The Else range is pretty simple, based primarily around two engines and two trim levels, 'Sport' and 'Sprint'. Prices start from just over around £32,000 for the 1.6-litre engine, but you'll need around £40,000 for the pokier 1.8-litre supercharged unit. At the top of the range sits the track-orientated Elise Cup 250 variant, but for that, you'll need the best part of £50,000.
External design touches for the Elise Sprint variants include a matt black 'transom panel', black wheels which come with custom contrasting metal-spun rims, distinctive side stripes on the bodywork and unique side and rear badging. Other highlights include bodywork colour-keyed inserts for the sports seats and transmission console, along with Sprint badge stitching. The Sprint's detailing continues inside with an array of optional Alcantara trim panels on the doors, sills, seats and vents surrounds, all with contrasting stitching.
Rivals for the Elise are drawn from all over the place. In terms of outright performance, the more powerful models can live with some real exotica, vehicles costing four or five times the price. A more direct challenge comes from trackday specials like the Caterham Seven and the Ariel Atom but even an Elise is easier to live with than these hooligans.