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Colin Chapman was a canny Brit whose credo was that simplicity, lightness, and streamlining wins the race. After a modest start in the late 1940s souping-up tiny Austin Sevens, he formed Lotus Cars in 1952 and won fame with aluminum-bodied sports-racers that proved giant-killers despite small engines and somewhat fragile natures. Lotus soon expanded into road cars with the stark, speedy Seven roadster, followed in 1959 by the elegant Elite coupe, the world’s first production car with fully unitized fiberglass construction. But the Elan would showcase Chapman’s philosophy that lighter is better.

In 1962, Chapman changed the shape of racing with rear-engine Formula 1 and Indianapolis cars. They made Lotus the decade’s dominant power in international open-wheel competition. That same year brought an equally revolutionary roadgoing Lotus, the Elan. Like the Elite, it was a petite fiberglass-bodied two-seater with a front four-cylinder engine, all-disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and all-coil independent suspension with rear MacPherson struts. Also per Lotus tradition, the Elan was sold in both assembled and kit form (the latter avoiding high taxes in Britain).

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Lotus Evija

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Lotus Evija (Lotus 130)

2020 – 

Lotus Evija is a production electric hypercar limited to 130 units. It has four electric motors for a combined total output of 1,970 hp and 1,254 lb/ft of torque.

Lotus Evora

Years: 2010-Present / Engine: 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE V6, 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE Supercharged V6 / Wheelbase: 101.4 in (2,575 mm)/ Length: 171 in (4,350 mm) / Width: 72.8 in (1,848 mm) / Height: 48.4 in (1,229 mm) / Weight: 1,248 kg (2,751 lb)-1,442 kg (3,179 lb)

The Lotus Evora  was the first all-new Lotus for nearly 15 years. It was built to take on the likes of the Porsche Cayman and 911 and when it launched in 2009 as a 2010 MY car the world took notice. The Evora was the world’s only mid-engined 2+2. The Evora is constructed on a lightweight aluminum tub with an additional front crash structure also made from aluminum, along with a steel rear subframe which houses the drivetrain. The model was intended to be a more refined and practical version of the less-than-civilized Elise/Exige. Retaining the important characteristics which make a Lotus car unique, the Evora is a balanced, mid-engined, lightweight car that is a pleasure to drive with a profile that is undeniably made-in-Hethel. In 2012, the Evora received its first major refresh – significant at the time, as the Elise/Exige were phased out, making the Evora the only model in Lotus’ lineup. The car became likened and often compared to its direct competitor – the Porsche 911 Carrera.

See Our Ultimate Guide to the Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora GT

Evora GT

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2020 – Present

This car is made specifically for the North American market. You can get your hands on the most powerful street-legal Lotus available right now. Lotus also updated the exterior with front lip spoiler, wheel arch louvers, ducts behind the wheels, and a rear diffuser.

Lotus Evora GT410

Lotus Evora GT410

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2020 – Present

A driver’s car, but now optimized for better everyday use. The company added a GT410 version of the car that adds refinement to the model that wasn’t there before. More tech features and sound deadening too in addition to reworked suspension for a more comfortable ride.

Lotus Evora GT410 Sport

Evora GT410 Sport

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2018

To celebrate its 70th anniversary Lotus unveiled the new Evora GT410 Sport, a more subtle GT430. It takes the GT430’s basic shape and adds new composite front and rear body panels minus some of the 430’s higher downforce for a more-subtle shape.

Evora GT430 Sport

Evora GT430 Sport

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2017

It is one of the two trim levels for the GT430. It features a more aero dynamic body and removes the GT430s rear wing for smoother airflow and to reduce drag. The Sport weighs 10 kg less. Like the GT430 this is a really rare with a total of 60 units.

Lotus Evora GT430

Evora GT430

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2017

The ultimate Evora variant, the GT430. While the ‘GT430’ moniker correctly points out that this is the most powerful Lotus ever made at 430 horsepower, it is the less “in-your-face” details about the car which truly make it greater than the sum of its parts. The GT430 is a very serious car for very serious money.

Lotus Evora Sport 410

Evora Sport 410

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2017

It is one of the two trim levels for the GT430. It features a more aero dynamic body and removes the GT430s rear wing for smoother airflow and to reduce drag. The Sport weighs 10 kg less. Like the GT430 this is a really rare model with a total of 60 units being made. A rare, extreme, race-ready Lotus Evora.

Evora 400

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2016-Present

The Evora 400 was launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and replaced both the Evora and the Evora S in the model range for the 2016 MY. A new supercharger gets power up to 400 hp and thats 55 horsepower over the S model from 2014. It also gets lots of little tweaks across the board.

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Evora S

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2010-2015

In 2010, Lotus unveiled a new variant of the Evora which was much more focused and more powerful than the regular version, called the Evora S. It got a supercharger and it made a huge difference. Lotus also upgraded the exhaust, recalibrated the suspension to be more aggressive.

Evora

Evora

Lotus: Lotus 123 / Years: 2010-2015

The first Evora launched with 276 bhp and 252 lb ft of torque and its performance was on par with the Cayman. It was a smooth engine with lots of mid range pickup, making the Evora a fun car for backroads. Zero to 62mph took 5.1 sec and top speed was 162 mph. handling is the name of its game.

Evora Special Editions

Evora 414E Hybrid

Evora 414E Hybrid

2012

This is Lotus’s experimental 414E, an Evora-based serial hybrid. The 414E project has been funded by the UK taxpayer, via a share of the government’s Technology Strategy Board REEV project.

Evora S Carabinieri

Evora S Carabinieri

2011

Two specially equipped Lotus Evora S cars joined the Arma dei Carabinieri (which is actually a division of the Italian army) in Rome and Milan to provide rapid response and deliver essential emergency services.

Evora GTE Road Car

Evora GTE Road Car

2011

Like the race car but for the road, this homologation special was built to allow the Evora GTE to race under GT3 and LM GTE regulations. There were only 25 of these special editions built.

Lotus Elise

The Lotus Elise introduced a range of technologies that revolutionised the automotive industry; such as a chassis made from extruded and bonded aluminium, a composite energy absorbing front crash structure and lightweight composite body panels. The whole car weighed in at half the weight of an average family saloon. This light weight bestowed the car with phenomenal acceleration and handling. In 1996 the Lotus Elise was easily pulling 1g in steady state cornering with standard production tyres and a 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds.

The Elise was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 1995 before entering production with first deliveries in August 1996. That Elise introduced a range of technologies such as a chassis made from extruded and bonded aluminium, a composite energy absorbing front crash structure and lightweight composite body panels.

In 2000 Lotus introduced the second generation Elise. This evolutionary car, arguably one of the most important cars in Lotus’ fifty-two year history, added to the technology introduced on the Elise in 1996.

Series 1 Elise

Years: 1996–2001 / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Body style: 2-door roadster / Engine: 1.8 L Rover K-series Inline 4 / Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in) / Length: 3,726 mm (146.7 in) / Width: 1,719 mm (67.7 in) / Height: 1,202 mm (47.3 in) / Weight: 725 kg (1,598.4 lb) ~ 755 kg (1,664 lb)

Lotus Elise Series 1

Elise Series 1

Years: 1996-2001

The original Elise was designed as a sports car to be appreciated by real driving enthusiasts, fashion leaders and those who really appreciate technology and innovation. The whole car weighed in at half the weight of an average family saloon. This light weight bestowed the car with phenomenal acceleration and handling.

Lotus Elise 111S

Elise 111S

Years: 1999-2001

The original Elise, called the Series 1 was augmented by a faster edition called the 111S, named after the Lotus type-number of the Elise — M111. Powered by a more powerful 1.8-litre K series VVC engine, this sporty new derivative had a close-ratio gearbox and enhanced handling. The 111S also received some cosmetic changes.

Limited Edition Series 1 Elise Cars

Lotus Elise 135 Sport

Elise Sport 135

Years: 1998-1999

The 135 had more torque than either the standard car or the 111S. It was also available with a close-ratio gearbox, exhaust upgrade, cast iron, drilled brake discs, headlamp covers, driving lights, corbeau sport seats, racing steering wheel, and Sport 135 body graphics. Lotus modification to the K series engine with mildly ported head.

