Lotus Elise – Feature – Car and Driver

17 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Lotus Elise – Feature – Car and Driver
Lotus Elise

Gas Pains: The cars in a bad time.

In a world of Nissan GT-Rs and 600-horsepower Vipers, there’s no shortage of able to hit a mile-a-minute from in less than five But when it comes to cars are capable of breaking the five-second and returning decent fuel well, that’s a much set.

There are three we considered: the ground-pounding 430-hp Corvette, the BMW 335i coupe, and the Lotus Elise. The PDK dual-clutch-equipped 911 fits our criteriabut as we’ve earlier in this section, owners are most likely not their nails over the of a fill-up.

The 300-hp $42,025 Bimmer to 60 mph in 4.9 secondsjust under our cutoff. The will trip 60 mph in four flat, and the Lotus lands in hitting the mark in 4.8 seconds. the BMW and the Corvette are EPA-rated at 26 mpg on the highway. The gets 17 mpg in urban settings, 1 mpg better than the $47,895

The Lotus, starting at $47,195, both with an EPA rating of 21 mpg in the and 27 on the highway.

Lotus Elise

The Elise seems like an conjuring trick. Although it has than two-thirds of the BMW’s it nonetheless accelerates faster. And it better highway mileage the Corvette, even though at 70 mph the car’s Toyota-sourced inline-four is at 3600 rpm, about the Vette’s engine speed.

The carries no fuel-economy-zapping extra The Lotus makes only 190 and each of those ponies is for moving just 10.4 That is better than the 11.3 pounds per horsepower, not up to the Vette’s 7.6.

Keeping the weight below a ton a sacrifice in practicalityif an Elise is daily driver, we applaud The Elise is lacking a backrest a glove box, carpet, an for grandma, armrests (the don’t count), and a trunk for anything more than a of small duffel bags. On the hand, once you pour into the tiny cockpit, the quite possibly delivers the sports-car experience on the market

The Elise takes the prize with its fuel economy and acceleration that splits the in this company. Of course, for than twice the cost of an you could getor at least get in for the Elise-based Tesla Roadster. Its motors consume no gasoline, but we confirm that it can break the sub-5.0-second 0-to-60-mph time.

The only Tesla we’ve was equipped with a two-speed and sprinted to 60 mph in five seconds Since then, all Teslas been retrofitted with a transmission and are most likely Besides, if you’ve got $109,950 to buy you’re making a statement than trying to save money at the pump.

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