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Lotus Elise

(2010 - present)

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 numerous 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.

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

Launched: Spring 2010
Last updated: Autumn 2017
Replacement due: 2020

  • Lotus Elise Cup 250 – interior and dashboard | The Car Expert
  • Lotus Elise Sport 220 – front view | The Car Expert
  • Lotus Elise Sport 220 – rear view | The Car Expert
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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.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lotus Elise has received


  • Autocar Awards – Icon of Icons Award

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