• Apr 16, 2011
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Lotus's supply of Toyota 2ZZ-GE engines has finally run out, meaning production of the company's highly popular Exige and Elise will come to an abrupt halt in July. To commemorate its track-day superstars' success, Lotus will send the cars off with an extremely limited number of Final Editions. With Lotus up to its axles in financial uncertainty, this may represent your last chance to get your hands on a new Lotus Elise or Exige.

There are two trim levels planned for the Exige's parting-shot model. Lotus says it will build 30 examples of the Exige S260 Final Edition for North America, with Lotus' Track Pack, Tour Pack and LSD as standard. If that's not special enough for you, Lotus is offering 25 customers the chance to have their S260 painted matte black. Price for the "standard" S260 is $67,500, with the matte-black version ringing the register at $69,900.

American and Canadian fans of the Elise have fewer options, with only 15 examples of the 2011 Lotus Elise SC Final Edition planned. Lotus says the car will get the buyer's choice of four color schemes based on the Europe-only Elise Club Racer. To sweeten the deal, the Elise SC Final Edition will come loaded to the gunnels with options. Price for the last Elise is $57,500. If you're hoping to get your hands on a Final Edition, get in line now.




[Source: GGLotus]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      so whats the new powerplant going to be?
        • 3 Years Ago
        " so whats the new powerplant going to be? "

        I'd definitely buy this Lotus if it comes with HONDA's K-series iVTEC (simply the finest i4 N/A engine out there) or a another Toyota-manufactured engine but engineered by Yamaha.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lotus is working on a V6 and supercharged V6 option. 275 and 350 HP.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds like after these "Final Editions" the won't be making the Elise and Exige anymore. Might free up production resource's and if they charge a slight premium for these added money into the coffers to help them get those loans they want.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Stuka,

        you'd be surprised what 2 strokes can do. The thing you gotta worry about are the NOX emissions, that kills 2 strokes. However, they respond super well to direct injection. However, direct injection is hard to do on them, you need about 12 MIPS of CPU power to properly figure out the fuel and ignition schedule for a single cylinder.

        So you don't see these engines because a 48 mips ECU would be incredibly expensive. But mark my words, you'll see them. I bet our future internal combustion engines will be diesel or 2 stroke gassers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        While improving the horsepower and torque numbers is a good thing, but I'm more concerned about the weight of the V6.

        Hope it doesn't throw off the balance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers

        I highly doubt it. 2 stroke motors spew out tons of unburned fuel because of their design. Perhaps a new type of 2-stroke motor could clean up, but there's no way direct injection alone would solve the issue.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers

        A 2-stroke would NEVER pass emissions. Especially here in the US. You can't even buy 2-stroke motorcycles anymore in California, which is one of Lotuses biggest markets.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm hoping and praying that Lotus is talking to Ski Do and will drop in one of their 2-stroke powerplants.

        IIRC, it's a 90 lb engine that dynos on snowmobiles at about 180 horsepower on the track (so though a CVT with all those losses).

        If that's not Lotus, I don't know what is.

      • 3 Years Ago
      The end of an era.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Lotus's supply of Toyota 2ZZ-GE engines has finally run out, meaning production of the company's highly popular Exige and Elise will come to an abrupt halt in July"

      No.
      The Elise will continue to be produced with the 1.6 ZR engine for years to come and it's a pretty open secret that the Exige will be back by the end of the year sporting the same 3.5 V6 as the Evora.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was a good motor. It's hard to see it go.

      I miss the says of high-revving Japanese motors. Integra Type R to 8500, Celica GT-S to 8500, Nissan Sentra GT-R Spec V to 8500 and the S2000 to 8900.

      I like turbocharged motors too, but it's sad to see the high-revving Japanese motors go.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It was and still is a great motor. Not many left like it.

        I saw one these lotus not too long ago... great looking little car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm not, the S2000 always sounded like it had to try so very hard since you had to drop two gears and wring the living daylight out of it to get into the powerband.

        But at least the fuel economy was great, right? Nope, my ex-roommates got worse fuel economy than my 460hp Corvette engine on the highway (usually by 3-4mpg). And speaking of power, while I was able to wring out considerably more peak hp w/ a cam, long tube headers, heads, intake etc, the S2000 sees relatively small gains short of forced induction as they already squeezed about as much hp/liter as possible from that little thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sentra GT-R Spec V? Huh?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember seeing a company putting lsj and lnf's in these little guys, would be a great thing to have and lnf in there from the factory
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's been rumors saying that they might use Ford's Duratec 2.0, or even a Cosworth-tuned 2.3L from Ford that is found in the Caterham 7. The Cosworth 2.3 has been proven that it can reliably make over 300hp.

        They have made it clear that the next generation base Elise will put out over 200hp rather than the 190hp the current base Elise is putting out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good bye VVTL-i :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im pretty sure if they did not have Toyota power plants they could and sell the cars for a lot more $$$

      saying your car is powered by a Camry engine could not be so prestigious when it comes to selling 70K+ car...to the average guy it prob dont matter but the people with money it's all about vanity "bragging"....
        • 3 Years Ago
        miketim1: I like your enthusiast but Lotus is just like any other for profit company...It has to make $$$$ to keep the doors open...like I stated to the average guy like yourself and your brother the motor really doesnt matter as long as it's fun in the seat of the pants like you stated...But to whom most super cars/Sports cars are targeted to are people with disposable income that buy more on prestige and bragging rights then are wiling to over look a Corolla/Camry engine in a fun little sports car..

        Why do you think Lotus will not put a Toyota engine in their Spirit?
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Gets the job done..." isn't "WOAH DADDY!".

