In a celebration of style and lightweight performance, and helping mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s famous Hethel site, Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection: the Elise 250 Special Edition.


Based on the critically acclaimed Elise Cup 250, but featuring a raft of exclusive components as standard, the Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition offers an outstanding combination of performance and panache.

With a supercharged 243 hp engine, a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a unique, hand-finished interior, it perfectly defines the quintessential British sportscar in this celebration year.


As an antidote to sterilised and staid modern cars, Lotus’ approach continues to deliver the purest, undiluted driving experience.

Tipping the scales at just 899 kg, through the utilisation of advanced materials including carbon fibre and aluminium, the Elise 250 Special Edition remains true to the company’s philosophy of ‘Light is Right’ and is capable of humbling far more common, yet expensive, rivals.


Draped in a composite body and finished in one of four of the firm’s favourite colours, the Elise 50th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 50 examples.

With a high specification as standard, and benchmark engineering, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of contemporary design.

From the hand-made carbon components, to the hand-finished leather seats, it sets the standard for exclusive sports cars.

Top Speed


0 – 60 MPH


Max Power




In Action


  • Focused minimalism
  • Carbon fibre sports seats
  • Dark blue or dark grey leather trim, with contrast stiching
  • Small diameter leather steering wheel
  • Engine start push button


  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 1.8-litre engine develops 243 hp (246 PS)
  • Delivers punchy 184 lbft (250 Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Lotus-developed Electronic Throttle Control
  • Exhilarating acceleration

  • Celebrating 50 years of Lotus at Hethel
  • Limited to just 50 examples
  • Race-bred suspension
  • Confident on-track
  • Capable on-road

  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Carbon-fibre front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panel as standard
  • Four colour options: metallic light blue, classic red, yellow and white

  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds)


Advanced lightweight construction
Aluminium chassis-tub
Aerodynamic composite bodywork
Agile handling
Mid-engined dynamic balance


Max power243 hp at 7,200 rpm (246 PS)
Max torque184 lbft at 3,500-5,500 rpm (250 Nm)
0-60 mph3.9 seconds
0-100 km/h4.3 seconds
Max speed154 mph (248 km/h)
Unladen weight899 kg
Power to weight ratio270 hp/tonne (274 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban28.0 (10.1)
Extra Urban47.1 (6.0)
Combined37.7 (7.5)
CO2 emissions175 g/km
All alloy, 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i, 16-valve with chargecooled superchargerStandard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel driveStandard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control systemStandard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratiosStandard
Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structureStandard
T45 motorsport hoopStandard
Fully independent double wishbone sports suspension with adjustable front anti-roll barStandard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rearStandard
Eibach springs, front and rearStandard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipersStandard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated brake discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rearStandard
Track tuned ABS systemStandard
Driver selectable ESP modesStandard
Lightweight lithium ion batteryStandard
Exterior Specification
Ultra Lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)Standard
Front Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 195/50 ZR16Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan A048 LTS tyres 225/45 ZR17Standard
Carbon fibre front splitter, rear wing, tailgate and front access panelStandard
Roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in silver finishStandard
Halogen front main and dip lights with integrated direction indicatorsStandard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicatorsStandard
Black soft-topStandard
Clear sill stone chip protection filmStandard


A choice of silver and black leather or silver and blue leather trimStandard
Carbon fibre sports seats trimmed in leather with contrast stitchingStandard
Black leather trimmed steering wheelStandard
Black leather trimmed sills with contrast stitchingStandard
Polished aluminium gear knob and leather handbrake sleeveStandard
Engine start push buttonStandard
Driver and passenger airbagsStandard


Carbon fibre hard topOption
Air conditioningOption
Ultra-lightweight black forged alloy wheels (16” front and 17” rear)Option
Cruise controlOption
Full carpetOption
Floor matsOption
Sound insulationOption
Auxiliary driving lightsOption
Classic Blue, Yellow, Red or White metallic paint finishStandard
Black Pack (including roll hoop cover, wing mirror caps, rear transom panel, rear diffuser and wing uprights painted in matt black)Option

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