Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus released the newest version of the lightweight Exige S. At the time, the UK-based automaker highlighted the fact that the new model was both faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. About a month and a half has passed since then, and Lotus has now released the fuel efficiency and emissions statistics of the rest of the Elise and Exige line.
The most impressive performer may be the base model Elise S, which uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine sourced from Toyota. According to Lotus, the 2010 Elise S can scoot to 60 miles per hour in just 5.7 seconds, though driving at a less frenetic pace will net you about 31 miles per gallon (37 mpg in the UK) on the European combined cycle; that's a nine percent improvement over the previous model.
While at first blush these figures don't seem to matter all that much – the Elise and Exige are performance cars first and foremost – a comparison between the cars from Lotus and competing sportscars from the likes of Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz puts the Exige and Elise's impressive figures in a much better light. Further, Lotus' lightweight know-how means its platforms are popular choices for EV conversions. See the full press release after the break.