        Sure it was adequate, and an i4 180hp Lotus Elise is fun, but a v6 350hp Lotus Elise would have been funner and given it a power to weight ratio similar to an Ariel Atom (well, the base model one, there is a 500hp V8 Ariel Atom available now IIRC)! ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Umm, the previous power plant was a pile of garbage ROVER motor. I don't think Lotus buyers really care about the motor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If your concern is vanity and bragging you're not a car guy at all.

        The issue of a toyota engine on an Elise/Exige is a non issue at best. It's akin to saying you're as fast as Usain Bolt and can punch as hard as an MMA fighter simply because you have 2 legs and 2 arms.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, but a performance car should have an engine to match. I don't want an engine that is mass produced for the general market where bean counters make compromises in order to make things cheaper to produce. They also can reduce performance in the name of better perceived reliability or better emissions (being green). Do you think Lotus gives a crap if their car is SULEV certified? That being said, I can think of quite a few V6 power trains that would better suite Evora.

        Heck, the 2GR-FSE found in the IS350 would have been a much better choice because of the additional precision that the engines go through before it is even determined that they be destined for an engine bay. Engines that don't meet spec are scrapped, not repaired. Vacuum mold injection, full engine CAT scans, precision to 1/1000 of a millimeter, and a complete rotational balancing. You think they do that at the Toyota engine plant in West Virginia? It's called cutting corners because they know most of the sheep that buy a V6 Camary or Avalon never drive over 47 mph anyways.

        In addition, the 2ZZ is a piece of crap. There have been all kinds of issues both in the Elise and the girly Toyotas it was found in. And I'm not even talking about miss shifts. The Honda K-Series would have been a better choice bar none. Road racing and endurance racing has proven this time and time again. The 2.0L K20 has produced 300 N/A horses at the crank in some extreme applications.

        Realtime racing uses K-Series engines and has 68 race victories, 11 Manufacturers’ Championships, and 11 Drivers’ Championships out of 16 seasons. This while racing side by side with lighter and more nimble Celicas. The K20A only weights 29 more pounds but would considerably increase the power to weight ratio without sacrificing much in the way of handling.

        @ sw

        Yeah... I guess I'm not a car guy. You got me looser.

        • 3 Years Ago
        But no one saying its powered by a camry motor because it isnt. Its powered by a Toyota motor... and it isnt exactly the same engine thats in the camry fyi and it gets the job done in this car. My brother drove on these cars and he said its a blast one of the best cars he ever drove. The lotus isn't made to be a volume seller. Its about the seat in the pants experience and that is where the car merits its price not how much they can sell. That motor was a great motor out the gate very fun and free revving... match that with a lightweight rwd car and you have epic fun on your hands.

        If you dont like Toyota thats your problem. The Lotus from its handling to power is a great little car... get over yaself. Not to mention its a performance oriented motor AND a reliable one at that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Couple of things, the engine is not from a Camry. It was in the Celica GTS. Not even a Toyota designed engine, it was designed by Yamaha and it shares similarities with their sport bike engines. Lotus came along and redid the intake, exhaust and computer chip.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Guys (spw, RX-Elise) , we're talking about the Evora. The Elise was not a $70K+ car.

        And the 2ZZ-GE engine is a Toyota. Why do people try to say any good engine is a Yamaha? Yamaha helps with engineering sometimes, it's part of what they do. It doesn't make an engine "a Yamaha".
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a Camry motor.

        Yeah, it's used in other vehicles. But it's also used in the Camry.

        And even if it works well, an engine designed to meet the requirements of a family hauler just doesn't belong in a Lotus. Not even with a blower.
        • 3 Years Ago
        None of you guys are on the same wave length.

        The Elise used the 2ZZ (1.8L I4) which was the Celica GT-S motor.

        The Evora uses the 2GR (3.5L V6) which currently is found in many family haulers in the Toyota family.

        So the Elise used an engine from a car driven by chicks and limp wristed men and the Evora currently uses an engine from cars with a median age buyer of 55 y/o. They aren't even using the direct injected version from the IS350.

        Personally, I wished they would use the VW 2.0T and the VR6. That VR6 sounds down right nasty with a good exhaust and the turbo was design specifically for boost instead of being retrofit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pff finaly gona get a descen engine...could be an SR22VET jejeje
        • 3 Years Ago
        Elmo, before you get too excited about Lotus' endorsement, the Elise also came with a Rover K Series engine. This was not a great engine.

        I think the 2ZZ-FE was a good engine, but Lotus picked it because it was available most of all, and probably because they could get a transmission in the deal, saving themselves even more trouble.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Elmo, before you get too excited about Lotus' endorsement, the Elise also came with a Rover K Series engine. This was not a great engine.

        I think the 2ZZ-FE was a good engine, but Lotus picked it because it was available most of all, and probably because they could get a transmission in the deal, saving themselves even more trouble.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Else's shortcoming has always been its powerplant. Despite being purpose-built with many compromises for performance, it couldn't match the power to weight ratio of GT cars like the C6 Z06 that would eat its lunch on bigger tracks while being more comfortable w/ a big trunk to boot.

      Rather than turbocharged which can soften throttle response, I'd recommend the next version go with a high performance tuned version of a modern performance V6.

      Heck, historically the Mustang V6 has been mocked, but the latest version gets over 30mpg even in that big car and puts down over 300hp. Crate engine likely isn't that expensive, it has a huge aftermarket, and I'm sure 350hp wouldn't be hard to reliably wring out of one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad I got an 08 Elise at the end of last year. Ridiculously fun, and the most fuel efficient car I have (I've averaged 26mpg since I got it.)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess they are going to the big Elise that they showed in Geneva. Be cool to buy one with a Nissan SR20DET.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it possible this is the begining of the end for Lotus? Seems they are having trouble getting loans to continue or will they be rescued?
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