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Lotus Elise S2 Sport 135R
May 2003Lotus Sport Elise 135R
The 'R' Factor
Developed by Lotus Sport and Performance in conjunction with the Lotus Ride and Handling team, the Lotus Sport Elise 135R has been designed to provide ultimate performance both on and off the track. Engine, suspension, wheel and tyre upgrades all contribute to what can only be described as the ultimate road and track Elise. Offering a more direct feel, the 135R affords the enthusiast driver with more immediate and sharper responses, developed to deliver exceptional driver involvement.
With an ever increasing amount of Lotus owners demanding more of their cars, Lotus set out to develop an Elise that would exceed all expectations. The Lotus Ride and Handling team has developed a sports suspension set-up giving its user total control over ride height settings to maximise the cars performance in any environment. Following on from this, Lotus Sport and Performance has redesigned the flow characteristics of the cylinder head specifically for the 135R to offer greater flexibility throughout the rev range.
In addition to the engine modifications, the 3-piece F1 style diffuser and exhaust system has been utilised to further enhance the performance and character of the car. Despite its exhilarating performance, the 135R manages to remain a very usable road car for everyday use, offering the driver the best of both worlds.
Launched at dealerships around the country on 1st May 2003, the Lotus Sport Elise 135R will be built as a 'special edition' (denoted by the Lotus Sport chassis plate fixed into the passenger footwell) and as such will only be available in limited numbers. The specification of the car is as follows:
Wheels & Tyres
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