2010 Lotus Exige 260 S

It's hard for me to fathom why you'd need something more extreme than an Elise or Elise SC, and with a $30,000 premium, this Exige seems even more outrageous. But the phenomenal thrust of the S 260 proves that this car can easily justify its price tag to the hardcore few that might want it.

While Phil is right that a Caterham may be the only true competitor to this Lotus, there are a lot of very appealing cars you can purchase for around $80,000 including the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, and Chevrolet Corvette Z06. I have to say that I would take any of those three cars for their greater usability over the Exige S 260. Even if you can register it, insure it, and drive it on the streets, it's just too out of place anywhere but the track.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

I'm a fan of Lotus but I've never owned one. As nice as they are from an enthusiast point of view they are pretty pricy and are more like toys than transportation. Hopefully the Evora will change that. Still you have to think if only the Evora was $45K instead of $65K. All that said you have to love what they make and I think Colin Chapman would approve of their poduct line.

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