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Lotus Cars USA, Inc. is proud to introduce the 2009 Lotus Elise - Purist Edition. The Purist
Edition Elise gets back to the basics of “Performance Through Lightweight” and features a
lower base MSRP, all while retaining the true essence of a Lotus: Everything you need, and
nothing you don’t.
Base MSRP: $43,995*
• Lotus-designed lightweight epoxy-bonded, extruded aluminum chassis
• Integral steel seat-belt support structure and lightweight steel rear subframe
• RTM Composite fiberglass body
• Removable soft top with stowage bag
• High intensity projection beam headlamps
• LED taillights with integral reflectors and daytime running lights
• Aluminum alloy fuel filler door
• Aerodynamic rear diffuser
• Standard paint colors- Ardent Red, Saffron Yellow or Monaco White
Engine and Driveline:
• 1.8 Liter, 190 hp, mid-mounted 16 Valve DOHC 4-cylinder engine
• Multi-point fuel injection system with electronic ignition and throttle
• 6-speed transaxle with lockout reverse gear
• Black leather seats with Probax anatomical padding
• 4-speaker stereo with in-dash CD player
• Leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel
• Sound deadening insulation
• Central door locks and intermittent windshield wiper
• Air conditioning, starter button, tinted glass and carpeted foot mats
Suspension and Braking:
• Fully independent suspension with unequal length wishbones
• Bilstein gas dampers, Eibach coaxial coil springs and front anti-sway
• Power assisted 4-wheel ventilated/cross-drilled disc brakes
• Lotus/AP Racing & Brembo calipers with anti-lock braking system
• Silver finished alloy wheels – 5.5JX16 front, 7.5JX17 rear
• Yokohama Neova high performance tires – 175/55-16 front, 225/45-17
Safety and Security:
• Dual supplemental restraining system with seat belt pre-tensioners
• Factory anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer
• Tire pressure monitoring system, progressive shift lights
• Power door locks with remote control
• Door remote integral with key
• Concealed radio antenna
• 3-Year/36,000 mile limited warranty
• 8-Year chassis corrosion warranty

Call Max at 864.232.2269

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Looks like it's a non-sc Elise?

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Sounds just like a base car with zero options.

Can you get it with the AC delete? If not, then it's not the "purest" Elise you can get. ;)

Sounds to me like the marketing department is masking the sales department's move to lower the price on a base Elise without looking like it. :D

Nothing but good news for those looking for a base car new. :up:

And yes, pics. :)

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Anyone else find it funny that the "Purist Edition" is white.. :D

2,874 Posts
its required/mandated for sale in the US

"The "purist" comes with everything that's in the ($1600 touring package) apart from i-pod interface,leather trimmed transmission tunnel area and door inserts. It has the same Probax leather seats, same Momo leather wrapped wheel....It's a real deal at $43,995 compared to a regular 2009Elise base which is $47,250 and then add $1600 for touring pack. $48,850 !"

at a base price... not too bad for someone who wants a new 190 elise, actually. 44k msrp, take a couple grand off and youre looking at a brand new elise with some options for around 42k

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Hmmm... really sounds like just a price drop to me, which is great. Perhaps to compensate for the strength of the dollar against the pound? That was grounds to raise the base MSRP at least once before. I've been wondering if they'd adjust for that. I think the original MSRP was 40, then up to 43 in 06, then 46 or 47 in 07?

Also worthy of note is that Saffron (my favorite!) is finally back after only being available in 05 (and on the 06 Lotus Sport elise).

Or maybe this is now the "base" and there is new stuff coming out for 10?
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