What is it?
Lotus’ more practical GT-type car that is now, unlike the not-quite-ready first cars, finished. An alluring and vibrant driver’s car, it’s a surprisingly adept all-rounder, too.
It’s wonderful to drive. Suspension breathes, steering is fluid and tactile and, although the standard V6 motor is a bit dull, the supercharged 345bhp S is much more like it. Blimey, it even now sounds good.
On the inside
This was the real weak spot of the first cars. It’s better quality now, but the door openings remain small and the sills are still massive. Visibility remains restricted too.
This is no Porsche in terms of quality, which is something you must seriously consider. It’s better than it was though, and today’s cars no longer smell of glue either. Is the driving experience worth it?