Elise Sport 160

Elise Sport 160

Years: 2000

An improved version of Sport 135, with 160 horsepower thanks to revised engine management and head changes. Performance derivative had fixed valve timing engine. WVTA versions require airbox modification and sport exhaust fitment for full power release. Other features include new engine controller, sport suspension and race wheels.

Elise Sport 190

Elise Sport 190

Years: 1999-2000

Sports suspension, VHPD engine producing 190 bhp, no rear grilles, rollcage, faired-in headlights. More competent on track with sports suspension, wheels and tyres. Powered by a factory-upgraded 1.8 liter Rover K-series inline-four mated to a short ratio 5-speed manual gearbox. A race car for the road.

50th Anniversary Edition Elise

50th Anniversary Edition Elise

Years: 1999

Celebrating 50 years of Lotus cars. Anniversary green with gold wheels, green/raffia leather seats. Floor mats, gold decals, Anniversary decal on rear transom. Limited Edition to celebrate the 1st Lotus ever produced in 1948 by Colin Chapman. A 50 anniversary sticker is just above the exhaust. Seats are in green and beige leather.

Lotus Elise 49

Type 49 Elise

Years: 1996-2001

A special edition Elise built to commemorate the great Type 49 grand prix car. The Elise 49 was painted with the same livery as the famous Lotus type 49 Grand Prix Formula One car (“Gold Leaf” red and white two-tone). Available based on either standard or 111S versions. All cars have gold painted 111S type road wheels.

Type 79 Elise

Type 79 Elise

Years: 1999

Available based on either standard or 111S versions, it was known as the “JPS” black/gold car. Had a black body color. All cars have gold painted grilles as follows; radiator air intake, radiator outlet, engine lid outlet, rear clamshell recess, engine bay intake. All cars have gold painted 111S type road wheels, black and gold Alcantara steering wheel.

Elise Millenium

Elise Millenium

Years: 2000

Available based on either standard or 111S versions. Atlantis Blue body colour. All cars have blue Alcantara steering wheel pad and sill trim panels, 111S type black leather seats with blue Alcantara centres. Standard versions also have 111S type road wheels, rear wheelarch spats and headlamp covers. A range of dealer fitted accessories.

Lotus 340R

340R

Years: 2000

The open-top 340R began as a concept car in 1998. Like its first-generation Elise brethren, the Lotus 340R adopted a 1.8-liter Rover K-series four-cylinder, which in “Very High Performance Derivative” equated to 177 horsepower and 126 lb-ft. of torque. With very little bodywork it was super light and very fast (0-60 in 4.5 seconds in the year 2000).

Elise GT1

Years: 1997-1998

Lotus wanted to go racing in Le Mans (stop me if you have heard this one before). Of course in the 1990s that meant at least one of the “racing” cars had to be road legal. Cue the Lotus GT1. The Lotus Elise GT1 utilized a production aluminum chassis with custom carbon fiber body. Out went the Elise’s inline-four, swapped for a monster twin-turbo 6.0-liter version of the C4 Corvette LT5 V8.

Series 2 Elise

Years: 2001-2011 / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Body style: 2-door roadster / Engine: 1.8 L Rover K-series I4, 1.8 L Toyota 1ZZ-FE I4, 1.8 L Toyota 2ZZ-GE I4 / Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in) / Length: 3,785 mm (149 in) / Width: 1,719 mm (67.7 in) / Height: 2002–07: 1,143 mm (45.0 in), 2008–2011: 1,117 mm (44.0 in) / Weight: 860 kg (1,896 lb) – 910 kg (2,006 lb)

Lotus Elise S2

Lotus S2 Elise

Years: 2000-2007

Series 2 Elise launched October 2000 was an updated Series 1 using a modified version of the Series 1 chassis to meet new European crash regulations. Same K-series engine with new Lotus ECU. Rated at 120 bhp.

Lotus Elise 111

Lotus S2 Elise 111

Years: 2002-2004

111 and 111S are basically the same car. They include a more powerful 156 hp VVC engine, closer ratio gearbox, new exhaust muffler with round tailpipes and flap valve; intake resonator box; oil/water heat exchanger.

Lotus Elise 111

Lotus S2 Elise 111 S

Years: 2002-2004

This car is identical to the 111 but features leather seats and trim, an upgraded stereo and carpets. The VVC engine and the close-ratio gearbox combine to give aggressive power delivery and rate of acceleration.

Lotus Elise 111R

Elise S2 111R (Federal Elise)

Years: 2004-2008

In 2004, Lotus took to bold move and brought the Elise overseas to America. At the same time they secured a deal with Toyota to power the new car with the same 2ZZ-GE engine from the Celica GT-S.

Elise 2008

Elise (2008)

Years: 2008-2011

Lotus continued to provide a naturally aspirated Elise producing 189 hp (141 kW). For 2008, the Lotus Elise gets revised gauges and a few new accessories. The Elise has the Lotus-tuned 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that incorporates variable cam timing and lift technology.

2008 Elise SC

Elise SC

Years: 2008-2011

This is the most powerful production version of the Elise to date with 217 hp. A new non-intercooled installation of the current Elise’s 1.8-litre 2-ZZ VVTL-i engine. It has sharp steering, quick responses, huge grip.

Lotus Elise S

Elise S (S2)

Years: 2007-2008

As the new entry-level car, the Elise S was not fastest Elise but the acceleration, performance and handling was class leading. Lotus shoehorned in a 1.8-liter Variable Valve Timing Toyota engine.

Lotus Elise R

Elise R

Years: 2008

The 111R renamed Elise R. Part of the US federalization program meant minor changes across the board to update the Elise.

Limited & Special Edition Series 2 Elise Cars

Elise S2 Sport 135

Elise S2 Sport 135

Years: 2002

The 135 upgrade kit gives the Elise 135 hp at 6,200 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm, 0-62 mph in 5.4 secs, 0-100 mph in 14.9 secs and a maximum speed of 129 mph.

Elise S2 Sport 190

Elise S2 Sport 190

Years: 2002

Each S2 Sport 190 car is tailor made by Lotus Motorsport and although not strictly road legal, by deleting certain standard items the car can be made road legal. A real peach of a performance car.

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Elise S2 Type 72

Years: 2002

The Elise Type 72 reflects the racing heritage of the Type 72 with the Black and Gold livery. The two gold heritage laurels on either side of the metallic Black bodywork, like those on the rear wing of the Type 72.

Elise Type 25 (S2)

Elise S2 Type 25

Years: 2002

The Lotus Elise Type 25 commemorates 40 years since the groundbreaking Type 25 won its first Grand Prix changing the racing world forever. Only 50 cars were made so it is super rare.

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Elise S2 Type 135R

Years: 2003

Developed by Lotus Sport and Performance in conjunction with the Lotus Ride and Handling team, the Lotus Sport Elise 135R has been designed to provide ultimate performance both on and off the track.

Lotus Elise S2 Type 23

Elise S2 Type 23

Years: 2003

Lotus Elise Heritage Type 23 this was simply as a new paint scheme and as a limited edition run.

Lotus Elise Sports Racer

Elise Sports Racer (S2)

Years: 2005

The Elise Sports Racer was a limited production run, across the two colours, of 199 units worldwide. With a modified Honda Celica engine producing a maximum power output of 189 hp.

Elise S2 Type 49

Elise S2 Type 49

Years: 2002

Limited edition: Only 100 cars (individually numbered) produced for the UK market, cars on sale in Europe and rest of the world are not limited. A unique heritage plate stating the limited edition number of your Type 49.

Elise S2 Type 99T

Elise S2 Type 99T

Years: 2003

The Lotus 99T F1 car was the last Lotus to ever win a Grand Prix. Painted in unique ‘Saffron Yellow’ the Elise Type 99T commemorates one of the most recognisable cars in the history of Formula One.

