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A Rundown of the Full Lotus Model Range

Lotus Silverstone (Race and Service Centre) are offering 2 Years 0% APR 50/50 Finance on Brand New Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora models, plus 3 years / 27,000 miles free of charge servicing.

This caught our eye over on Twitter, and it’s a killer time to be buying a Lotus with deals like that flying around.

We decided to learn more about the range before placing an order. Here’s what we discovered:


Lotus Elise

1.6 / naturally aspirated / 134bhp / £30,900

Lotus Elise

The Elise is the basic model in the range, with a naturally aspirated 1.6 litre 16v VVT-i engine.

Weight: 876kg

0-60mph: 6.0 seconds

0-100mph: 18.6 seconds

Max Speed: 127mph

MPG: Urban 34 / Extra Urban 56 / Combined 45

Lotus Elise Club Racer

1.6 / naturally aspirated / 134bhp / £30,900


The Elise Club Racer is the 1.6 litre Elise on a diet.

Lotus have shaved 19kg off the standard car by using lightweight wheels, as well as ditching the airbag assembly. Oh, and the roof, so you’ll need a hat. It uses the naturally aspirated 1.6 litre 16v VVT-i engine.

Weight: 857kg

0-60mph: 6.0 seconds

0-100mph: 18.6 seconds

Max Speed: 127mph

MPG: Urban 34 / Extra Urban 56 / Combined 45

Lotus Elise S

1.8 / supercharged / 217bhp / £37,200


The Elise S steps things up a notch with a Supercharged 1.8 litre VVT-i 16v engine.

(If you haven’t guessed already, the S stands for Supercharged)

Although the larger engine and supercharger assembly make for a heavier car, given that the 0-60 time comes down by almost 2 seconds and the top speed goes up by almost 20mph, the Elise S is the one we’d go for.

Weight: 924kg

0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds

0-100 mph: 11.2 seconds

Max speed: 145 mph

MPG: Urban 27.3 / Extra Urban 47.6 / Combined 37.5

Lotus Elise S Club Racer

1.8 / supercharged / 217bhp / £37,200


The Elise S Club Racer is the 1.8 litre supercharged Elise S on a diet.

Remember we said S stands for Supercharged?

Well, in this case it stands for ‘Shhhhhiiiiiitttttt this thing is quick’.

It has the same 19kg weight reduction as the Elise CR, but uses the Supercharged 1.8 litre VVT-i 16v engine, and can be specified as ‘Track Day Use Only’, which includes a light weight battery, TRD Airbox, sports exhaust and 18 Go-Pro mounts. (That bit isn’t true, you’d have to buy the Go Pro mounts yourself)

Weight: 905kg

0-60mph: 4.2 seconds

0-100mph: 11.2 seconds

Max Speed: 145mph


Lotus Exige S

3.5 litre / supercharged / 345bhp / £54,500


Mid mounted, supercharged 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-i engine

It might be fast as hell but we really think Green does this car no favours…

Weight: 1176kg

0-60mph: 3.8 secs

Max Speed: 170mph

MPG: Urban 19.5 / Extra Urban 37.2 / Combined 28

Lotus Exige S Roadster

3.5 litre / supercharged / 345bhp / £55,000


Mid mounted, supercharged 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-i engine

Well, it turns out that when you whip the roof off, the Exige S Roadster is really quite the looker.

Take a look at the photos below, go on, have a good old stare. Gorgeous, isn’t it? Now scroll back up and look at the green hardtop. Yup, feel a bit sick? We have no idea why anyone would order one of these with a roof. It’s basically perfect in grey with red leather. Those seats, that ass… This is a seriously sexy looking motorcar.

Weight: 1166kg

0-60mph: 3.8 secs

Max Speed: 145mph

MPG: Urban 19.5 / Extra Urban 37.2 / Combined 28


Lotus Evora

3.5 litre / naturally aspirated / 276bhp / £63,950


3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVTi 24-valve with 6 speed manual transmission

Weight: 1383kg

0-60mph: 4.8 seconds

Max Speed: 163mph

MPG: Urban 21.5 / Extra Urban 39.6 / Combined 30.3

Lotus Evora S

3.5 litre / supercharged / 345bhp / £63,950


Supercharged 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVTi 24-valve with 6 speed manual transmission

Weight: 1437kg

0-60mph: 4.4 seconds

Max Speed: 178mph

MPG: Urban 19.9 / Extra Urban 37.7 / Combined 28.7

Evora Sports Racer

3.5 litre / either or / £67,900


Available as either naturally aspirated or supercharged engine, the Evora Sports Racer ‘Sports Pack’ provides switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), sports diffuser and cross-drilled brake discs.

Basically, marketing spiel aside, this is the badboy you want. Just look at the details! Yes, sign us up. We want this one, in white and black. Forget the bright colours and subtle silvers, it needs big black wheels, black roof and red brake calipers.

Working with In Motion Media on the Air Ride Lotus Esprit

We’ve been busy working with In Motion Media shooting a fantastic air-ride Lotus Esprit, that uses air bag suspension to achieve the ultimate stance.

Here’s the final edit from In Motion Media: