Lotus Elise | Auto Express

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Lotus Elise


The latest Elise is It combines huge pace superb handling for a thrill-a-minute However, it’s as impractical as and entry-level models start at – without essential air-con.

puts the SC in direct competition the highly polished Porsche Think of the Lotus as a cheaper and user-friendly alternative to the firm’s Exige S, and it makes much sense.

The entry-level Elise is no but that hasn’t stopped engineers from giving it a dollop of extra performance, an all-new SC-badged edition.

Thanks to the addition of a supercharger, is the fastest and most powerful yet. However, the little has always been about fun than outright pace – so the extra kick represent an over lesser variants?

£32,550, the SC is £4,000 more than the 189bhp R, although the differences are only minor. alloy wheels, a bespoke spoiler and large centre-mounted exhaust tailpipe help to the latest model.

There are even fewer frills inside, because the dashboard design, starter and revamped instrument dials to our SC are now stan­dard across the Elise Features include progressive lights, which help the time gearshifts to perfection.

changes to the appearance are limited, to the perfor­mance are undeniably impressive. The from 0-60mph has been from 4.9 seconds in the R to only 4.4 in the SC, and Lotus claims the newcomer 0-100mph in 10.7 seconds. The Toyota-sourced engine pulls above 4,000rpm, and the only is the uninspiring exhaust note.

On the road, the handling is as entertaining as come to expect from the with lots of grip and of agility. The steering is excellent as while a set of slightly wider tyres help to deploy the power on tap. The supercharger the engine’s respon­ses low down in the rev making the SC more relaxing to

For 2008, Lotus has simplified the list for the Elise, as a result of there are now only two packs on – the £2,000 Super Touring and the Super Sport.

Lotus Elise

The former, which was fitted to the car we brings luxuries such as upholstery, full carpeting and noise insulation. The Super kit focuses more on boosting so it includes sports sus­pension and control.

However, air-conditioning is an expensive £1,000 extra, and will charge you the same if you want the optional hard-top as

Increased power and torque transformed the Elise into a and much more civilised But the SC doesn’t come cheap – when you consider the talents of its powerful stablemates.

Rival: Porsche Boxster

Few can match the SC’s price and but when it comes to driving the first-rate Porsche Boxster is to fault. As well as being fun and exquisitely built, the soft-top Stuttgart is very refined.

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