Lotus Elise Purist Edition: Cheaper, BetterS

With auto companies across the board seeing slumping sales, Lotus has announced the "Purist Edition" Lotus Elise. For just $43,955 you get everything you need and nothing you don't. Brilliant.

The Elise Purist Edition will come in with a price of $43,995, undercutting the base Elise which starts at $47,250. If you consider the included options, it's practically a steal. It comes with the 190 HP 1.8 liter Toyota four cylinder, leather seats, a leather Momo steering wheel, an in-dash CD player with four speakers, floor mats and sound deadening along with air conditioning and a starter button — basically the bare minimum of what you want if you're a Lotus buyer.

Unfortunately, color options are limited to red, white and yellow. We'd have liked to see good old British Racing Green in there, but it's a minor grievance when we're talking about a brand spankin' new Lotus. By removing the options we don't really need and leaving the bare minimum for regular comfort, this may be the best non-SC Elise you can get. For the complete spec sheet, click here while we head down to our local Lotus dealer for no good reason. [Lotus Enthusiast]