler, the SC boasts a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, 10.7 seconds to 100 mph, and a 150 mph top end.

The Exige is not ignored either, as the Exige S can now be fitted with a Performance Pack boosting output to 240 horses. Also includded are upgraded brakes, an upgraded clutch, traction control, driver-adjustable launch control, and a new roof scoop. The traction/launch control combo is the same one found in the Lotus 2-Eleven track car. Performance, as you'd expect, is impressive: 4 seconds to sixty, 9.7 seconds to 100 mph, and a 153 mph ceiling.

Additionally, all 2008 Elise and Exige models get new instrumentation, standard driver and passenger airbags, a new keyfob design with an immobilizer system, a simplified option pack range, and new paint colors. You can read the Lotus press release in full below (it was only available as a PDF, so it's been gallerized). For all the updates, the two most important traits of the Elise and Exige remain the same: they're still light, and they're still fast.

[Source: Lotus]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I sat in one of these at a recent car show, and even my 18 year old body couldn't handle the uncomfortable conditions. The seat is like wood, and I just felt that I wouldn't even be able to drive it given the cramping. I don't want to imagine it on a rough road.

      Also, I noticed the pedals were about an inch in width. Any reason for this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is something very unatractive about Exige in general.
      sc 2007 owner
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lotus is an interesting auto, but I think a Corvette is better vehicle overall, also, they seemed to try to copy the 07 atomic orange, but the vette looks better. We need makers like Lotus to keep the sports cars alive, but when it comes to putting down the bucks, i will take the vette.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They're still on the 2ZZ-GE? The same one axed by Toyota for high emissions? Who's still building these things?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Having raced the Elise before all I can say is about time it got a power hike. The cabin is not all that bad but if you have the standard seats they aren't the best. Better to get the bucket upgrades or get a Sparco/Corbeau replacement for them.
      Pedals were fine under race conditions and road conditions so even if small they just teach ya to drive properly!

      How tall are you if you felt cramped? I'm about 5'11" and I had no cramping issues even with a racing helmet.

      I wish they would change the motor for the Honda S2000 2.0l as then the car would be perfect. The perfect chassis mated with the perfect 4pot engine.