If you’re looking for a roadster that is great fun to drive and affordable to run, the Lotus Elise could be just the ticket. This two-seat vehicle is even more enjoyable to travel in with a best friend or loved one by your side, and with its roof removed, it transforms into a rakish convertible.
Whether viewed from the front, rear or sides – or even from above, the Elise impresses. While there’s no doubting this sports car’s modernity, it clearly features the distinctive Lotus DNA that dates right back to the early 1950s. The vehicle possesses a perfect blend of captivating curves and fascinating angles, while it’s purposeful stance owes more than a little to the relative size of its wheels. The Elise is fitted with 17-inch alloys at the back and 16-inch alloys at the front, each wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN Neova tyres.
A black-carpeted two-person cabin features a pair of very comfortable sports seats, one of which offers a superb driving position. The Elise’s perforated leather steering wheel, leather-wrapped handbrake and polished-aluminium gear knob are fitting accoutrements for a vehicle of this pedigree. When you’re ready, simply press the dashboard-positioned ‘start’ button to get the car underway.
A significant contributing factor to this sports car’s prowess is its lightweight construction – and its aerodynamic body. This Elise justifiably has a fine reputation for the way it handles, particularly since it provides the driver with complete control over the steering. The car delivers plenty of grip too, and while it’s more than capable of opening up on the motorway or race circuit, it’s perfectly at home on busy city streets.
A standard-issue 1.6-litre 136bhp petrol engine is also this vehicle’s most fuel-efficient option, returning up to 44.8mpg, while producing 149g/km of CO2 emissions. It delivers 160Nm of torque too – and 0-60mph in less than six seconds. Models fitted with a 1.8-litre 246bhp petrol engine provide optimal performance levels: a peak torque of 250Nm, 0-60mph in roughly 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 154mph.
The Elise’s four-speaker sound system features a CD player and AM/FM radio, providing plenty of audio-listening options. A powerful car requires equally forceful brakes. This is why the vehicle is fitted with cross-drilled brake discs, which deliver a consistently strong performance by allowing heat and moisture to disperse from the rotor quickly.
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