Revered East Anglia-based builder of hardcore lightweights still basically true to the ethos by which Colin Chapman originally made them famous. Pleasingly unsullied by the governance of Proton and the odd run-in with GM, Lotus stands alone as the flag-carrier of scalpel-sharp, track-biased performance icons.
Rarely achieved mix of track cred and lusty looks. You can scare the pants off your girlfriend and then get a glimpse of said pants while she's struggling to get out.
£51,550 - £62,450
A sublime driving experience wrapped up in a package of, um, improving quality.
Too easy to get in and out of the Elise by taking the roof off? Here's the answer - a fixed-head, bewinged mega-version. Not even Houdini could have got in here.
We had our doubts about the new, heavier V6 Exige. Happily, we were wrong.