Lotus Elise sports car reviews


"it's an exquisite dynamic delight
that makes the act of driving
in a committed fashion into
an unmitigated pleasure" 

                                                          Car Enthusiast, 2017


TOP GEAR "No car for the money gives you less car. But no car for the money gives you more sensation."


PRACTICAL MOTORING "The Elise is uniquely placed. No other useable road car at this price offers such intense driving experience. Once tried never forgotten. It really is in a different league from even the Porsche Boxster or Toyota GT86."

CAR ENTHUSIAST "...you could just about live with an Elise as your only car on a day-to-day basis if your circumstances were right and, as a result, there's nothing that so finely blends stunning driving dynamics like this - that work both on track and the public roads - with a reasonable veneer of usability. Brilliant as it is, a Porsche 718 Boxster S just isn't as ultimately engaging as the Elise"


CAR "Lotus has constantly refined and improved the product during the course of two decades to leave us with a sports car that is still without equal in the clarity of feedback it offers...a sensational driver’s car...."


AUTOCAR "what else, at either price, offers this level of pure driving pleasure as well as enough practicality for hardy types to use for all seasons and reasons. The answer is the same as it’s been these past 21 years: none. Then, as now, the Elise is a unique proposition whose charm has barely diminished over the years

TOP GEAR "In a world where cars are more and more divorced from both driver and road, the lightweight Elise is a sports car that still delivers the best seat-of-the-pants feel this side of a Caterham."

AUTOCAR "The tactile pleasure begins from the moment its wheels revolve, the steering taking instant effect, its sensitivity just so, the Lotus turning with total obedience. Add lock and the lightness turns to heft as the castor and trail angle take effect, providing enough resistance that you sometimes have to put some muscle into turning the wheel, a sensation almost alien to drivers of modern power-assisted cars."


Richard Rackham: the Elise’s chief engineer "....The original brief for the Elise was simple: to be a modern successor to the Lotus Seven...." "...‘What you have to remember is the Elise was all about creating a race car experience for the road.....They’re noisy as hell, but it is supposed to feel like a racing car...."

EVO - Porsche Boxster vs Lotus Elise S "...The Lotus thrives on commitment and raw speed, so you tend to find yourself going like the clappers for 20 minutes before easing off to catch your breath....raw thrills, pace, involvement and excitement so readily served up by the Lotus. If you’re after an adrenalin pump, the Elise S stands head and shoulders above the Porsche..."


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