The Lotus lineup remains relatively small – particularly in North America, sans the Elise and Exige since 2012 – with a continued mandate on building characteristically driver-focused cars. Under ownership and guidance from Geely Auto Group, the British automaker is taking its niche to the next level, recently unveiling the Lotus Evija; their 2,000 horsepower, $2.1 million USD, electric hypercar. On the Lotus news front that is about the most exciting thing to happen in the world of Lotus in decades. We expect to see the production Evija in 2021 and are very excited.
Here, we’ve compiled all the information – including starting prices, performance specs and reviews – on every current Lotus model available for purchase.
The aforementioned Evija is currently open for orders and is set to begin production sometime in 2020. The Evora continues to be the only model available in all the markets Lotus participates in, acting as the brand’s flagship model for at least the interim. Likewise, the Elise and Exige – both in the third generation of their respective models – remain largely unchanged. They are currently only available in (most) markets outside of North America, but are set to make a return to the Western hemisphere sometime in 2020, when the next generation of these cars are slated for release.
Needless to say, we are very excited to see what the Lotus brand has in store for us over the next year, with the Evija and new Elise and Exige set to debut, in principle. We also hope that the new foreign ownership and investment will galvanize the automaker, without fundamentally altering its race-bred DNA.
Late Breaking News (Jan 25th 2021): Lotus confirmed on Monday production of its current lineup, consisting of the Elise, Exige, and Evora, will come to an end in 2021. The trio of cars will be replaced by a "new series of sports cars," according to the company. The first, codenamed Type 131, will go into production this year.