(5.0) 1 reviews
MSRP: $36,344$59,380
Body Style: Convertible
Engine: 190-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
Seats: 2
2008 Lotus Elise

Our Take on the 2008 Lotus Elise

Our Take

For 2008, the Lotus Elise gets revised gauges and a few new accessories, as well as a limited-run California Special Edition and supercharged 220-horsepower Elise SC version. The Elise is a compact, lightweight sports car meant for track driving. As such, its competitors generally boast more com... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Seating space
  • Ride comfort
  • Cargo room
  • Sparse cabin

Notable Features

  • Lotus-tuned 190-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 220-hp supercharged Elise SC
  • Six-speed manual
  • Removable hardtop available

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.