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Lotus rolls out five Final Edition models ahead of complete lineup makeover

The Lotus Elise and Exige Final Editions show off the street and track capability of the lightweight cars.

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The Bard himself once wrote, "Parting is such sweet sorrow." It's the end of an era for Lotus, whose Norwich, England headquarters is a mere three hour drive from Shakespeare's ancestral home in Stratford-upon-Avon. This year, the automaker's current model lineup will fade into a memory as the company pushes forward with an ambitious new plan to remake themselves in a modern and electrically progressive light.

Two of the company's cars, the Elise and Exige, have been available to the buying public for over two decades. It is these models that serve as the base for five new Final Edition cars - each of which with more power and greater standard specification than the traditional models. They will be limited in quantity.

The five new variants– two Elise and three Exige – wear names that define their output: Elise Sport 240, Elise Cup 250, Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420 and Exige Cup 430.

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition

The Elise Sport 240 Final Edition builds on the traditional Elise offering more standard features and power.

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Each of the Elise Final Editions contains the core ingredients that make it a staple of the company's lineup including the two-seat configuration and 1.8-liter four-cylinder mid-mounted engine. Both models have undergone additional lightweighting.

Buyers can order their Elise in a new selection of colors including Azure Blue, the color used in the first production car images for media in 1996, Black, and Racing Green, which serves as an homage to the colour of the original car unveiled at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Elise Sport 240 has been tuned to deliver 240 brake horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. The rig rides on 10-spoke Anthracite lightweight forged alloy wheels (16-inch in the front and 17-inch in the rear) that are wrapped in Yokohama tires.

It has a new TFT digital dashboard with two screens for a driver to choose from, as well as a new Alcantara- and leather-clad flat bottom steering wheel. Every car comes with a Final Edition build plaque.

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition

The Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition has had a horsepower increase as part of its new setup.

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Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition

The Elise Cup 250 Final Edition has many of the same attributes as the Sport 240, only it's less powerful and set up to be more track-ready. It has a front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser, and side floor extension. It produces 66 kilograms of downforce at 100 mph and 155 kilograms at its top speed of 154 mph.

Lotus has given the model new 10-spoke diamond cut ultra-lightweight M Sport forged wheels (16-inch in the front and 17-inch in the rear) wrapped in Yokohama tires. The car's other standard equipment includes Bilstein sport dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars, a lithium-ion battery, and polycarbonate rear window.

Lotus Exige Sport 390 Final Edition

Lotus Exige Sport 390 Final Edition

Lotus has given each Final Edition a new set of standard features, including unique paint options.

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Buyers of the Exige Final Editions get options similar to what is available for the Elise Final Editions. They all come with the new TFT digital display, Final Edition plaque, fresh paint options, new seat trim and stitch patterns, and new wheels.

Each Exige is powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 that is paired with a bonded aluminum chassis, unique rear subframe, forged aluminum double wishbone rear suspension, unassisted steering, and baffled sump to deliver a pure driving experience.

The new Exige Sport 390 replaces the outgoing Exige Sport 350. It has 47 brake horsepower more than the Sport 350 and can accelerate from a stop to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The car has a top speed of 172 mph.

Aerodynamics allow the car to get 70 kilograms of downforce at the rear and 45 kg up front at top speed. The whole rig rides on 10-spoke silver lightweight forged alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin PS4 tires.

Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition

Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition

The Exige Sport 420 Final Edition has more horsepower and is more track-ready than its predecessor.

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Powered by a supercharged and charge cooled V6 engine, the Exige Sport 420 Final Edition has a 10 brake horsepower increase over the outgoing Sport 410 making it the fastest Exige available. The car can get from zero to 60 mpg in 3.3 seconds.

Each Sport 420 comes equipped with front and rear Eibach anti-roll bars, three-way adjustable Nitron dampers, 10-spoke anthracite lightweight forged alloy wheels (17-inch in front and 18-inch in the rear), and AP Racing brakes with forged four-piston calipers and two-piece J-hook brake discs.

Lotus Exige Cup 430 Final Edition

The Cup 430 remains the range-topping Exige. Its engine delivers 430 brake horsepower and is capable of generating 171 kilograms of downforce. The Exige Cup 430 generates as much downforce at 100mph as the Exige Sport 390 does at 170mph

It can complete getting from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mpgh.

Every car comes with motorsport-grade carbon fibre panels include the front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, enlarged air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and race-derived rear wing. Lotus has revised the car's steering arm geometry to increase bump steer, while drivers can alter the car's driving characteristics via the Nitron three-way adjustable dampers and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are fitted to ultra-lightweight 10-spoke diamond cut lightweight forged alloy wheels (17-inch in the front and 18-inch in the rear). Braking power is provided by forged four-piston AP Racing brake calipers and two-piece J-hook brake discs.

A high-flow titanium exhaust system is also standard.

Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition

The Lotus Exige Sport 420 Final Edition has a top speed of 180 mph.

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Pricing

Each model is on sale now. The Elise Sport 240 has a U.K. price tag of £45,500 and the Elise Cup 250 comes in at £50,900. The Exige Sport 390 is priced at £64,000 while the Exige Sport 420 sits a bit higher at £79,900. The highest priced of the models is the Exige Cup 430, which wears a £100,600 price tag. All prices include VAT. International pricing is available from local dealers.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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