Learn about Lotus
Lotus is a British brand of supercars that’s been designing race and road cars since the late 1940s. The company, which officially formed in 1952, has two divisions: Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering.
Lotus Engineering has helped with the designs, body styles, engineering, and aspects of cars from Vauxhall, Tesla, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Toyota, Dodge, Chrysler, Jaguar, Volvo, and more.
Their own cars, though, are the real story here. Since 1948, starting with the Lotus Mark I sports car, Lotus has been well-known as a Formula 1 car manufacturer. Nearly every year since, they have released another model, numbering them from the Mark I to the Mark X, moving to the Eleven, then to 12 all the way to 130.
Some of its most famous models include the Lotus Elite, the Lotus Elan, and the Lotus Europa. Their current models, and the ones most road drivers own, include the:
Lotus Elise: This convertible roadster with rwd (rear-wheel drive) goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds with a max speed of 150 mph. The 111S edition is a bit faster, while the 340R was a limited edition, roofless model. The Series 2 Elise was released in 2000 to meet new European crash regulations and uses a slightly different body type.
Lotus Exige: This is the coupe version of the Elise and comes in several variants, including the Exige S, the Exige S 240, the Exige S 260, the Exige 265E, the Exige Scura, and more. The Exige has been in production since 2000.
Lotus Evora: The Lotus Evora was released in 2010 and was the first all-new car from Lotus since the Elise was released. Lotus released the Evora S (used by Rome, Madrid, and Romanian police), only to be replaced by the Evora 400 which features leather seats, and gets 21 mpg city, 49 highway. They’ve also brought out the Evora Sport 410 and the Evora GT430.
Lotus 3-Eleven: This 0-door speedster was released in 2016 and is available as a race car and a road-legal vehicle.
If you’d like more information before making a decision, be sure to check out our Complete How-To Sell Your Exotic Car Guide and our in-depth research piece Leasing vs Owning.
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