No one can deny the fact that buying a limited edition car gives you sense of entitlement and belonging. You get to drive it around on special occasions and get recognized by your peers as well as the manufacturer as one of the few people to have a special association with the brand. In this article, we are going to look at the top 5 Lotus Cars that manufactured on a limited edition basis, and as one would expect, they cost more than what you would pay for an average car on the market. Furthermore, they are cars that Lotus Cars designed to exhibit power, speed, and sportsmanship associated with cars.
Lotus Elise GT1
Lotus Cars developed the Lotus Elise GT1 to be a Grandtourer-Style racing car to compete competitively with GT1 cars from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz; only six of them. The car came at a price tag at $1,100,000, and was powered by a 3.5I v8 engine. Using a six-speed chronological gearbox, it was capable of attaining a top speed of 378km/hr. Production was halted after the cars experienced trouble in transmission, power, and chassis problem. Furthermore, they weren’t sold to the public, instead, only Lotus Cars racing teams and professional drivers were allowed to own and modify them to perfection, although their efforts weren’t successful.
Lotus Exos T125
The Lotus Exos T125 is a F1 racing car by Lotus Cars, and only a maximum of 25 were planned for initially, with each one going for $800,000 in 2010. Weighing a mere 1,433 lb, the Lotus Exos T125 had an all carbon fiber body styled as a F1 racing car with only one seat and an open cockpit. Furthermore, its 650 HP Cosworth V8 engine with a 10,300 RPM and an onboard starter were designed power it for 2,800-miles without servicing, which is equivalent of a space shuttle making a half-dozen trips before being grounded for servicing. It wasn’t designed for the general public, but for a special club of elite owners who would later form their own club of Lotus Exos T125 F1 racing.
Lotus F1 Team Limited Edition Evora GTE
The Lotus F1 Team Limited Edition Evora GTE was released in 2010, and premiered at the Geneva Motor Show, and as most Lotus sports cars, it had a carbon fiber body. It’s capable of attaining a speed of 60mph within 4.2 seconds using its 3.5 liter supercharged V6 engine that supplies a staggering 440bph.It weighed about 200 lbs less than the typical Evero S, while maintaining an imposing look from its dimensions that are several inches more, which were borrowed from an endurance car. It’s a perfect example of a car in limited supply but manufactured for the general global market, at a price tag of $200,000.
Lotus Evora S – 2010
The Lotus Evora S, released in 2010 was a successful release and it’s powered by a Toyota 3.5-liter V6 engine, but with a modification that added a supercharger that boosted its power to 350bhp from the standard 276bhp of the Toyota 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Lotus Evora S (2010) can do 0-62mph in less than 5 seconds, and can manage a top speed of 170mph. Some of its distinguishing features are a structural carbon fiber roof, carbon front splitter, and forged alloy rims, while its interior had a perforated leather and plush suede finish. The Lotus Evora S (2010) has a price tag of $150,000.
Lotus Exige S roadster (2012)
A 3.5 liter supercharged 6-cylinder engine, powers the 2012 Lotus Exige S roadster with each cylinder having four valves, which allows it to deliver 345bhp and a maximum revolution of 4500 rpm. It’s equipped with a 6-speed gearbox that transfers power back to the rear wheels to achieve a top speed of 145mph. The 2012 Lotus Exige S roadster has a 2-door convertible design with an engine that is position in the middle of the hood to power the rear wheels, and has a price tag of $130,000. They designed it as a high-end sports car that offers a balance between price and prestige.