Review: Lotus Elise (2001 – 2011)


Quick, engaging roadster with terrific handling and grip.

They're getting cheaper second-hand but good used ones are still quite pricey. Potential head gasket failure models with the K Series engine.

Lotus Elise (2001 – 2011): At A Glance

What does a Lotus Elise (2001 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £41,230
Buy new from £39,035

Real MPG average for a Lotus Elise (2001 – 2011)

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Average performance


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30–48 mpg

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Buying a £15k sports car for track days and daily driving

I have a stock Toyota MR2 roadster that is excellent for track days. I have £15k to spend on something in the same vein that I can use in the UK and Europe for up to 10 trackdays a year. I want to have a lot of fun, but it will need to be passable as a daily drive. Should I get a Mazda RX7 or Lotus Elise?
Why not a Fiesta ST, maybe with Mountune mods. Not as pure a drive as an Elise, but huge fun and also practical as a daily driver.
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