With only 50 units being made and a price tag of £47,900 you would be lucky to be able to obtain the new special edition of the Elise.


Marking the 50th anniversary of its placement in Hethel, Norfolk, Lotus have decided to create a special edition of the Elise 250.

It weighs in at just 899kg due to the hand-finished carbon fibre and aluminium components. The carbon fibre components include a front splitter, rear wing, tailgate, and front access panel as well as carbon-fibre sports seats in leather.

The new special edition Lotus Elise 250 contains the usual 1.8-litre supercharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and it produces 243bhp with 250Nm of torque. This results in a 270bhp per tonne.

The Elise can reach 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 154mph. It also achieved Hethel circuit time of 1 min 34 seconds.

It carries over the same suspension and braking components from the Cup 250, plus the switchable ESP system. Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, air-con, enhanced sound insulation and even cruise control can be specified.

However, even though it may seem all nice and amazing, the Lotus Elise 250 special edition remains as the most expensive Elise on sale at £47,900 as the base price. This means that if you want to add any of the special options you will have to spend a lot more of your money in order to get the full experience. Although if you buy a car such as this I doubt you would have to worry too much about the money. A Porsche 718 Cayman S is just £2,000 more than the Elise as an example.

All of this makes the special edition much lighter and faster than the previous model so this might be worth looking out for if you have an interest in exclusive vehicles or just want to stand out as one of the 50 people to own this model.

What do you think of this Elise 250 special edition? Does it catch your attention, or do you consider it to be a cash grab from Lotus? Please make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.