Lotus Type 72D

Elise S2 72D

Years: 2007

35th Anniversary Commemorative Edition. Collectible Edition memorializes the Lotus 72, the car that the legendary Emerson Fittipaldi proved unstoppable, winning five of eleven races in 1972. 50 made.

Elise S 40th Anniversary

Years: 2007-2008

Limited edition (50 cars) for Mainland Europe – the Lotus Elise S 40th Anniversary Limited Edition. Based on the entry-level Elise S it commemorates the 40th anniversary of production at Hethel in 2007.

Lotus Elise S2 California Special

Elise S2 California Special

Years: 2008

The 2008 Limited California Special Edition of the Lotus Elise features significant bodywork and trim upgrades designed specifically for the lifestyle market. Initially be offered in a limited quantity of 50 units.

Lotus Elise Type 25 Jim Clark Edition

Elise Type 25 Jim Clark

Years: 2008

In tribute to Jim Clark’s achievements, Lotus, in association with Classic Team Lotus, is produced the Clark Type 25 Elise SC. Limited to 50 units. Draws upon many styling cues from the Type 25 Formula 1 car in 1963.

Elise S2 Club Racer

Elise S2 Club Racer

Years: 2009

Lotus took four of the classic color schemes used by Lotus in the ’60s (Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky Blue and Old English White) and combined them with exclusive Club Racer interior design.

Elise S2 2-Eleven

Sport 2-Eleven

Years: 2007-2011

The car weighs 745kg when ready to drive and has 252 bhp from its supercharged and intercooled 1796 cc engine. The 2-Eleven uses a high-sided variant of the Elise’s chassis structure featuring epoxy bonded aluminium alloy extrusions with modified Exige S based running gear.

 

Series 3 Elise

Years: 2011-Present / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Body style: 2-door roadster / Engine: 1.6 L Toyota 1ZR-FAE I4, 1.8 L Toyota 2ZZ-GE I4, 1.8 L Toyota 2ZR-FE I4 / Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in) / Length: 3,824 mm (150.6 in) / Width: 1,719 mm (67.7 in) / Height: 1,117 mm (44.0 in) / Weight: 866 kg (1,909 lb) – 914 kg (2,015 lb)

Elise S3

Years: 2011

The 2011 Elise range got a design refresh as well as a number of technical improvements. The highlight was a new 1ZR-FAE 1.6 litre engine with Valvematic and Dual VVT-I technology to optimise the performance and efficiency of the engine and a new 6 speed close ratio gearbox. Several other interior and exterior updates came with it.

Elise S2 SC RGB Special

Elise SC RGB Special

Years: 2011

Made in celebration the legendary input of Roger Becker (RGB) who retired in January 2010 following 44 years of service. Lotus made a series of Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige sports cars in bespoke RGB Special Edition specification. Come with Touring and Sports packages and available in four colors.

Elise R

Years: 2011

1.8 liter, 4-cylinder engine with 194 hp and 133 ft.-lbs. of torque. The North American model also gets additional updates like the evolution body design incorporating new front clamshell, rear bumper and engine cover and the new 6 speed close ratio gearbox. Also available with Touring Pack and Sports pack. The last US Elise.

Elise SC

Years: 2011

The 2011 Elise range for the US and Canadian markets also got the Lotus Elise SC with its 1.8 liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine with 218 hp and 156 ft.-lbs. The sweetest ride and best performing Elise in the range in our opinion. Lots of updates like the R and base Elise also in terms of design and upgrade options.

Elise SC Final Edition

Years: 2011

With only 15 units made, this final edition is rare. It has a supercharged 217 bhp engine, exclusive matte black paint detailing on the rear transom panel, roll hoop cover, hardtop and door mirror housings and an unprecedented level of standard equipment, this “Final” Elise makes a striking statement. Available in only four colors.

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Elise S

Years: 2012

The ‘S’ designation now only applies to supercharged models in the Lotus range, and this Elise comes with a suitably blown 1.8-litre engine. The supercharged engine – a Toyota-sourced four-cylinder, as we’re used to with modern-day Elises – produces 1bhp less but 28 lb/ft more than the unit in the previous-generation Elise SC.

Elise Club Racer

Years: 2012

The engineers behind the Elise Club Racer took a stripped-to-the-bare-bone approach. For the first time ever an Elise variant comes complete with a Sport setting for the DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) allowing even the less experienced sports car drivers to feel at the top of their game.

Lotus Elise 220 Cup

Elise Cup 220

Years: 2015-Present

At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Lotus revealed a high performance version of the Elise called the Cup 220. The Cup 220 is a more track focused and hardcore version of the standard Elise. A redesigned, lighter, front clam panel with wider apertures for improved cooling, saves 8.7kg and there are lots of other weight saving initiatives.

Elise Sprint

Elise Sprint

Years: 2017-2018

New iteration of handbuilt Lotus sports car launched with Sprint edition. Sprint adds carbon fiber to cut 41 kg and hit 798 kg dry weight. New front and rear design, and significant interior upgrades. Part of the regular lineup. Biggest weight cut to the car since the introduction of the first-generation Elise.

Elise Sprint 220

Elise Sprint 220

Years: 2017-2018

New iteration of handbuilt Lotus sports car launched with Sprint edition. Sprint adds carbon fiber to cut 41 kg and hit 798 kg dry weight. New front and rear design, and significant interior upgrades. Part of the regular lineup. Biggest weight cut to the car since the introduction of the first-generation Elise. The 220 gets more power.

Lotus Elise Sport 220

Elise Sport 220

Years: 2017-Present

The Elise Sport 220 builds on the many celebrated Elise virtues, blending agility, power, balance and communication into one compact expression of pure driving joy. It is the current base model available. The entry level Elise is still near perfect.

Special Edition Series 3 Elise Cars

Elise Cup 250 GP Edition

Years: 2018

It wouldn’t be a proper Lotus celebration without the traditional colours of black and gold, which have been applied to the Lotus Elise 250 Cup GP Edition inside and out. Echoing the Team Lotus 72 F1 car, the exterior has gold, accents and wheels that are set against the black base colour, while in the cabin you’ll find plenty of gold-stitch.

Elise Cup 260

Elise Cup 260

Years: 2018

Newest Lotus Elise is basically a race car with license plates. The Elise Cup 260 is an evolution of the 250, using carbon fiber parts and polycarbonate backlit glass to shave nearly 150 pounds for a dry weight of just 1900 pounds. Output from the Toyota-sourced supercharged four-cylinder grows slightly to 250 horsepower.

Lotus Elise 250 Cup

Elise Cup 250 (2017)

Years: 2017-2018

A new version of the Elise’s most popular model, the Cup 250. A massive 23 kg lighter than its predecessor, with lightweight options including a Carbon Aero pack, front access panel, roll hoop cover and engine cover to take this to 40 kg, providing even more blistering performance.

Elise 250 Special Edition

Elise 250 Special Edition

Years: 2016-2017

Based on the Elise Cup 250 but featuring a raft of exclusive components as standard. 50th anniversary edition celebrates founding of Hethel site. Hand finished, with lightweight carbon components as standard. 899 kg kerb weight delivers pure and precise driving experience. A gem of a car.

Elise Race 250

Years: 2016-2017

Specifically developed by Lotus’ famous Motorsport division the car has benefited through the company’s ‘Lightweight Laboratory’. A Lithium Ion battery saves 10 kg, carbon race seats save another 6 kg. Ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels as well as other lightweight options abound. The Elise Race 250 weighs less than 900 kg.

Elise Cup 250

Years: 2016-2017

In 2017 Lotus launched their fastest Elise yet, the Lotus Elise Cup 250. Bred for the track but brilliant on the road, the Elise Cup 250 uses highly advanced aero to generate 148 kg of downforce at its maximum speed of 154 mph. 1.8-liter supercharged engine is good for 245 bhp and 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs. Only 200 to be made.

Elise S 20th Anniversary Special (1)

Elise S 20th Anniversary

Years: 2015

Celebratory 20th Anniversary Special Edition Elise. Special edition, based on the Elise S Club Racer, including classic Elise colour schemes, weight reduced by 10 kg and 20th Anniversary decals externally and on dashboard stereo blanking-plate. This model replaces the Elise S Club Racer.

