12. LOTUS ELISE
The second generation Lotus Elise is worth driving before one dies due to its traits of combining low weight and high agility in a vehicle. The auto first debuted at the 1995 Frankfurt Auto Show, and it is based on a very rigid aluminum tub design. Weighing under 2,000 pounds, the car delivers one of the most intimate driving experiences of any automobile one will drive. The auto’s engine is a Toyota-sourced 1.8 liter, V4 that is rated at 189 horsepower. Combined with the overall low weight of the vehicle, this powertrain lets the car go from zero to 60 in under five seconds. The auto’s steering is unassisted, and cabin is fairly small, but overall driving experience is one not to miss.