Following production of 51,738 cars over 26 years Lotus ended production of the Elise, Exige, and Evora sports cars as they prepare to begin production of the new Lotus Emira.
Those three models comprise nearly half of the total production of Lotus cars in its 73-year history. In addition to their own models, Lotus also built 9,715 cars for third-party clients including Tesla and GM, including 2,515 Tesla Roadsters built between 2007 and 2012.
The final examples of each model are reserved for Lotus’ heritage collection. Specifically they are a Cup 430 Final Edition Exige in Heritage Racing Green, a Sport 240 Final Edition Elise in Yellow, and a GT430 Sport Evora in Dark Metallic Grey.
The next Lotus to be available is the Emira, a mid-engineered sports car that was launched last July and will be the final gas-powered car built by Lotus. The Type 132, Lotus’ first SUV will be revealed in the Spring and will join the Evija hypercar in Lotus’ lineup of electric-powered vehicles. A few years from now we expect to see the Type 135 as well.