With the Elise looking as fresh as ever, it’s pretty hard to believe that the model was unveiled approximately two decades ago, in the fall of 1995. Naturally, it has been through a number of extensive refreshes since then, but the current Elise is basically the same car underneath. If the original 1996 model isn’t a testament to the forward thinking of Lotus engineers, then I don’t know what is. The car’s lightness and nimbleness are still widely regarded as benchmarks for mass-produced sports cars, even though more than a few pounds were gained over the years.
Lotus has decided to celebrate the model’s unveiling 20 years ago with a limited edition. Called the Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition, the new model has less weight and a host of extra features, replacing the Elise S Club Racer in the Lotus lineup.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition.
Lotus launched the Exige in 2000 as a coupe version of the Elise that’s been in production since 1996. The sports car was updated in 2004, while the more powerful Exige S was introduced in 2006. Initially powered by a supercharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Exige S received the Evora’s 3.5-liter V-6 with the arrival of the Series 3 generation in 2012. Since then, the Exige S soldiered on mostly unchanged, although Lotus gave it an automatic transmission for 2015 model year and issued the track-prepped Cup and track-exclusive CupR editions.
Come 2015 and Lotus has developed yet another road-legal track car based on the Exige S. Dubbed Club Racer, this new sports car promises to be the most inspiring version of Lotus’ already track-focused Exige S.
"Factoring the Club Racer ethos into the Exige enhances the track-focused potential of this important model. It encompasses our legendary benchmark in handling, with lightweight and efficient construction and that we will always put a peerless and pure driving experience first," said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Lotus Exige S Club Racer.
You’ve probably heard about some of the crazy cars that Dubai deploys for law enforcement; standouts include the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, and even a Bugatti Veyron. Nevermind issuing speeding tickets to billionaire oil tycoons, what if you find yourself in need of prompt medical attention? Fear not, because the latest addition to this fleet of outrageous public service vehicles is the Lotus Evora Ambulance. Obviously, in this group, the term “first responder” is taken to a whole new level.
According to the UAE publication The National, special on-board equipment includes the usual ambulance affair: splints, cardiac defibrillators, and oxygen bags, plus a “mobile data terminal” to keep track of important patient medical information. Additionally, a pair of Mustangs will compliment the 160-mph Evora. Thanks to a better power-to-weight ratio and increased handling capabilities, officials hope the sports car ambulances will help cut average response time down from eight minutes to under four.
Click past the jump to read Dubai’s official statement.
The Lotus Exige S has always been one of our favorite sports cars. It carries an unmatched design that oozes sportiness and aggression, plus it houses a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that pumps out 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That enables the Exige S to speed from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph. Those are impressive credentials for the Exige S, a car that Lotus has apparently deemed fit to use as the basis for the Exige LF1, a special-edition model that pays homage to the company’s success in Formula One.
Lotus developed the Exige LF1 as a shout-out to its 81 Formula One victories. That’s why the automaker will offer only 81 examples, ensuring that the LF1 remains as exclusive as any sports car Lotus has created in its long and esteemed history.
Unique modifications are at the heart of the changes made to the Exige LF1. These upgrades ensure the exclusivity of the model, while also giving customers a unique education on the success the company has had in Formula One racing.
Lotus plans to debut the Lotus Exige LF1 simultaneously in two separate locations. A right-hand-drive version of the model is currently on display at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in London where it will remain until Sunday, June 15th. A left-hand-drive, European-spec model will make its debut at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans June 11th through June 15, 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition.
Lotus Evora is now enjoying the success Lotus was hopping for, so the company is looking for solutions to improve its sales. The latest solution found was the addition of a new "Sports Racer" package that was inspired by the Evora GTC that enjoyed a huge success in the MSA British Endurance Championship.
The model is further improving the mid-engined 3.5 liter V6 sports car and will be offered in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged versions. According to the official announcement the new Evora Sports Racer delivers "phenomenal performance, exclusive style, incredible excitement and genuine affordability." The model will be offered with an exclusive exterior color scheme and comes comes fully loaded with all the technologies currently offered by Lotus.
On the British market the new Evora Sports Racer is priced at £57,900 - round $94,300 at the current exchange rates for the naturally aspired version and at £65,900 - $107,300 - for the supercharged one.
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The standard Lotus Evora GTE made its debut last year at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, with an announcement stating that only Europe would be receiving at the moment. With a pout and foot-stomp, the rest of us were left without Lotus’ most powerful road-going model ever. China’s temper tantrum was short-lived, though, as they are now getting their own model: a special Evora GTE China Limited Edition which was revealed at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
Lotus’ eminent chassis engineers have adapted the GTE to suit Chinese roads, and the interior comes with more leather and carbon fiber to make it more luxurious inside, without compromising performance at all. Under the hood, Lotus has kept the usual 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP.
Only 118 examples of the limited edition will be put on sale, making it all the more exclusive and collectable. Each car features a numbered plaque inside, marked with the China Limited Edition insignia.
As rumored for a few weeks now, Lotus has unveiled the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but we have to admit that we expected something a little more special about a car inspired by F1. The only special thing about this model is its exterior body which has been covered in carbon fiber.
The F1 Evora GTE F1 Special Edition features the Lotus F1 team’s colors and graphics, including a large Lotus insignia on the rear wing and gold finish alloy wheels. There is also a "10" logo on the vehicle to represent the number used by Kimi Räikkönen’s team mate, Romain Grosjean, this season. The carbon fiber finish to the body is highlighted by copper accents to emulate traditional F1 livery and that color scheme gets thrown on the interior with specially trimmed bucket seats with gold piping and exclusive Lotus F1 Team Special Edition appliqués.
