The headline number for the latest Lotus Elise is not its 0-60 time or top speed, but, amazingly, its emissions rating and fuel economy.
The latest generation of the lightweight two-seat sports car emits just 149g/km CO2 and should be good for 45mpg on the combined cycle when it carries the newest engine to join the car's range – a 134bhp 1.6-litre petrol. The old car was 16 percent less efficient with emissions of 179g/km.
But this doesn't mean the Lotus has compromised performance with the introduction of this new, smaller engine – the Elise S should still get to 60mph in 6.0 seconds.
The new car weighs just 876kg, a slight increase over the old model, but still far lighter than any of its competitors.
The figures for the two other models in the Elise range – the R and the SC – both remain as before. They get to 60mph in 5.1 and 4.3 seconds respectively, and emit 192 and 199g/km CO2.
The new Elise arrives this summer and we can't wait to get behind the wheel.