The fact remains, you should want a Lotus because they're brilliant, and here are a few of my later-generation favourites. Which ones do you adore?
Lotus Esprit Turbo
The first British supercar? That would have to be the Esprit Turbo. A second-generation Turbo model from 1987 did 163mph and 0-60mph in 5.3sec. Two years later, though, came the SE, which had 264bhp and cut that 0-60 figure down to just 4.7sec. Golly.
Lotus Esprit S4
Without a doubt, the friendliest Esprit of all is the S4. That isn't surprising, as it has ABS brakes and power steering, really transforming the Esprit into a car that you can actually park. The higher-performance S4S is the most desirable model of all, though. It is a V8 lookalike, with very similar performance but none of the problems.
Lotus Elise S2
Launched in 2001, the Elise Series 2 with its distinctive lizard-eye headlamps was a leap forward for the model and the marque. It still had the MG 1.8-litre K-series engine, which many forget was re-engineered by Lotus to be better, although it is still worth checking for head gasket issues.
Even more than a Seven, the Exige is a road-legal racer. The revamped Series 2 model from 2004 ditched the Rover engine for Toyota power and received a minor facelift, and many believe that it was all the better for it. Available in Touring Pack, more comprehensive Super Touring (airbags) and track-focused Super Sports guises.
Lotus Elise S1
Launched in July 1996 with the 1796cc Rover engine previously seen in the MG F and the 200, it produced an adequate but not overwhelmingly impressive 118bhp. However, the car weighed just 725kg, and that translated into a 0-60mph time of just six seconds. Acceleration is awesome and only the slightly notchy gearchange can slow you down.
The Elan was revived in 1990 as a thoroughly modern sports car. Composite plastic body, brilliant handling, effortless performance… all the usual Lotus magic ingredients were there. A Japanese Isuzu turbocharged engine meant that it wouldn’t break down, either. Purists didn’t like the engine, or the front-wheel drive layout, or the fact that it was as wide as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, though. Not the big hit that it could have been, largely due to the presence of the Mazda MX-5, so just 3855 were built.