Lotus is really trying to move the brand up-market. I think their intent is to sell the new cars side by side with other exotics, like Astons and Ferraris. Pricing on the newest cars is definitely alot more than it used to be. Criswell wasn't exactly a very impressive Lotus dealer. I just wanted to walk in and see some cars in the showroom, fun accessories for sale, and at least one car available for test drives. Been there twice, and all I got was ripped off on an order they placed, charged me for and then never processed. Lotus Garage is not cheap, but at least they send what you pay for!
That said, the fatter, new Elise, actually looks pretty neat, and is in the same price range as current models. It will be interesting to see if they drop in price to the low thirties/upper twenties like their brethren did. Let's hope Lotus opens a new dealer in Fairfax County, with a shiny showroom, a bevy of cars to check out, and a fully stocked parts and accessories department!
2013 Porsche Boxster (in silver and red, home at last!)
2011 BMW 128i cabrio, ///M Sport
2005 Elise in Racing Green with the touring pack (sold 8/6/12)
2007 MINI Cooper S in Sparkling Silver (sold)
Founder of the Racing Green Confederate