Lotus 3-Eleven

Lotus 3-Eleven

2016-Present

Lotus 3-Eleven is designed as an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit. With a dry weight of below 900 kg it offers a power to weight ratio over 500 hp per tonne.

 

Lotus Exige

Lotus Exige: The coupé version of the Elise which is in production since 2000. Currently the Exige has a variety of variants ranging from the 375 PS (276 kW; 370 hp) Sport 350 to the 430 PS (316 kW; 424 hp) Cup 430. All variants of the Exige feature the Supercharged Toyota DOHC V6 from the Lotus Evora.

Series 1 Exige

Years: 2000-2002 / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Body style: 2-door coupe / Engine: 1.8 L Rover K-series I4 / Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in) / Length: 3,785 mm (149 in) / Width: 1,719 mm (67.7 in) / Height: 1,143 mm (45 in) / Weight: 725 kg (1,598.4 lb) ~ 755 kg (1,664 lb)

   

2000 Lotus Exige

Exige (S1)

Years: 2000-2002

The original Exige was launched in 2000 with a naturally aspirated 1.8 L Rover K Series Inline-four engine in VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) tune. It produces 177 bhp (132 kW; 179 PS) at 7,800 rpm in standard form. There was also a “track spec” version with 190 bhp. The car has a five-speed manual gearbox.

Series 2 Exige

Years: 2004-2011 / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Body style: 2-door coupe / Engine: 1,796 cc Toyota 2ZZ-GE Inline 4, 1,796 cc Toyota 2ZZ-GE Supercharged I4 / Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in) / Length: 3,795 mm (149.5 in) / Width: 1,727 mm (68 in) / Height: 1,163 mm (45.8 in) / Weight: 930 kg (2,050 lb)

2004 Lotus Exige

Exige (S2)

Years: 2004–2006

After an absence from the marketplace for 2 years, Lotus is reintroducing the Lotus Exige. The second generation Exige, unveiled as a world debut at the Geneva Motorshow in 2004. Better in every way.

Lotus Sport Exige

Lotus Sport Exige

Years: 2005

The Lotus designed and engineered racecar was partly manufactured by RTN, the team responsible for the Le Mans winning Bentley. This one-off racecar has been built for a South East Asian client.

Lotus Sport Exige 240R

Exige 240R

Years: 2005

Lotus Sport, the performance division of Lotus Cars Ltd., has developed the Lotus Sport Exige 240R, a limited edition high performance sports car with total production limited at fifty examples.

exige espionage

Exige Espionage

Years: 2005

Based on the standard 189 hp Lotus Exige, the coupé sports car combines the elegant sophistication of the Gieves & Hawkes collection with the engineering ingenuity and style of the high performance sports car.

Exige GT3 prototype

Exige GT3 prototype

Years: 2005

A prototype of the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 race car was unveiled at the annual FIA GT Championship presentation ceremony outside the world famous Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco on 02 December, 2005.

Lotus Exige S

Exige S

Years: 2006 – 2008

With 121.4 bhp per liter it was one of most powerful production cars in the world for its engine size. Because the basic car is so immensely strong but lightweight 2057 lbs, it has a power to weight ratio of 233.2 bhp/ton.

Lotus Exige Cup

Exige Cup / Exige Cup 240

Years: 2006

Developed two higher performance versions of the 2006 Model Year Lotus Exige, the Lotus Exige Cup and the Lotus Exige Cup 240, both developed for track use straight out of the box.

Exige S 265E

Exige S 265E

Years: 2006

Lotus Engineering, the engineering consultancy division of Group Lotus Plc has developed a bio-ethanol E85 research vehicle. The Exige 265E is quicker than a Ferrari F430 yet produces less CO2 than a Ford Focus.

Lotus Exige S British GT Special Edition

Lotus Exige S British GT

Years: 2006

The car that replicates the race colors of 019 as raced by Lotus Sport Cadena and celebrates the winning of the British GT Championship. The car pays homage to the success of the Exige GT3 race car.

Exige Cup 255

Exige Cup 255

Years: 2007

Road car ready for track use. Building upon the success enjoyed by the Exige Cup 240 during the 2006 season, the Exige Cup 255 presents Lotus’ most radical ‘road to track’ offering yet.

Lotus Sport Exige GT3 Concept

Exige GT3 Roadcar Concept

Years: 2007

The Lotus Exige S is the latest addition to the Exige range and is a real sports car that redefines the term Extreme Performance. With 121.4 bhp per liter it is one of most powerful production cars in the world.

Lotus Exige S Club Racer

Exige S Club Racer

Years: 2008

For 2008 Lotus Cars released its latest limited edition – the exciting “Club Racer”, a visually distinctive version of the Exige S. 25 limited edition Club Racers were made, paying homage to its racing heritage.

Exige S 240

Exige S 240

Years: 2008–2011

In 2008, the Exige S was replaced by the Exige S 240. Power output increased to 240 bhp. The S 240 also received upgraded AP Racing brakes from the Exige Cup 240. 0-60 mph improved to 4.0 seconds.

Lotus Exige Sprint

Exige S Sprint

Years: 2008

Lotus Cars has taken one of the most recognisable and iconic Lotus colour schemes from the early 1970s and reintroduced it for the first time with the limited edition Exige Sprint. Just 40 Sprints were made.

Lotus Sport Exige Cup 260

Exige Cup 260

Years: 2008

A direct development of the 2007 Exige Cup Car, this year’s car has a revised engine management system to take the maximum power output to 257 hp (260 PS), up by nearly 5 hp (5 PS) over last year.

Exige Cup 270E Tri-Fuel

Exige Cup 270E Tri-Fuel

Years: 2008

The Lotus Exige 270E Tri-fuel is the most powerful road version yet of the Exige and it runs on any mixture of gasoline, bioethanol and methanol. 0-60 mph is only 3.88 seconds and top speed is 158 mph.

Exige Cup 260 2009

Exige Cup 260

Years: 2009

A direct development of the 2008 Exige Cup Car it uses advanced light weight components and carbon fibre body material, to reduce the overall weight by 38 kg to a total mass < 900 kg. Max power is 257 hp.

2010 Lotus Exige S240

Exige S 240

Years: 2010 – 2011

The 2010 Exige S240 introduces a few key enhancements to update the appearance and improve aerodynamic performance. A restyled front end and new larger, low drag rear wing, not only reduces drag.

Exige Cup 260 2010 (1)

Exige Cup 260

Years: 2010

The latest Exige Cup 260 takes the 38 kg weight savings introduced in the last years model, combines them with the extensive body and aerodynamic improvements introduced on the 2010 MY.

Lotus Exige Stealth/Scura

Exige Scura/Stealth

Years: 2009

Translated as ‘dark’ from Italian, the name ‘Scura’ reflects the stealth character of this already fierce looking Lotus and its stunning soft-feel matt black paint finish. Limited to just 35 cars globally.

Lotus Exige S Type 72

Exige S Type 72

Years: 2010

The Lotus Exige S Type 72 celebrates the most successful F1 car of all time, the Lotus Type 72 Formula One car, which achieved 20 Grand Prix victories between 1970 and 1975. Recognizable from its color scheme.

Lotus Sport Exige S 

Years: 2009

this special edition celebrates 10 years of Lotus Sport. With Performance Pack as standard it makes use of carbon exterior components, including front splitter, side pods and rear wing. Only 10 made.

Exige S RGB Special Edition

Exige S RGB Special Edition

Years: 2010

Made in celebration the legendary input of Roger Becker (RGB) who retired in January 2010 following 44 years of service. Lotus made a series of Lotus Exige sports cars in bespoke RGB Special Edition specification.

Lotus Exige Matte Black

Exige Matte Black Final Edition

Years: 2011

This final edition has a supercharged and intercooled 257bhp engine, exclusive matte black paint finish, black Alacantara sport seats and a high level of standard equipment. Only 25 made for North American market.

