2012 Lotus Elise S review – What Car?

28 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 Lotus Elise S review – What Car?
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2012 Lotus Elise S

The 2012 Lotus Elise S is the supercharged version of the Lotus roadster – it replaces the SC, which was phased out in 2011.

A new gives the Elise S more than its predecessor, developing ft instead of 156lb ft. Power remains the same at 217bhp, but CO2 have dropped from to 175g/km. Average fuel is 4.3mpg better at 37.5mpg.

Prices start at £36,200, is an £8100 premium over the Elise and £8700 more the stripped-out Elise CR model.

the 2012 Lotus Elise S to drive?

As ever, the Elise is an hoot to drive and this new provides a welcome boost in shove.

As a 0-60mph figure of 4.2 suggests, the Elise S is startlingly and although the engine doesn’t get into its stride until revs, there’s plenty of whenever you put your foot

Engine apart, there are no changes compared with the SC. The remains one of the most engaging and cars to drive, with agile handling, lots of and steering that feeds back through the wheel.

Our drive was limited to a few laps of the test track at Hethel, but it was to suggest that the tweaks done nothing to damage the blend of sharp handling and ride comfort.

The Elise’s directness remains of its appeal, but rivals such as the MX-5 provide similar fun the rough edges. In particular, the gearshift needs a firm and the steering is heavy at parking There’s also a lot of engine, and road noise in the cabin, at fairly low speeds.

What’s the Lotus Elise S like

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There’s not a lot inside the Elise’s but what there is remains rather than appealing. has changed since the launch of the model, so the switchgear now looks Everything feels built to hard use, but the exposed and rough-and-ready materials are at odds a car that costs roughly the as (just £1389 less the cheapest Porsche Boxster .

A fixed steering wheel and back mean the driving isn’t for everyone, either, and is as tricky as ever, due to the low seats and sill.

Should I buy one?

At the Elise S provides a useful in power over the standard for an extra £8100. Running are lower than you might thanks to an official average of and CO2 emissions of 175g/km.

The Elise S gives you a lot of performance – and fun – for the Rivals such as the Mazda are more well-rounded and cost less to buy, however, and hard to ignore the appeal of the Porsche Boxster.

What says…

Leo Wilkinson

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