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Lotus offers supercharger kits for the Elise and the Exige

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0700

Lotus enthusiasts looking to wring a little more power out of their rides now have a potent option: a supercharger kit for the Elise and Exige models.

The kits boost power in the naturally aspirated versions from about 189 hp to 218 hp and improve torque from 133 lb-ft to 155 lb-ft.

Even better, this added power comes on quicker, with peak torque coming on at 5,000 rpm, rather than 6,800 rpm. Stretching the rev band should help Lotus drivers tackle twisting roads and drive with gusto--even more than usual, the company says.

The kits use the same supercharger and integrated intake manifold found on the Elise SC. They work with new high-flow fuel injectors and a reprogrammed engine-management control unit to boost output. They can be fitted to any Elise or Exige with the Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine.

The kits are available in the United States and Canada and come with a factory warranty.

The supercharger kit is shown.

“Lotus Elise and Exige owners are genuine driving enthusiasts, and that's what attracted them to Lotus cars in the first place," Lotus Cars USA operations director Arnie Johnson said in a statement. “They will fully appreciate the dramatically enhanced driving character these Lotus supercharger kits bring their vehicles.”

By Greg Migliore