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Lotus Elise

About Lotus Elise

Since the 1982 passing of its founder, Colin Chapman, Lotus has endured a number of economic perils and ownership changes. But through it all, the quintessentially British marque has remained true to its core values of producing light, quick and superb-handling sports machines. Presently, the micro-scaled Elise and its equally diminutive cousin, the new Exige S, are charged with carrying on Chapman's legacy in the U.S. Simply put, the Elise is a modern-day benchmark for those who revere the sports car in its purest form. While nominal rivals span everything from a BMW Z4, Honda S2000 and Porsche Boxster to drop-top versions of the Chevrolet Corvette and Nissan 350Z, none really comes close to matching the sheer visceral thrills provided by this phenomenal featherweight champ.

2007 Lotus Elise
What's new for 2007?
2007 Lotus Elise

Under-skin reinforcing and subtle rear "bumperettes" make all cars built after early January fully compliant with U.S. crash regulations, but the real change of note here is new and far more effective projector-beam headlamps. Also on hand are raised chrome L-O-T-U-S letters on its rear fascia and a smaller inside mirror.

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