2016 Lotus 3-Eleven: A Sports Car Meant for the Track

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven: A Sports Car Meant for the Track

The True Definition of a Track Car

The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven sports car is a vehicle that is truly built for the track. In 2016, the 3-Eleven was for sale by Lotus at two separate price points. The reason for the separate pricing is that there are two variations of the 3-Eleven. First off, there is the tamer version titled the “Road” model. Secondly, there is a track version called the “Race” model. Each version offers a different take on this sports car which alters the overall purpose of it.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Front - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Front – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

3.5-Liter Supercharged Toyota V6 Engine

The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven sports a 3.5-liter supercharged Toyota V6 engine. This is the same engine that appears in the Evora and Exige. On a special note, the 3-Eleven is 10 seconds faster around the track in comparison to the Evora 400. First, the 3-Eleven Road has 410 horsepower and 302 lb.-ft. of torque. This version can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Second, the 3-Eleven Race has 460 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque. This model reaches 60 mph in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. Basically, one version is slightly peppier than the other.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Engine - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Engine – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

Deeper Comparison of Road and Street Versions

Other than the power difference, each model is for sale with a different transmission. The Road version has a conventional manual transmission. In the Race model, there is a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The next major difference is the MSRP prices. The 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven Road starts at a MSRP of $129,000. If the Race model attracts you, that will arrive with a hefty MSRP of $181,000. Regardless of the model, both of these cars are unique track capable cars.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven - Rear Corner - Lotus Cars - EuroDrift

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven – Rear Corner – Lotus Cars – EuroDrift

The Spirit of Lotus is within the 3-Eleven


Overall, the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven is the definition of a track car with the spirit of Lotus. The 24 valve, water-cooled, and all-aluminum engine complements the styling exterior of this car. The power numbers for the size are phenomenal and allow for a pull-back experience. Lastly, the price difference may be a deterrent but either model would be great for a track day. In conclusion, the 3-Eleven is truly a car that is meant for the track.

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