The standard Evora GTE is powered by a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, making it the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. That engine seems to be good enough for Lotus because that is exactly what is powering their F1 Special Edition. Performance, however, should be better considering the vehicle has dropped 100kg/220 lbs.
UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with details on the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition. Lotus has also unveiled a series of new images for their Lotus Evora GTE F1 Special Edition from the official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the picture gallery provided.
Just a few days ago, Lotus announced they would be bringing a convertible model to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and we’re betting on it being a convertible version for the Evora. Now the company has announced that their stand in Geneva will be a bit more crowded with the new convertible and the addition of a special edition Evora GTE inspired by the Formula 1 car.
Lotus hasn’t offered any details on the new Evora GTE just yet - surprise, surprise - but the standard Evora GTE is smoking hot and race ready with its carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber rear wing, and carbon fiber doors. This matches up with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 444 HP for a delectable combination. Whatever Lotus does to the new special edition will just be icing on the cake.
More details about the Lotus Evora GTE Formula 1 Special Edition will be unveiled on March 6th during its official launch at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
The Evora GTE Concept’s engine is still a bit warm from its 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance debut, and Lotus is already revving up the production version for the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Evora GTE road car was originally designed as a special limited edition for the Asian market, but Group Lotus has decided to expand its production to meet demand and reach further markets.
The Evora GTE is powered by a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, making it the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. It also delivers a comfortable and refined element to its high performance driving characteristics.
Commenting on the Evora GTE road car, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: "The response to this model in China has been so incredible, within days we had sold out with 114 orders. In response we decided that the only logical step from a business perspective was to increase production and widen our reach.
"What is unique about this car, is not just that it’s a serious race car – it’s a serious car. People get so excited when they see and especially hear it for the first time. It’s a very special car and will appeal to a very special type of driver – and they won’t be disappointed!"
UPDATE 09/13/2011: The new special edition Evora GTE has finally been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show today. The new model comes with carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber rear wing, and carbon fiber doors. This measure, next to the lightweight Recaro carbon fiber seats, help to reduce the total weight by 231 lbs.
UPDATE 12/19/2011: Lotus has dropped new images of the special edition Evora GTE - and we have to admit it looks great in yellow. See all of the images in our picture gallery!
The evolution of the Lotus Evora GTE, most extreme Lotus vehicle ever, went by rather quickly. After debuting a concept version at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, Lotus then went on to put out the production Evora GTE in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. This quick turnover has now been followed up by a special edition GTE courtesy of Swizz Beatz.
Swizz Beatz is an American record producer, DJ, rapper, and painter, although some may only know him as the husband of R&B superstar, Alicia Keys. He, along with
Lotus Design, came together to create a special Evora GTE unveiled at Alvin Ailey’s Opening Night Gala in New York. This special edition is noted as such because it is finished in a chrome ruby red paint. Everything else is strictly standard GTE. It features the typical rear brake cooling ducts, modified rear wing, enlarged intake vents behind the B pillar, and intense use of carbon fiber for the roof, sill detailing, and other carbon accessories. These elements help reduce the Evora’s total weight by about 231 lbs.
Being since this was a creative collaboration, no changes were made to the power source of the Evora GTE. It is still working with a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, which still makes it the most powerful Lotus Evora road car ever built.
No details were given on the car’s prices just yet, but prospective buyers will surely have to dish out more than the $180,000 price tag of the standard Evora GTE.
UPDATE 12/06/2011: Brain Food Film has unveiled a video from the launch party for the new Evora GTE by Swizz Beatz. Special guests included Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, Alicia Keys, Russell Simmons, Stephen Baldwin, Carmelo Anthony, and a surprise performance from Swizz and TI. Video after the jump!
Lotus has always had the pulse for doing charitable things as they have built numerous special edition models to help raise funds for charities. A few months ago, they built a special Evora called the Freddie Mercury Edition - Mercury was the lead vocalist of Queen - to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust Foundation.
Recently, the British automaker went back to that same route by unveiling another special edition Evora S, this time personalized by no less than The Who front man, Roger Daltrey.
With the help of Lotus, Daltrey was given the reins in personalizing this car. In addition to signing the car himself, Daltrey also added in red striping details, as well as a number of "The Who" badges and a Union Jack logo on the tailgate. For their part, Lotus gave the special edition Evora Tech and Premium packages that include a Metallic Black paint finish, a reversing camera, and best of all, a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 345 horsepower.
The Evora Roger Daltrey Edition is set to be auctioned off on December 1, 2011 with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
"Without teenagers and their energy and passion for music, we wouldn’t have Rock ’n Roll as we know it," Daltrey said. "There is no doubt in my mind that we’re really making a difference."
Interested bidders will need to bring their check books with them because the car is expected to go under the hammer for around £70,000, which is around $93,400 based on current exchange rates.
Lotus has made no bones about its plans to one day tussle with the big boys of the auto industry. One way the company is looking into breaking ground is by promoting its illustrious racing history and inspiring some of their production sports cars with hints and touches of their racing pedigree. One such model is the recently introduced Evora S GP Edition.
Dressed in a black paint scheme with distinctive gold striping, red mirrors, and spanking gold wheels, the Evora S GP Edition is the latest in a slew of special edition Lotus sports cars the company has introduced in the past years. If the colors of the Evora S GP Edition look a little familiar to you, it’s because you’ve seen it in previous Lotus models, most specifically with the Evora Enduro GT Concept earlier this year and the Lotus Renault Formula One race car.
In addition to its striking colors, the Evora S GP Edition also comes equipped with a rearview camera, as well as Lotus’ premium and technology packages.
Under the hood of the Evora S GP Edition, you’ll find a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 350 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque. The performance numbers translate to a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph.
Only three units of the Evora S GP Edition will be made available, each priced at £69,950, which is $109,155 based on current exchange rates.