Wait? How Long Until Lotus Replaces The Elise And Exige?

Sports Car

Amazing what can be done with a 20-year-old platform.

The Lotus Elise launched in 1996 and it's been built on the same platform ever since. The Exige coupe came along later and both cars have been updated over the years. Thing is, neither one is now being sold in the US. According to a recent Top Gear interview with Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, the UK sports car maker’s best market is currently Japan. The just-revealed Exige Sport 350 will undoubtedly sell well there as well as in Europe.

More interesting from that discussion, however, was Gale’s revelation about when we can expect to see replacements for the Elise and Exige. So when? Not for at least another four years. Gales also confirmed, and something we long expected, those replacements will be federalized for the US market. In the meantime, the larger and more expensive Evora will be returning to the US next year, now called the Evora 400. There’ll also be a roadster version of that coming in the near future. Lotus is still working to get back on its feet after many years of, well, poor sales. That can partially be blamed on lack of new products. In other words, those Elise and Exige replacements can’t come soon enough.

You Might Also Like
6 Cars Mitsubishi Should Build To Become Cool Again
6 Cars Mitsubishi Should Build To Become Cool Again
Family Cars With The Biggest Trunks
Family Cars With The Biggest Trunks
Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$51,845
Starting MSRP
$65,690