The Best Lotus Sports Cars has the perfect mix of lightness and engaging driving experience it can provide. The brand has a storied history as a remarkable automaker, and also an iconic racing team. Many cars on this list are icons of the past, and others are recent in the market.
8. Lotus Elise Cup 220
The automaker made this hardcore version of the standard Elise known as the Elise Cup 220. This was the road-going version of the S Cup R (which is a track-focused hardtop). Lotus built it with a new, lighter, and wider front clam panel enhancing cooling and weight reduction. The Toyota supercharged inline-four engine produces 214 hp, making it hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
7. 2000 Lotus 340R
This Lotus 340R was a limited edition sports car that was introduced as an open-top concept car. The car boasted a 1.8L Rover K-series four-cylinder engine putting out 177 hp. The car weighed less than 1,550 pounds, all-cause of the hoodless, windowless, and aluminum chassis. The 340R hits 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 133 mph.
6. Lotus Esprit Sport 350
The Sport 350 was one of the most exclusive Esprit sports cars of all time. However, it boasted the same V8 engine as the Esprit Sport V8 GT, but with improvements on the brake, chassis, and suspension. The Esprit has a 0-60 mph run time of 4.7 seconds. The Esprit Sport 350 is equipped with lightweight magnesium wheels and a bodyshell.
5. 2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72
The Lotus Exige S Type 72 was a limited-edition sports car that was built to pay tribute to the legendary Black and Gold Lotus Type 72. The car had won 20 different Grand Prix events from 1970 to 1975. The engine was a Toyota 2ZZ-GE supercharged Inline-4 engine cranking out 215 hp and hitting 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The 72 was limited to 20 units for the UK and another 20 for the rest of Europe.
4. 1997 Lotus Elise GT1
When Lotus wanted to compete against big names like the Porsche 911 GT1, Mercedes CLK-GTR, and the McLaren F1 GTR, so the Brit automaker modified the already aged Esprit-based race car. This was introduced as the Elise GT1 limited to only one unit was built in a bid to satisfy homologation requirements. The body was made of full carbon fiber and the 3.5L twin-turbo V8 made the GT race car propel to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, putting out 345 hp.
3. Lotus Exige Sport 350
The Exige S was replaced with the Exige Sport 350, with improved performance, agility, and handling. The car weighed roughly 2,480 pounds, the Sport 350 is one of the lightest Exige models. Under the hood lies a 3.5L V6 engine offering 345 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The Sport 350 has a top speed of 170 mph with a 0-60 mph run time of 3.7 seconds.
2. Lotus 3-Eleven
The 3-Eleven is a Pure Lotus Sports Car with lightning speed and legendary handling. It is available in both road and track versions and is built with a lightweight carbon composite material delivering a sheer driving experience. With the 0-60mph time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph, the 3-Eleven is one of the fastest road-going cars built by Lotus.
1. 2021 Lotus Evija
As nearly every automaker is gradually embracing all-electric vehicles, Lotus’ entry into the EV segment is quite natural. The Lotus Evija is the first-ever all-electric hypercar and won the International Design Awards (IDAs) “Product Design of the Year” for being one of the most powerful series-production EVs. The Evija boasts an output of 2,000 hp.
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