How the Lotus Elise Works

By: Ed Grabianowski

Buying an Elise

Elise 111R in Arctic Silver
Elise 111R in Arctic Silver
Photo courtesy Group Lotus PLC

The Elise is different from many high-performance European cars in more ways than one. For one thing, you don't have to be a millionaire to buy one. While the stock sticker price of $40,780 isn't exactly chump change, it hardly compares to the $600,000 supercars that are available.

The main stumbling block with the Elise is a low supply. Only 2,200 Elises were initially shipped to the United States, so many potential buyers are on long waiting lists. When the first Elise was delivered to the United States in July 2004, pre-orders were already in excess of the production run. You can't just walk into a Lotus dealership and buy one -- every car must be special-ordered.


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