Exige S 260 Final Edition

Exige S 260 Final Edition

Years: 2011

Comes with a supercharged and intercooled 257bhp engine and a high level of standard equipment, available in the full array of Lotus exterior colors. Only 30 built for the North American market.


Series 3 Exige

Years: 2012-Present / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Body style: 2-door coupe / Engine: 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE Supercharged V6 Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in) / Length: 3,797 mm (149.5 in) / Width: 1,727 mm (68 in) / Height: 1,158 mm (45.6 in) / Weight: 914 kg (2,015 lb) ~ 1,176 kg (2,593 lb)

Lotus Exige S (Series 3)

Exige S V6

Years: 2012-2015

The new Exige, introduced at the IAA in Frankfurt in September 2011. The dramatic styling overhaul sees a completely new look for the Exige. The engine was upgraded to a supercharged V6 supplied from Toyota.

Lotus Exige R-GT

Exige R-GT

Years: 2012

What better way to demonstrate Lotus’ superior ride and handling than by re-entering the adrenaline filled Rally Championships? The Exige R-GT will participate in the FIA GT category of the Rally Championship.

Exige S V6 Roadster

Years: 2013-2016

Exige S Roadster combines its coupé twin’s mesmerizing grunt and handling with an open air experience that makes the driver feel all the more at one with the road. First time the Exige was offered with a soft top.

Lotus Exige V6 Cup

Exige V6 Cup

Years: 2013-2015

There are two variants: a Track Day version priced at £62,995* and a full-on Competition-spec car starting at £74,995*. As always the Cup cars are new track-focused models.

Lotus Exige V6 Cup R

Exige V6 Cup R

Years: 2013-2016

The pure race-bred sibling the Exige V6 Cup car is the epic Cup R. Not clear? The Exige V6 Cup is a track oriented version of the Exige S while the Exige Cup R is the track-only version of Exige V6 Cup.

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Exige V6 360 Cup

Years: 2015-Present

Limited to 50 examples, Lotus Exige 360 Cup was revealed on 14 August 2015. The car is powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged Toyota V6 delivering 355 hp. It has several updates versus the earlier model.

2015 Exige S Club Racer

Exige S Club Racer

Years: 2015-Present

Club Racer ethos applied to searingly quick Exige S. Weight reduced by 15 kg. A choice of four exterior colours – Exige Orange, Metallic White, Metallic Yellow, Matt Black (option).

Exige Sport 350

Exige Sport 350

Years: 2015-Present

The new Exige Sport 350 is the next model in the range to mark the reintroduction of the renowned ‘Sport’ naming designation. It delivers a lighter and even more performance-focused driving experience.

Exige Sport 350 Roadster

Exige Sport 350 Roadster

Years: 2016-Present

The new Exige Sport 350 is the next model in the range to mark the reintroduction of the renowned ‘Sport’ naming designation. It delivers a lighter and even more performance-focused driving experience.

Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition

Exige V6 350 SE (Special Edition)

Years: 2016

Final anniversary edition celebrating 50 years at Hethel. Based on the exceptional Exige Sport 350. Distinctive lightweight options as standard, saving 26 kg. Delivers 314 hp/tonne benchmark performance.

Exige Sport 380

Exige Sport 380

Years: 2016-Present

The Exige Sport 380 is faster, lighter and more powerful than the previous Exige iterations. To date, the Exige Sport 380 is the fastest sports car that comes with a Hethel V6 engine. Supercar performance.

Exige Race 380

Exige Race 380

Years: 2017

Track only version of the Exige Sport 380. Weight reduced from 1066 kg to 998 kg. No headlights, airbags, glass windows and a proper instrument cluster. Downforce has increased to 240 kg total at 170mph.

Lotus Exige Cup 380

Exige Cup 380

Years: 2016-Present

Without equal and without compromise, the ballistic new Exige Cup 380 coupe provides the perfect balance between fully type approved road car and genuine race car to deliver the ultimate track-and-back Lotus.

Exige Cup 430

Exige Cup 430

Years: 2017-Present

Unlimited in every sense, the new series production Exige Cup 430 is Lotus’ wildest incarnation of its fire-breathing, point-to-point two-seater sports car. New engine and supercharger up performance a lot.

Exige 70th Anniversary

Exige 70th Anniversary

Years: 2018

Production of the Lotus Exige 70th Edition was limited to 40 examples and it was available in either 350 Sport or 380 Sport guise. Buyers had the choice between three colour schemes with ‘Lotus 70’ in places.

Lotus Exige Sport 410

Exige Sport 410

Years: 2018-Present

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 boasts a recalibrated version of the ubiquitous supercharged Toyota 3.5L V6 engine. Class-leading power to weight ratio of 389 hp/tonne. Available in both coupe and roadster configurations.

Lotus Europa S

Years: 2006-2010 / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel drive / Engine: 2.0 L Turbocharged Inline 4 / Wheelbase: 2,330 mm (91.7 in) / Length: 3,900 mm (153.5 in) / Width: 1,850 mm (72.8 in) / Height: 1,120 mm (44.1 in) / Curb weight: 995 kg (2,194 lb) / Units Made: 456

The Lotus Europa S was a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater. It was designed to be more a touring and cruising car with the same Lotus driving DNA Too. It had higher levels of practicality and refinement to complement the simplicity of the Elise and Exige models. While it was just 995 kg and had a decent engine, the car just wasn’t that good and it sold poorly. An mid-life update called the SE was a big improvement but by that stage the Europa S’s fate was sealed.

Lotus Europa S

Europa S

Lotus: 121 / Years: 2006-2008

The new Lotus Europa S, a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater will provide Lotus customers with a spectacular sportscar with significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability. The reviews were weak and the car never sold well. A disappointment.

Lotus Europa SE

Europa SE

Lotus: 121 / Years: 2008-2010

Weak sales of the Europa S meant Lotus went back to work and created the Europa SE, which ended up replacing the S. It had an upgraded engine, new cast alloy wheels, upgraded suspension and brakes. The interior and exterior were also tweaked. It was a better package.

Lotus Carlton/Omega

Years: 1990-1992 / Engine: 3.6 L twin-turbocharged inline 6 / Wheelbase: 2,730 mm (107.5 in) / Weight: 1,655 kg (3,649 lb) / Units Made: 950 / Power: 377 hp @ 5,200 rpm / Torque: 419 lb/ft @ 4,200 rpm / Top Speed: 176 mph / 0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds

When Opel and Vauxhall wanted to improve the image of their platform car, they called Lotus. Lotus used the Vauxhall Carlton 3.0 GSi 24v as a base for the car, improving almost every component. As expected, Lotus spent a lot of time reworking the suspension, brakes and aerodynamics. This super-tuned saloon offered the the fastest four-door experience in 1989. It was leaps and bounds ahead of the competition which included the BMW M5.

Vauxhall-Lotus Carlton

Lotus Carlton

Lotus: 104 / Years: 1990–1992

Known as Type 104 internally, this was way more than just a tuned version of the Opel/Vauxhall saloon. It had true Lotus DNA and the result was one of the most engaging and fast saloons of the 1990s.

 

Lotus Elan

In October 1962, the Lotus Elan sports car, also known as the Type 26, was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in London as the Elan 1500. Colin Chapman visualised the Elan as being a replacement for the Lotus Seven and the Elite, built as a glass fibre monocoque construction. By the time it reached the prototype stage, it was agreed that it would incorporate a steel backbone chassis construction, which meant that the Elan would be not only light and rigid, but also much easier to manufacture than its predecessor. The innovative folded-steel backbone chassis stiffened the shell while adding a minimum of extra weight. With light and tactile steering as well as soft, long-travel suspension the combination was that the Elan one of the best-handling cars ever, with a compliant ride too. It had all-disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and all-coil independent suspension with rear MacPherson struts. For the engine, it used a new dual-overhead camshaft conversion of its new oversquare small ‘four’ and this Lotus 1558cc engine, developing 105 hp at 5,700 rpm.

