Lotus cars with highest top speed

Top 27 fastest Lotus cars in the world. Updated July 2021.

Top speed is, probably, the first performance metric that comes to mind when comparing fast cars.

Top speed depends on balance between engine power and aerodynamic drag - the more power and less drag, the higher the top speed.

High speed stability also matters, since too low downforce can lead to loss of control at speed.

In recent years high performance cars have been tailored for track performance, which, unavoidably, reduces top speed. Therefore the overall top speed is used less in supercar comparisons.

Despite this shift to increased downforce, modern supercars are faster than their predecessors - all thanks to dramatic increase in engine power over the past few decades.

# make & model Speed (mph)▼ Image
1. 1998 Lotus Elise GT1 Type 115 199 Photo of 1998 Lotus Elise GT1 Type 115
2. 2019 Lotus Evora GT 188 Photo of 2019 Lotus Evora GT
3. 2016 Lotus Evora 400 186 Photo of 2016 Lotus Evora 400
4. 2016 Lotus Evora Sport 410 185 Photo of 2016 Lotus Evora Sport 410
5. 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven Race 180 Photo of 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven Race
6. 2018 Lotus Exige 410 Sport 180 Photo of 2018 Lotus Exige 410 Sport
7. 2017 Lotus Exige Cup 430 180 Photo of 2017 Lotus Exige Cup 430
8. 2021 Lotus Emira 180 Photo of 2021 Lotus Emira
9. 1996 Lotus Esprit V8 179 Photo of 1996 Lotus Esprit V8
10. 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 175 Photo of 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350
11. Lotus Exige S 173 Photo of Lotus Exige S
12. 2011 Lotus Evora S 172 Photo of 2011 Lotus Evora S
13. 2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup 170 Photo of 2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup
14. 2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster 170 Photo of 2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster
15. 1993 Lotus Esprit Sport 300 169 Photo of 1993 Lotus Esprit Sport 300
16. 1995 Lotus Esprit S4s 168 Photo of 1995 Lotus Esprit S4s
17. 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE 166 Photo of 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE
18. 1993 Lotus Esprit S4 165 Photo of 1993 Lotus Esprit S4
19. 1996 Lotus Esprit GT3 164 Photo of 1996 Lotus Esprit GT3
20. 1990 Lotus Esprit X180R 163 Photo of 1990 Lotus Esprit X180R
21. 2010 Lotus Evora 162 Photo of 2010 Lotus Evora
22. 1995 Lotus Esprit S4s 162 Photo of 1995 Lotus Esprit S4s
23. 2008 Lotus Exige S 240 158 Photo of 2008 Lotus Exige S 240
24. 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo 156 Photo of 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo
25. 2010 Lotus Exige S 155 Photo of 2010 Lotus Exige S
26. 2005 Lotus Exige 240R 155 Photo of 2005 Lotus Exige 240R
27. 2006 Lotus Exige S Performance-Pack 152 Photo of 2006 Lotus Exige S Performance-Pack

Sources

FastestLaps.com (1, 3, 7, 8, 10-14, 16-18, 20, 21, 23, 25-27), Car & Driver (2), Sport Auto France (4), Sport Auto (5), Auto Bild Sportscars (6), Motortrend (9), Autocar (15), Car Magazine (19), Automobil Revue (22), Auto Motor und Sport (24)

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 07/07/2021, last addition - Lotus Emira.