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Lotus Elise

Driving Nirvana: The Lotus S

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I’ve to the realization that the pace in days fly by when you spend with a car, is directly to how good it is. If this is the case the Lotus Elise S I had the pleasure of recently must be a very car because it seemed to have and gone in the blink of an eye. In the this little red car has cemented high in my personal ranks of top cars. Lotus has refreshed the old that made the previous of the Elise phenomenal machines…

created a superb evolution every single angle. have even made it an machine to live with it or not, but in a way that its fundamental aren’t hampered in any way. So if you do the chance to jump in one of these what you will discover is a and engaging handling mated to a potent engine…

…all up in what is a rather pleasant The new design has an unmistakable continuity, makes the Elise as recognizable as on the street.

There’s a great mix of curves and more angular

…and the new single headlight works wonders at uncluttering the end. The Elise still has evident functionality about it; a car that has been crafted for the purpose of driving and every both visual and mechanical…

at this underlying purpose.

The “S” next to the Elise badge on the bumper, as well as the small lip draped over the rear distinguishes this top of the line from the base model car is powered by a 1.6L engine). the lightweight FRP hood sits a Toyota 2ZR-FE…

…supercharged thanks to the addition of a R900 Eaton-type blower, power to 217 HP and giving a decent 250 Nm lb/ft) of torque at 4,600 Now, compared to the cars we get to drive, this might not like anything too special but all cars that come out lack of weight is on the Elise S’s

It might not be as featherweight as those that hit the scales at well 800 Kg, but for today’s standards the S’s 924 kg curb remains impressive.

Not wanting to any time on driving pointless in the city I took the little to my favorite driving spot, With hundreds of miles of semi-deserted mountain roads, I had the to spend some quality time with it. But before we get to the side of things…

…let’s taking in all the details of this S. The aluminum chassis is suspended by a wishbone layout at all four with damping taken of by Bilstein shocks, mated to springs. By following the old “if it ain’t don’t fix it formula,” the handling and geometry hasn’t really much compared to the previous Same with the brakes; the AP Racing 2-pot front remain and are paired with 288 mm rotors.

Same diameter discs are fitted at the back but with Brembo 1-pot slide-type This brake set up has been more than enough for the car and I absolutely no evidence that isn’t the case. As with cars the middle pedal is firm, beautifully progressive and gauged right up to the limits of

And when I say grip, I mean levels of grip. A great of this is mostly do to the Advan AD07 tires the car comes as standard, 175/55 sizes the front 16-inch rims and wider 225/45 on the 17-inch The wheel themselves are lightweight items, part of the sports and as you can see having very nicely offsets front and back.

The black is a superb contrast to the deep red, but that’s my opinion.

Aside from the aluminum in the interior there is hint at the Elise’s lightweight the door hinges. I thought was a beautiful detail and something I had a look at every time I got in and out of the

I’ll get the negative aspects of the out of the way now, before I go any further. I’m not to lie; if you are over 6 ft the entrance and procedure will require contortionism and if you happen to be a little on the side be prepared to end up in some positions as you attempt to not only get frame though the door but get your lower limbs up and the chunky sills. By the time I the car to Lotus I had literally ripped the seal off the driver’s side section by rubbing my left against it every time I got in and

Oh and meet this little He may seem like a harmless for the door, but if you don’t give him the he deserves he will, and I speak experience, impale you.

from this however, I absolutely no other issue the Elise. Once you get into you are presented with this Momo steering wheel there is an airbag in there – and on the side too)…

…and a simple instrument binnacle, kind of reminded me of a bike’s panel.

The supportive bucket accommodate a wide range of and are bolted beautifully low onto the low floor, the first ingredient for a driving position.

On the right of road your feet become dancing partners these three alumiunm so it’s a very good that they are perfectly for proper heel-and-toeing antics – if I really had to be picky I would preferred if the accelerator pedal had a lower section.

The 6-speed is the final piece of the puzzle, a little gearbox with a and precise ….

The Elise with stability control, or Performance Management in Lotus-speak. has two functions; the regular setting is on all the time or the “Sport” mode is selectable via this little next to the shifter. This the car to move around more you are pushing over the limit – and if you you can turn it completely off with the on the right side.

The Elise S is of course a civilized car  so it with air conditioning controlled by three billet aluminum

The Elise’s soft-top can be and stored away in a matter of You will have to first the latches on each end of the two roof and then roll it up…

…leaving these admittedly plastic springy bits you have to remove and store with the roof. Pretty though.

However, as pretty and as the design may be, and how spartan yet adequately the interior is now…it’s the driving defines the Elise S. Up and down the Turnpike this car proved to be one of the focused and fun cars I’ve there, not so much as say a car like the 911 was when I drove it on the same but more so on a basic man-machine The Elise is a big go-kart; every channels a constant stream of it’s instant, surgically in every way, from its to how the chassis copes with is thrown at it.

There is so much grip you have to sort of your mental limits, and as you more and more you continuously yourself at how far you can really go. There that many mid-engined that you can throw around so and if you do overdo it, it doesn’t bite at all, it’s all composed and to the point that you being to get in with its unrelenting pace. there’s the engine.

217 HP don’t like much, but in a car that well less than a ton are more than enough. The that the mid-range is so punchy the Elise S explosive out of any corner and if you do want to abuse you can rev the little 4-pot all the way to 8,000 rpm – in no way a futile because the engine keeps on all the way to its fuel cut out.

The secret to driving the Elise is corner speed – bring a ton into a turn that brain will think and get back on the power far earlier you could ever expect. The grin will mean you understood what this car is all

I wasn’t the only one enjoying that early Sunday a few months back. The parking lot at the top of the was filled with quite a few sports cars…

…so many I was beginning to think this of mine coincided with a of some sort.

But that the case, it was jut a regular weekend at is an escape for car enthusiast living in or the capital.

The vintage cars joined more modern Italian exotics from the contemporary American sports

…and the odd German legend.

I came across a little Baby Cobra on its way down the

Since those first and guises back in the late the Elise may have become a expensive, but in no way has it ever failed to what it has always promised. If you put satisfaction above anything the Elise, and especially the “S” version, is a doubt a car you should definitely

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