The Elan evolved over a dozen years, gaining a bit more power, a companion coupe, and nicer appointments, even siring a stretched “+2” coupe series. The final (of the original) version, the 1971-74 Sprint, was arguably the best, thanks to its 126-hp “Big Valve” engine. As Elan models (Series) advanced, it was hard to tell what components a specific Elan would come with. Sometimes old stock was used up in new models, and sometimes new stock was used to finish out an old model run. And sometimes major component change would occur in the middle of a series.

Elan 1500

Elan 1500 (S1)

Lotus: Type 26 / 1962 – 1964

The Elan was the first Lotus sports car to combine a steel chassis with a fibreglass body. 22 1500cc Elans were produced. After the S2 was released the Elan 1500 and 1600 models were typically referred to as the S1.

Elan 1600 (S1)

Lotus: Type 26 / 1962 – 1964

After just 22 cars the engine was enlarged and the car was re-designated the Elan 1600. Under the hood is the “1600” version of the Lotus double overhead cam conversion for the English Ford 116-E. Optional hardtop was offered.

Lotus Elan S2

Elan S2

Lotus: Type 26 / 1962 – 1964

Most S1 faults were overcome when the Elan Series 2 was launched. The Series 2 were fitted with larger disc brakes and an uprated interior. The earliest S2 cars were hard to distinguish from S1 except for those interior changes.

Lotus Elan S2 SE

Elan S2 SE

Lotus: Type 26 / 1966

Elan Special Equipment (SE) models were launched, fitted with the latest 118 bhp Twin Cam engine. Slightly more powerful and luxurious this model is the prized early one. It was heavier and with more interior appointments.

Elan S3

Elan S3

Lotus: Type 36 & 45 / 1966 – 1968

Both Types, 36 & 45, were offered initially in S3 form. Elans were originally built as Roadsters, but a FHC was offered from 1965 with the S3 model. The S3 interiors had electric windows and permanent window frames.

Elan S3 SE

Lotus: Type 36 & 45 / 1966 – 1968

The S3 continued to employ the rugged Ford-derived twin-cam motor, developing 105bhp (118bhp was available from the SE model) with twin Weber 40DCOE carburettors and a four-speed gearbox.

Elan S4

Lotus: Type 36 & 45 / 1968 – 1971

The S4 saw a number of improvements over the S3.  Flush dashboard rocker switches, updated integrated rear lamp cluster with reversing lights, wider wheel arches and much more.

Elan S4 SE

Lotus: Type 36 & 45 / 1968 – 1971

“SE” additions included electric windows, updated rear lamp cluster, two speed wipers, enlarged flared wheel arches, negative earth electrics, dual circuit brakes and revised engine head casting and Stromberg carburettors.

Lotus Elan Sprint

Elan Sprint

Lotus: Type 36 & 45 / 1971 – 1973

In 1971 Lotus released the Sprint as the ultimate Elan. It used the big-valve cylinder head in conjunction with striking paint schemes that celebrated the success of Lotus Players F1.

Elan +2

Lotus: Type 50 / 1967 – 1969

An Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and wider track, and two small rear seats, suitable for children. It was larger and considerably more luxurious, marketed to the established family with children.

Elan +2S

Elan +2S

Lotus: Type 50 / 1971 – 1974

In 1971 +2S was upgraded to include the Big Valve engine, and then named the +2S 130. Later models of the +2S 130 were provided with a 5-speed Austin Maxi based gearbox, which greatly improved its high speed cruising.

Elan M100

Elan M100

1989–1995

The Lotus M100 Elan was launched in August 1989, reviving the Elan nameplate after 14 years. A two-seater convertible sports car, designed in-house by Lotus, it featured an engine and manual transmission supplied by Isuzu.

Series 2 (S2) M100 Elan

1996–1999

A limited edition of 800 Series 2 (S2) M100 Elans was released during the Romano Artioli era (produced June 1994–September 1995) when it was discovered that enough surplus engines were available to make this possible.

Note: Lotus made a race car version of the Elan, which you can find here on our Lotus Race Car List.

Lotus Elite, Éclat & Excel

Lotus Excel

Lotus Excel

Lotus: 89, Éclat Excel / 1982-1992

Lotus Excel GT, re-engineered Éclat. In 1982, the Eclat was developed into the Lotus Excel which used the same engine, but a modified version of the chassis, altered bodywork, new gearbox, driveline, and brakes.

Lotus Éclat Riviera

Lotus Éclat Riviera

Lotus: 84, Éclat S 2.2 Riviera / 1980-1982

In 1981 Lotus introduced the Type 84, called the Lotus Eclat S 2.2 Riviera. This model, which was available for two years, came with a removable roof panel, aircon, vented bonnet and rear spoiler. 223 units made.

Éclat S1

Éclat S1

Lotus: 76, ÉclatSeries 1 / 1975-1982

Éclat was a fastback version of Elite II. The fastback body style offered more practicality with storage in the trunk. The initial S1 had several issues regarding the chassis that impacted resale values.

Lotus Elite 03

Lotus Elite Type 83

Lotus: Type 83 / 1980

In 1980 the Type 75 was replaced by the Elite Mark 2 Type 83. This version received a larger 2,174 cc  Lotus 912 engine. The chassis was now galvanised steel and it got a new Getrag Type 265 gearbox.

Lotus Elite Type 75

Lotus Elite Type 75

Lotus: Type 75 / 1974-1982

Elite II as it was known was designed to be a luxury 4-seat GT. It replaced the Elan Plus 2 and was a shooting brake design. There were four variations you could buy, a 501, 502, 503 and 504.

Lotus Elite

Lotus Elite Type 14

Lotus: Type 14 / 1957–1963

The Lotus Elite was introduced in 1957 and was a truly driver-oriented offering. The world’s first fiberglass monocoque production car, had a stressed-skin fiberglass unibody. Rare, fast and very fun. Best ever.

Lotus Europa

Years: 1966-1975 / Layout: Longitudinal, Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive / Engine: Inline 4 (1470 cc Renault A1K I4, 1565 cc Renault 807 I4, 1557 cc Lotus/Ford DOHC I4) / Designer: Ron Hickman / Wheelbase: 91 in (2,311 mm) / Length: 157.25 in (3,994 mm) / Width: 64.5 in (1,638 mm) / Height: 42.5 in (1,080 mm) / Curb weight: 1,350 to 1,570 lb (610 to 710 kg)

1964 was the year Colin Chapman set about creating the birth of one of the lowest slung coupes ever made – the Lotus Europa. With Lotus 7 production waning, Colin Chapman was looking for a car to replace the now legendary 7. To replace the it a similarly simple car was needed that could be serviced at non-specialist garages and to be relatively cheap to buy. The Europa became the first truly roadable mid-priced, mid-engined, street car produced. It was marketed as a low-cost alternative to the front-engine Lotus Elan. A glass-fiber body draped over a steel backbone chassis with 4 wheel independent suspension. Unbelievable handling and roadholding they were often described by motorcar journalists as the nearest thing to a Formula car for the street.

Lotus Europa S1 Type 46

Europa S1

Years: 1966-1968

Launched in December 1966. The S1 had a modified Renault 16 1470 cc inline-four engine and a 4-speed gearbox. Minimalist construction was used throughout the first-series Europa. The Series 1 is known as the better drivers car due to its solid construction. Our favorite pick.

Europa S2

Europa S2

Years: 1969-1970

The Series 2 brought changes to the body, interior, and engine. The body was no longer bonded to the frame and was now conventionally attached with bolts. This made body repairs easier but lost some of the stiffness of the first series. It got a new, more comfortable interior and new dash.

Europa Twin Cam

Europa Twin Cam/Special

Years: 1971-1975

The third-series Europa featured a redesigned body shell helping improve rearward visibility. The Renault engine was replaced by the more powerful 1558cc Lotus-Ford twin-cam motor. Originally known as the Europa Twin-Cam, the Series 3 was renamed the Europa Special.

Lotus Europa John Player Special

Europa John Player Special

Years: 1972

To honour Team Lotus’s victory in the 1972 and 1973 F1 World Championships, John Player Special (JPS)was released to commemorate the success. Each had black with gold pinstripes and numbered badge. The JPS was one of the very last Europa models released.

