The arrival of the 2010 Lotus Elite comes from integrating the newest technological developments of Lotus with the imaginative and playful elegance in design. Its body is compact yet still has a superb and graceful unassuming modern classic look. It is a perfect example of ironies in sports cars. Its light weight of 1650 kg is fit for racing yet it still guarantees the compactness of the vehicle. Its V8 cylinder engine with a capacity of five liters allows a dynamic high-performance, yet shows a low emission of carbon dioxide, roughly only 215 g/km of CO2.
The power has also an integrated energy recovery system stirring up 612 hp and 720 Nm of torque. It can accelerate to 100 km in an average of 3.6 seconds, with the top speed at 315 km/h. Lotus has planned and developed more technologies that are utilized in the Elite; examples of which are the hybrid technology with KERS and the slick retractable hard top version.