Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good You get what you expect from such a car - great curves thanks to the fibreglass bodywork and radically aggressive styling making this a sure head turner.

Quality componentry; Toyota Celica-sourced powerplant and high-grade aluminium alloy for the chassis. Plus, a sealed underbody for reduced drag, unheard of on the majority of cars.
Not so good Difficult to work on the car (require a hoist to change a headlight bulb). Poor everyday driving capabilities - hard work getting in and out, limited storage space (can feel claustrophobic to some).

There's no rear window, and only limited rear visibility through the mesh screen.

Can be difficult to reverse park (rear camera a dealer option) and other road users have difficulty seeing you in their mirrors - drive with caution.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The Lotus interior style guide = bare minimum. If you want to 'add less weight' the air-conditioner is a no-cost-option to be removed.

You can see the unique raw-aluminium 'welded tub’ chassis - this thing's a no-compromise street legal race car! Great forward and side vision. Single wiper isn't distracting and still does the trick at high speeds in the rain.
Not so good Carpets and cup holders are 'optional'. The Touring Pack is a must since comfort is lacking. Can get quite cold with exposed aluminium components. Not aesthetically pleasing enough inside for most. Not a great audio system. Needs more airbags.
Performance

Performance

Good Great high-revving (all the way to 9000rpm) 4-cyl tuned engine. The performance camshaft switches over around the 6000rpm mark; it's very quick and sounds great. Supercharger comes STANDARD for those car enthusiasts who want that “fear factor”. It'll stop on a dime with great breaks and tyres. Plus, there's a performance pack available for even more stopping power and performance!
Not so good High-revving and wonderful acceleration, but compared to its bigger-engined competitors it lacks top speed...
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good One of the best handling cars on the planet thanks to the suspension setup (and there's an optional performance track suspension upgrade available). The street legal racing tyres are extremely grippy. The steering is a dream at speed - direct & exact; it's as though you can feel the road through your fingers. The hardtop roof and additional spoilers with tuned aerodynamics increases downforce at high speeds so it doesn't get twitchy. We recommend the limited-slip differential.
Not so good Can be very uncomfortable for everyday use (you feel every bump) and the optional upgraded suspension adds to the already stiff ride. No power steering - annoying for low-speed manoeuvring. HID (high intensity discharge) headlights for night driving would be nice. Traction control not standard; and speaking of which the street legal race tyres are not good for driving in the wet. We recommend smooth tarmac at all times.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Great value for the performance you get; it's one of the best driving experiences and feels like a sports car should. The light components used for construction, along with the economy camshaft improves fuel economy to 8.5L/100km on the combined cycle. Servicing and upkeep not out of this world.
Not so good It probably shouldn't be your only car - can be an inconvenient daily driver for most. Smooth tarmac only - anywhere else ain't fun. Watch where you park, as the doors need to be fully opened to get out. The performance and handling can be intimidating for some...