I have a bone to pick with the Lotus Elise. Despite not having been sold in the United States for years now, and despite not having changed much since going on sale in the early 2000s, they have held their value here pretty consistently for the past few years. This is bullshit. Bring on the cheap used Elises, already.
Here at Jalopnik, we love seeing some really crazy builds. Cars are largely very boring these days, so anything that comes along that makes us stop and go, huh, is appreciated. Today’s spectacle? A BMW V10 engine stuffed into a Lotus Elise. Hell. Yes.
As we slog through another miserable day, it’s not hard to look around and wonder what good there is left. What light remains upon this troubled Earth? Does not an ever-gloomier cloud cover the sky above? Perhaps. But things aren’t all bad; the Lotus Elise exists.
In the early 2000s, Lotus (the world’s pluckiest car company) built a turbocharged mid-engine convertible for General Motors (the world’s least plucky car company) called the Speedster. The problem is now nobody can exactly agree why. So we talked to Lotus and got to the bottom of it.
The fundamental idea of Lotus cars is to be made as cheaply as possible. No wait, that’s not it. To have as old an engine as possible. No, wrong. Oh right, it’s to be as light as possible. And a new limited-edition Elise does that perfectly, weighing in at 1,982 pounds.
I am a woman of simple tastes. Take a simple car, make it lighter, and add some purposeful looking aerodynamics and you have my attention. The new Lotus Elise Race 250 looks like all that is right with racecars—and Lotus says it’s their fastest racing Elise yet.
Look at the goofy grin of the Lotus Elise Cup 250. It looks like it’s having fun. And it’s having fun because it has the performance of a genuine giant-killer on the track. It takes immense pleasure in making light work of trackday amateurs.
The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will reach sixty in 3.9 seconds while its top speed is at 154 mph. Lotus will only build 200 units per year, probably because they don’t have enough space for storing more of those GT3-style diffusers.
Brothers, sisters, rejoice! The wail of a new Lotus Elise and a new Lotus Exige are both on the horizon! Listen closely, listen carefully, and then listen a lot – a whole big lot – more longer. Keep listening. And listening. For years. Because the Lotus CEO said that while we are getting two new Lotii to replace the…
[Lotus is celebrating 20 years of the Elise with a limited edition that's 22 pounds lighter because what else is Lotus going to do?]
What happens when you have a toe link failure flat out at 110 mph? Uh, it's not great.
Tesla makes the best automotive easter eggs, from stereos that go to 11 to hidden little features in its massive 17-inch display. But this? This just wins.
[As the years wear on, the first-gen Elise looks ever more like a verified classic. Photo: Lotus]
When you were a kid, you wanted to own a race car. Then you grew up and realized that your hip hurts when you get out of bed in the morning and you're not a millionaire. Fortunately for you, your good friend depreciation has made it possible to buy this Lotus Elise, an exotic race car for the streets, for the…
LionZoo got a rare opportunity to drive a Lotus Elise back-to-back with an NB Mazda Miata. What did each car do well? Let's find out.
TRACK DAY, BRO. What did you bring, a Lotus Elise? I guess that's fine, if your idea of a track day is taking a nice nap. Me, I'm coming in this: the Lotus Elise S Cup, the most extreme road-going Elise ever.
Reason 8,598,477 to lose faith in humanity: A man once woke up in the morning and said to himself, "Today I'm going to give my Lotus Elise a paint job with flaming electric blue playing cards."
The Lotus Elise is now a $30,000 car that looks like a rich man's ride. That puts it on a strange border of being an exotic to some, a regular car to others, as Regular Car Reviews will now demonstrate.
The Lotus Elise is one of the smallest cars in all of the land. One thing that is smaller is an AC Cobra from Pocket Classics. Here's what happens when they race.