 

Lotus Seven

Years: 1957–1973 / Engine: Various Inline 4 engines

The Lotus Seven was a small, simple, lightweight two-seater open-top sports car produced by the British manufacturer Lotus Cars (initially called Lotus Engineering) between 1957 and 1972. It was designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman and has been considered the embodiment of the Lotus philosophy of performance through low weight and simplicity. The original model was highly successful with more than 2,500 cars sold, due to its attraction as a road legal car that could be used for clubman racing.

After Lotus ended production of the Seven, Caterham bought the rights and today Caterham make both kits and fully assembled cars based on the original design. The Lotus Seven design has spawned a host of imitations on the kit car market, generally called Sevens or sevenesque roadsters.

Lotus Seven S4

Lotus Seven S4

Lotus: 60 / 1970-1973

In 1970, Lotus radically changed the shape of the car to create the slightly more conventional sized Series 4 (S4), with a squarer fibreglass shell replacing most of the aluminium bodywork.

Lotus Seven S3

Lotus Seven S3

Lotus: Seven / 1968-1969

The Seven S3 was released in 1968. The nose-cone and wheel arches were originally aluminium parts, but these were replaced in the later S2 and S3 models with painted or self-coloured fibreglass.

Lotus Super Seven S2

Lotus Super Seven S2

Lotus: Seven / 1961-1967

The Super Seven initially used the larger Cosworth modified 1,340cc Ford Classic engine and later examples were fitted with 1,498cc or 1,599cc engines.

Lotus Seven S2

Lotus Seven S2

Lotus: Seven / 1961-1967

The Lotus Seven S2 followed in 1960. There were a number of differences between it and the Series 1, including Less tubing in the spaceframe, aluminium nose replaced with fibreglass. Other tweaks also.

Lotus 7

Lotus Seven

Lotus: Seven / 1957-1960

Launched in 1957 the 7 was a simple and lightweight sports car that sold as a kit for the British market. It made no concessions to passenger comfort, instead focusing on performance and low cost. An icon.

Lotus Cortina

Years: 1963-1970 / Engine: 1557 cc straight-4 Twin ohc for Mk1, 1557 cc straight-4 Twin ohc for Mk2 / Wheelbase: 98 in (2,489 mm) for Mk1 & Mk2/ Length: 168 in (4,267 mm) for Mk1 & Mk2 / Width: 63 in (1,600 mm) for Mk1, 65.0 in (1650 mm) for Mk2 / Height: 54 in (1,372 mm) Mk1, 54.7 in (1,390 mm) / Units Sold: ~7,400

Produced in the U.K. between 1963 and 1970, the Ford Lotus Cortina or as most people knew it, the Lotus Cortina came about when Ford and Lotus decided to combine efforts to create a homologation special built to race. They wanted a small, high-powered sports saloon that could compete on track. Ford developed a new inline four, twin-cam engine with 1577 cc displacement and 110hp, four-speed transmission, and suspension tuning from Lotus. With its light, stiff monocoque shell, MacPherson strut front suspension and highly tunable oversquare engine it was an instant success. The Ford-Lotus Cortina was dominant in competition events, the peak being Jim Clark winning the British Saloon Car Championship in 1964. The production Lotus-Ford Cortina was sold through Ford dealers as ‘The Consul Cortina Sports Special’. Approximately 7,400 cars were made over its production life.

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Lotus Cortina Mk 1

Lotus: 28 / Years: 1963-1966

The Lotus Cortina was an exhilarating drive, with torquey, lively acceleration, firm handling, adequate brakes, excellent visibility and, in Aeroflow form, good ventilation. A classic fun car.

Lotus Cortina Mk 2

Lotus Cortina Mk 2

Lotus: 28 / Years: 1963-1966

While the looks softened compared to the first generation, the Mk 2 is the better of the two. Upgrades included the more powerful twin-cam as standard, a different final drive, and a much more comfortable cabin.

Lotus Esprit

Years: 1976-2004 / Layout: Longitudinal, Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive / Engine: Various Inline 4 & Turbo Inline 4, V8  / Units Made: 10,675

With the Esprit, Lotus entered the modern supercar market for the first time. It’s exotic shape was good enough to extend production from 1976 all the way to 2004. Between 1976 and 2004, Lotus made 24 models and derivatives of the Esprit. The list below shows the production models (excluding the GT1 and GT2 cars). Lotus made 10,675 Esprit’s in the car’s 28 year history.

See Our Ultimate Guide to the Lotus Esprit

Lotus Esprit S1

Esprit S1

Years: 1975-1978

The first Esprit had a Type 907 inline-4 which produced 160 bhp in European markets and 140 bhp in America. The engine was supported by a steel chassis and covered in a sleek fiberglass body. Despite modest power, the styling and handling of the car kept it selling.

Lotus Esprit S2

Esprit S2

Years: 1978-1981

By 1978, the Esprit was upgraded Series Two specification including a new front spoiler and rear valance. There were also new alloy wheels, wider seats and new instrument cluster. A Commemorative Edition was made to commemorate Lotus’ 1978 F1 World Championship.

Lotus Esprit S2.2

Esprit S2.2

Years: 1980-1981

The S2.2 was a stop-gap model introduced in May 1980 whose only major difference from the S2 was a 2.2 L type 912 engine. Engine power output was unchanged but torque rose from 140 lb/ft to 160 lb/ft. The S2.2 received a galvanised chassis. It was rare with only 88 units made.

Lotus Esprit Essex Turbo

Essex Turbo Esprit

Years: 1980-1981

February 1980 to April 1981. Limited-edition Turbo was designated the Essex Commemorative Lotus Esprit Turbo, also known as the Type 82, and was only available in its sponsor’s livery of blue, red, and silver. The intro of this model elevated the Esprit into the supercar league.

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Turbo Esprit

Years: 1981-1986
Names: Turbo Esprit / Type 82

April 1981 to October 1986. Cheaper ‘production’ version, with reduced trim spec; except for earliest models, all have wet-sump lubrication, BBS wheels. Higher compression ratios for the engines was indicated by the ‘HC’ moniker. Turbo shared common chassis and body with S3.

Turbo HC

Turbo Esprit HC

Years: 1986-1987

October 1986 to October 1987. The final incarnations of the Giugiaro-styled Esprit had higher compression ratios for the engines was indicated by the ‘HC’ moniker. High-compression version (up from 7.5:1 to 8:1), with Mahle forged pistons and new exhaust manifolds.

lotus esprit na

Esprit NA

Years: 1987-1990

October 1987 to September 1990. In the latter part of 1987, Lotus produced 2 Esprit models, the top of the range Esprit Turbo and the cheaper Normally Aspirated “Esprit”. The cars were virtually identical visually. Known as the Steven’s Esprits.

Esprit S3

Esprit S3

Years: 1981-1987

April 1981 to October 1987. Significant chassis/suspension changes (as per Essex Turbo) plus many cosmetic revisions. The S3 received an upgraded 2.2 liter Type 912 engine. The S3 gained the new larger bumpers but kept the simpler sill line and glazed rear hatch of the S2.2 body.

Lotus Esprit Turbo SE

Esprit Turbo SE

Years: 1989-1993

The SE had a 2.2 liter turbo “charcooled” engine (first fuel injection water cooled model). The Lotus Esprit Turbo SE produced 264 hp and hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and hit 160 mph top speed. There was also a “Highwing” that was same as SE but with a large rear mounted wing.

Lotus Esprit X180R

Esprit X180-R

Years: 1991

The type 105 SCCA car encouraged Lotus to make a new road-going Supercar. Thus the X180R was born. It was based on the the Type 105 having 285 hp. Twenty of these replicas were produced and sold as race-ready, road-going cars.

Esprit S4

Esprit Turbo S4

Years: 1993-1996

With power steering, ABS as standard and an updated roomier cabin, the S4 was the first Esprit that could really be used everyday. Performance was on a par with the outgoing SE but the styling had been updated for the 90s with a sleeker front spoiler and more aero rear wing.

