We put our man behind the wheel of the supercharged Elise
28 February 2008

How easy is it to justify £34,000 for an Elise?Expensive though it is, the Elise SC is also mightily effective. The supercharged 1.8-litre puts out 217bhp and 156lb ft of torque, propelling the 900kg Elise to 60mph in 4.4sec and on to 100mph in just 10.7sec.But does the SC encroach on the hardcore Exige, or does it step neatly into the role of range-topping Elise?Chris Harris got behind the wheel of Lotus' latest creation to find out whether fitting a supercharger to the Elise is a step too far, or a stroke of genius.

Watch the video here.

Our Verdict

Lotus Elise

Is the Lotus Elise still the last word in open-top British sports car fun?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic
  • First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The newest version of Rolls-Royce's flagship model sets new standards for opulence and luxury whether you're driving it or being driven in it