Lightest cars

Top 40 lightest cars. Updated September 2022.

The cheapest, most simple and lightest car below compact and sub-compact hatchback used to be the classic microcar from 1950s 1960s and 1970s.

One or two occupants, tiny twin cylinder motorcycle engine, no power steering, air conditioning or any non-essentials.

Those type of cars died off after stricter crash testing regulations were introduced in late 1980s, and even sub-compacts have grown in size and weight every year since.

Few modern sportscars still remain in the rarefied sub 1000 kg (2200 lb) class and most of the cars in this list are well over 40 years old.

# make & model Weight (lbs)▼ Image
1. 2021 Kia Niro EV 0 Photo of 2021 Kia Niro EV
2. 1963 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS 1391 Photo of 1963 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
3. 1996 Lotus Elise S1 1607 Photo of 1996 Lotus Elise S1
4. 2001 Lotus Elise 135R 1720 Photo of 2001 Lotus Elise 135R
5. 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale 1731 Photo of 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
6. 2002 Lotus Elise S2 111S 1777 Photo of 2002 Lotus Elise S2 111S
7. 1983 Peugeot 205 Rallye 1784 Photo of 1983 Peugeot 205 Rallye
8. 1971 Morgan +8 1814 Photo of 1971 Morgan +8
9. 1986 Renault 5 GT Turbo 2 1845 Photo of 1986 Renault 5 GT Turbo 2
10. 1991 VW Polo G40 1852 Photo of 1991 VW Polo G40
11. 1985 Fiat Uno Turbo 1863 Photo of 1985 Fiat Uno Turbo
12. 1984 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6l 1874 Photo of 1984 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6l
13. 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 1881 Photo of 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2
14. 2010 Lotus Elise Sport Racer 1900 Photo of 2010 Lotus Elise Sport Racer
15. 1990 Ford Shogun 1911 Photo of 1990 Ford Shogun
16. 1982 VW Golf GTI 1.8 1918 Photo of 1982 VW Golf GTI 1.8
17. 2006 Lotus Elise S2 1933 Photo of 2006 Lotus Elise S2
18. 1960 Porsche 356 B 1600 Super 90 Cabriolet 1938 Photo of 1960 Porsche 356 B 1600 Super 90 Cabriolet
19. 1990 Rover Metro GTI 1949 Photo of 1990 Rover Metro GTI
20. 1986 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9l 1949 Photo of 1986 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9l
21. 2004 Lotus Elise 111R 1960 Photo of 2004 Lotus Elise 111R
22. 2008 Lotus Exige Cup 260 1962 Photo of 2008 Lotus Exige Cup 260
23. 1986 Reliant Scimitar 1800 Ti 1973 Photo of 1986 Reliant Scimitar 1800 Ti
24. 2004 Lotus Exige 1973 Photo of 2004 Lotus Exige
25. 2011 Lotus Elise 1.6 1978 Photo of 2011 Lotus Elise 1.6
26. 1985 Marcos Mantula (193 PS) 1978 Photo of 1985 Marcos Mantula (193 PS)
27. 1983 Ford Escort RS1700 T 1984 Photo of 1983 Ford Escort RS1700 T
28. 1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT 1984 Photo of 1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT
29. 1991 Suzuki Swift GTi 2017 Photo of 1991 Suzuki Swift GTi
30. 1990 Ford Fiesta 2017 Photo of 1990 Ford Fiesta
31. 2008 Lotus Elise SC 2022 Photo of 2008 Lotus Elise SC
32. 1963 Porsche 356 C 1600 C 2026 Photo of 1963 Porsche 356 C 1600 C
33. 1986 VW Scirocco II GTI 16V 2050 Photo of 1986 VW Scirocco II GTI 16V
34. 2021 Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2050 Photo of 2021 Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition
35. 2000 Stealth B6 2050 Photo of 2000 Stealth B6
36. 2010 Lotus Exige S RGB 2055 Photo of 2010 Lotus Exige S RGB
37. 2005 Lotus Exige S 2059 Photo of 2005 Lotus Exige S
38. 1984 VW Golf GTI 8V 2064 Photo of 1984 VW Golf GTI 8V
39. 2012 Lotus Elise S 2068 Photo of 2012 Lotus Elise S
40. 2006 Lotus Exige S Performance-Pack 2072 Photo of 2006 Lotus Exige S Performance-Pack

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 09/29/2022, last addition - Marcos Mantula (193 PS).