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Lotus Elise

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The Lotus Elise is a lightweight, mid-engined, two-seat roadster. The current model is known as the Series 3 and has been in production since 2010, although it is a direct evolution of the original Elise launched back in 1996.

As of 2019, the Elise is available in two configurations: the Sport 220 and the Cup 250. The standard model is already fairly spartan, but the Cup model is even harder-edged and aimed more at track day enthusiasts. There have also been countless limited-edition models over the years.

Being a very focussed driver’s car, the Lotus Elise has been universally praised for its driving dynamics. However, the other compromises required to achieve this have inevitably resulted in mixed reviews from the motoring media. Enthusiast titles like Evo and Car have given it outstanding scores, while consumer titles have marked it much more harshly.

The Lotus Elise will finally end production in 2021 after 25 years. To mark the occasion, Lotus launched one last limited-edition model, the Final Edition, in either Sport 240 or Cup 250 variants.

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Key specifications

Body style: Two-door roadster
Engine: petrol
Price: From £41,655 on-road

Launched: Spring 2010
Last updated: Autumn 2017
Replacement due: 2021

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Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The Lotus Elise has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP and given its tiny sales volumes, it’s not likely to be. If it does, we’ll include the results here.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

Likewise, the Lotus has not been lab tested by Green NCAP, and we don’t expect it ever will be.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lotus Elise has received

2019

  • Autocar Awards – Icon of Icons Award

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