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8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Lotus Elise

£30,320£46,020
8/10
Overall verdict
If the Elise were music, it would be blues. Raw, emotional, stripped back and pared-down.
 

For: 

Chassis good enough to offset the droning engines...

Against: 

Awkward access, impracticality

Overview

What is it?

Still around after all this time because no other car epitomises the spirit and ethos of Lotus. Its chassis is brilliant, thanks to continual subtle evolution of its nuances - good enough to offset the droning engines, awkward access, impracticality…

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.8 Cup 250 2dr
3.9s 175g/km 37.7 243 £46,020
The cheapest
1.6 Sport 2dr
6.0s 149g/km 37.7 134 £30,320
The greenest
1.6 Sport 2dr
6.0s 149g/km 37.7 134 £30,320
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