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Lotus Elise Review

The Lotus Elise first came out in 1996 and changed the game in sports car design. Its composite body and lightweight aluminum chassis redefined the standard for its kind, forcing other competitors to follow suit and apply the same basic principle to their design. The most recent 2011 model includes significant upgrades such as brand new alloy wheels, headlights, tail-lights, and a two-year extension to the warranty. The Elise also offers 118b ft worth of torque at 134bhp, complies to the emissions regulations of Euro 5, and has reduced CO2 emissions by 16 per cent. The Elise comes in three trims: the Sport, Sport Touring, and Touring.

Pros

The ingenious base structure from 1996 remains in the latest 2011 model, along with enhanced features of the bonded, extruded, and strong lightweight aluminum chassis unit. Bolted to the chassis is a suspension and mid-mounted powertrain. Other notable features include the LED sidelamps on the headlight units that can readily guide you through the night and the standout shape of the grille that also includes a mesh-in fill. Attractive chrome lettering of the “Lotus” logo is seen in the vertical tail panel.

The 1.6-litre engine unit is impressive given the extremely heavy 900kg weight. Nonetheless, it’s able to arrive at 62mph from standstill in just 4.6 seconds. Plus it’s much faster in reaching 100mph by eight seconds next to the usual vehicle. This places the Lotus Elise in the league of the Nissan 370Z Roadster, the Porsche Boxter, and the BMW Z4 sDrive28i. Performance is adequate enough, promising drivers all the necessities as they shift gear. No need to worry about the engine being unable to pump hard when necessary. Plus both engines are able to rise above 5000rpm especially when you’re in need of that extra zest at the first four gears.

The Lotus Elise distinguishes itself in its ride and handling. Steering is sensitive and immediately takes effect, along with the revolving wheels that make the ride more than pleasurable. Resistance is provided for as you place more muscle into turning the wheel, while lock and lightness is felt as you turn. Feedback is quick, begging you to the test the wheel into each corner and journey transition. The mid-mounted engine enhances the experience with its neutral angle of attack and excellent traction. Stability generated not only assures safety but also encourages driver to shift into even the highest speed with free abandon. The vehicle’s handling is further enhanced by its ability to absorb small bumps, sudden dips, and long crests. Expect a slight provocation, however, from ridges.

Cons

Unfortunately the latest Elite upgrades did not cover the dated interior. The plastics on the dashboard continue to look cheap. The mirrors remain manual, the roof still difficult to remove, and the ventilation and heating controls looking crude. Seats are quite uncomfortable as well, unable to provide sufficient under-thigh support. Then there’s the need to buy the Touring Pack so that the engine noise will be muffled. It makes you wonder how much interior noise is actually heard without the Touring Pack. 

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Lotus Elise

                Lotus Elise is a sports car created by the British manufacturer Lotus Cars, which is a private limited company creating sports and racing cars. The Elise is a two door, two seater roadster that has a rear mid engine, rear wheel drive layout. The name Elise was derived from Elisa, who is the granddaughter of Lotus’ chairman at that period, Romano Artioli.

                This sports car is assembled in Hethel in Norfolk. England, and is created as a successor of the Lotus Elan, a coupé and roadster produced in 1962. The Elise began production in the year 1996, and it was released in September of that year. This car is characterized to have a speed of 240 kilometers per hour or 150 miles per hour, and it has a hand finished fibreglass body.

                The first Lotus Elise called the Series 1 was produced in the years 1996 until 2001 with a five speed manual transmission. This version is designed by Julian Thomson who is head of the Lotus design team, and by Richard Rackham, who is the chief engineer of Lotus Cars. In 2002, Series 2 of Elise began production with a five speed manual and six speed manual transmission.

                Other versions of the car include the 111S, which is a faster edition, the 340R which is a roofless limited edition model released in 2000, the Exige, which is a hardtop version also released in 2000, 111R or Federal Elise, and Zytek Lotus Elise, an electric sports car. Other special edition versions include Sport 190, Sport 135R, Jim Clark Type 25, Club Racer, Sports Racer, Final Edition, Purist Edition, California Edition, 50th Anniversary Edition, 60th Anniversary Edition, Lotus Sport 111, Type 23, Type 25, Type 49, Type 72, and Type 99T. 

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