Lotus Esprit Sport 300

Esprit Sport 300

Years: 1992-1995

For customers that missed out on the very limited production run of X180Rs, the 300 Sport was offered in 1993. It essentially offered the same package as the X180R racecar. It got a full roll cage, harness and fire extinguisher as well as more power and better handling.

Esprit S4s

Esprit S4s

Years: 1995-1997

The 1995 Esprit S4S combined the best parts of the comfortable S4 and the rapid Sport 300 to produce a very attractive package. Power fell between the two others at 285bhp with a short overboost facility to 300bhp. The S4S was widely acclaimed as an amazing car.

Lotus Esprit GT3

Esprit GT3

Years: 1997-1999

The last iteration of the four-cylinder Esprit was the GT3, a turbocharged, charge cooled variant with the 2.0 L Type 920 which had previously been used only in Italian market cars. The GT3 was produced alongside the Esprit V8. Got some updates for MY 1998.

lotus esprit v8

Esprit V8

Years: 1996-2004

1996 was the year that saw the Esprit finally gain the V8 it had deserved for so long. The exterior was left pretty much alone except for some bigger wheels. The addition the twin-turbo V8 saw a big increase in performance. In 1998 the V8 range was split into SE and GT models.

Esprit V8 GT

Esprit V8 GT

Years: 1997-2001

Launched in December 1966. The S1 had a modified Renault 16 1470 cc inline-four engine and a 4-speed gearbox. Minimalist construction was used throughout the first-series Europa. The Series 1 is known as the better drivers car due to its solid construction. Our favorite pick.

Lotus Esprit V8 SE

Esprit V8 SE

Years: 1997-2004

1996 was the year that saw the Esprit finally gain the V8 it had deserved for so long. The exterior was left pretty much alone except for some bigger wheels. The addition the twin-turbo V8 saw a big increase in performance. In 1998 the V8 range was split into SE and GT models. Both cars had revised interiors and similar performance but the SE was the more luxurious of the two.

Lotus Esprit Sport 350

Esprit Sport 350

Years: 1999-2001

The Esprit Sport 350 was hailed as the fastest, and the best, Esprit of them all. 160 lbs in weight was shaved from the standard V8. This saving helped the Sport 350 become a performance monster. To cope with this extra performance the Sport 350 received even wider rear tires.

2002 Lotus Esprit V8

Esprit 02

Years: 2002-2004

To celebrate 30 years of this performance car, Lotus has given the Esprit a facelift. The redesigned rear panel and light cluster carry over some of the Elise design elements. The front  got the lip spoiler from the Sport 350.

Note: Three Lotus Esprit race cars we made and can be found in our Lotus Race Car Models list. Those models were the Esprit X180-R (Type 105), the Esprit X180-R1 (Type 106) and the Esprit GT1 (Type 114).

Lotus Concepts & Prototypes

This is a list of concepts and prototype vehicles created by Lotus that never reached full production. When it comes to Lotus concept cars it is impossible not to talk about Paris 2010. The somewhat new Lotus CEO Dany Bahar addressed the crowd, announcing that Lotus would be entering a new era and in a matter of minutes, pulled the wraps off five all new cars, the Esprit, Elan, Elite, Elise and Eterne concept cars, each time with a gasp from the crowd as the next concept’s name was announced. This wasn’t just the introduction of a few concept cars. We were witnessing the complete and utter revitalization, rebranding and rebirth of a legendary car company. Unfortunately he didn’t last as CEO and we never saw any of these cars materialize.

Evora GT Concept

Evora GT Concept

2019

The first step in a return to international racing. One of the most famous names in motorsport showed the Evora GT4 Concept.

Lotus Elan Prototype

Lotus Elan Prototype

2010

The Elan was to be “the beating heart of the new Lotus lineup”. It’s a high performance sports car, that is clear, it’s a Lotus after all.

Lotus Esprit Concept

Lotus Esprit Concept

2010

As part of a five-car announcement at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Lotus unveiled a completely redesigned Esprit.

Lotus Elite Prototype

2010

We said “So here it is, the Lotus Elite, the first taste of what’s to come from Lotus in the future”. It’s too bad it all fell apart.

Lotus Elise Prototype

Lotus Elise Concept

2010

The Lotus Elise first appeared as a design study alongside the other Lotus concepts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Lotus Eterne Prototype

Lotus Eterne Concept

2010

The Eterne is a true four door, four seater sports GT. It’s the ultimate expression of refined style, sophistication and grace.

Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept

Evora GTE Road Car

2011

The Lotus Evora GTE is a race car developed with a single-minded aim to be successful in the new global motorsport GTE category.

Lotus Ethos

Lotus Ethos

2011

Lotus revealed this as the Ethos, a plug-in hybrid car that was meant to be a city-car. It was developed by Lotus Engineering.

2007 Lotus Sport Exige GT3 Concept

Lotus Exige GT3 Concept

2007

The Lotus Exige S is the latest addition to the Exige range and is a real sports car that redefines the term Extreme Performance.

Lotus Engineering APX Concept

Lotus APX Concept

2006

APX by Lotus Engineering is the first example of a complete vehicle built on the innovative Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA).

Lotus M250 Concept

Lotus M250 Concept

2000

Conceived as a model to fit in the Lotus lineup between the Elise and Esprit. It had a 250hp, 3 litre V6 that was mid-mounted.

Lotus M120

1998

The little-known Project M120 was created to try to build a hardtop Elise coupé. Unfortunately, the project was suspended.

Lotus Emotion

1991

An Esprit-based concept. Rumor was Bertone originally created the Emotion as a design proposal for what was to become the Bugatti EB110.

Lotus X100

Lotus M90 (Lotus X100)

1986

The Lotus M90 (later renamed to Lotus X100) was a Toyota-based “new Elan”. It never happened. This was a development prototype.

Lotus Etna Concept

Lotus Etna Concept

1984

Depending on how you define the word, the Etna could have become the first British mid-engined ‘supercar’. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Lotus Esprit Concept (M70)

Lotus Esprit Concept (M70)

1972

Esprit started when Giorgetto Giugiaro showed the Italdesign M70 concept at the 1972 Turin Show. It had a radical ‘folded paper’ front end.

 

Lotus Based Cars By Other Companies

Want to build a cool car and don’t have the body or chassis chops? Call Lotus and they will happily work with you. That is what these innovative companies did when they wanted to build their cars. Check out these Lotus-based cars built by other manufacturers.

2014 Detroit Electric SP_01

Detroit Electric SP:01

Based on the Lotus Elise chassis, this was an emissions-free sports car. Pure-electric powertrain and blistering performance of 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds. It is one quick electric car.

Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey Venom GT

Combining the best of the Lotus Elise and Chevrolet Corvette is the Hennessey Venom GT. It set the world record for production cars in 2014 when the Venom hit 270.49 mph.

Infiniti Emerg-e concept car

Infiniti Emerg-e concept

Based on Evora 414E, the Infiniti Emerg-E made its debut in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. They said “highly advanced mid-ship sports car that provides an exciting glimpse into Infiniti’s future”.

Melkus RS2000

Melkus RS2000

Dresden-based BMW and Lotus dealer Melkus started producing the RS2000 in honor of the race driver Heinz Melkus. Based on the Lotus Elise platform and its Toyota-sourced engine.

Rinspeed sQuba

Rinspeed sQuba concept

Based on Elise chassis, this was the world’s first car that can be driven both on land and underwater. It was an all-electric car developed by the genius Swiss Rinspeed company. It was inspired by Jame Bond.

Tesla Roadster

The first performance electric car manufactured by Tesla Motors, the high-performance, zero-emissions Tesla Roadster wsd based on an Elise chassis. It had 250 mile range and hit 60 mph in 4 seconds.

Vauxhall VX220

Vauxhall VX220

Vauxhall tried its hand at building a proper sports car with the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive VX220 (known as the Opel Speedster in some countries. The car was a collaboration with Lotus that shared much with the Elise.

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