More tempting is the Sport Pack option, intended for owners who'll take their Elise to the track. Dampers are uprated, as on the Elise Cup models. Basic S2 models had a 1,795 cc 1. Lotus Elise: The Official Story. So the cars won't be all that easy to get for a while. Throttle is available to do more than just speed up and slow down. Need to be cosseted in luxury far removed from the passing world? The quality of materials, the accuracy of assembly, and the likely reliability appear not at all compromised.
The cheapest version in Europe had a 1. Consumers today expect a car to be trouble-free, and no one would be prepared to cut Lotus any slack. You have a car that's 149 inches long and almost 44 high, so you're expected to make some sacrifices in utility. The service provider will transport the vehicle in an enclosed trailer protected from weather conditions and road debris. There's no waiting, no wondering, just doing. Perhaps, but I've seen retired couples at autocross sharing the fun of playing Davids among the Goliaths. But the harder ride and heavier, nibbly steering make for a somewhat less cheerful, compliant car, and we'd probably pass.
The Series 2 Exige has been followed by the limited-edition Lotus Sport Exige 240R, incorporating a Lotus-developed supercharger atop the Lotus engine. The 111S models were discontinued in 2005 in favour of the Toyota powerplant. Fast-forward to 2004 and the sports-car landscape has changed significantly. Its 70 kg 154 lb extruded space frame and lightweight composite body shell are factors in its low kerb weight of 875 kg 1,929 lb. But the Elise is the same eager dance partner. Finally, 190 horsepower and 138 pound-feet may not sound like the stuff of speed-lust, but with only 1975 pounds of car to resist its will, that output can flat motivate. For 2008, there were several additions to the Lotus line-up.
Start it up and anyone familiar with the European-spec Elise will immediately notice a difference. One glance at the spec sheet and you figure the new Elise will uphold company tradition for driveability and performance. At speeds over 70 mph, the Elise simply sails over the tops of most bumps and remains rock-steady well into triple digits. Horsepower was certainly welcome, though not necessarily essential, as handling and agility were at least as important as outright speed. Its forged aluminum wheels are nearly 20 lb.
There is an example of the Zytek Elise on display at the. The engine fires to an eager but not too raspy blat, and as you orient on the pedals and snick the shifter into first, you notice two key points: First, spacing of the pedals isn't overly cramped, but you'll still do better with skinny loafers than with wide-soled running shoes; and second, the slop-free linkage and light gate return springs Lotus has selected make this six-speed a friendlier gearbox than it's ever been before. Enclosed Transport: Highest level of care. The car was heavier than the production model of that time, and had a considerably more powerful 2. Its 190 horsepower and 1975 pounds put the Elise in a class of one, regardless of price.
These also came with associated handling upgrades such as Lotus Sport Suspension and wider wheels with Yokohama Advan A048 tyres. It doesn't fall off the cam on upshifts, which enhances the engine's ability to provide ready torque and willing response whenever the driver asks. Putting all this go, stop, and grip together, the Elise navigated our figure-eight course at 24. Once the road gets curvy, vast reserves of grip instill a sense of confidence that's rarely challenged. The 2005 Lotus Elise was the first to be sold commercially in the United States, in the summer of 2004. In the case of our Sport package-equipped test car, some chassis components have been specially tuned for racetrack duty. The Sprint can be had with either a 1.
Gently driven in traffic, the Elise accelerates smartly from a stoplight. A dragstrip launch and shifting at its 8500-rpm redline awakens the Mr. Rocketing to a new 600-foot-slalom record for a certified production car, the Elise made us wonder if we'd inadvertently set up a 500-foot course instead. The interiors of the Cali's were produced in a light two-tone leather Biscuit and the exterior modifications included a silver front grille a nod to vintage-Ferrari , body-coloured shutter grills on the side inlets and engine cover, enhanced 16-spoke wheels, and a large spoiler that covers the upper-rear deck 72-D style. The Proton-assembled Elises were assigned the code 'B' in the eleventh position, while the original -built units were stamped with the code 'H'.
But would you want that? While both mid-engine cars exhibit uncanny balance, the Lotus's non-power-assisted mechanical steering offers the kind of feedback and immediacy normally found in race cars. The design of the body paid homage to the earlier M250 , and was the first Lotus to be designed on a computer. Several new colour options for 2008 were brought to the marketplace. That was our big concern. The owner says it can crank out 11 psi of boost on 93 octane gas, which helps it achieve the aforementioned power and torque ratings. The Sport pack's stickier rubber and 1-in.