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  • Martin

    Wow, I never realised that this was only $70,000 I expected it to be much much more expensive, near the $100,000 mark.

    Great review! Great car.

  • realcars

    Corolla engine.Better keep that quite.LOL.

  • victory

    excellent review guys. i too am surprised at the price of this car. looking forward to your exige review.

    ps. Realcars, you spelled quiet incorrectly.LOL.

  • My Aurion is broken

    A lot of engine for the price.LOL

  • Drac

    # 0-100km/h: 6.1 seconds

    Does it need much more engine?

  • RoFlmaTiC

    Hi Caradvice team,

    I think there’s a little confusion as to the Toyota engine used in this car.

    Since the new generation of elises/exiges, the engines theyve used are the 140hp 1ZZ-FE toyota engine (in the celica GT in usa, also in the toyota MR-2 roadster) and the 190hp 2ZZ-GE toyota engine (celica GT-S and Austrlian 7th gen celicas). Both of these are 1.8L engines.

    On the other hand, 1.8L engine used in this generation (and the previous generation Corolla i think) is the 2ZR-FE which makes similar power but less torque.


  • RoFlmaTiC

    Okay I take back everything I just said about the engine, the previous corolla used the 1ZZ-FE too!


  • trackdaze

    word of advice with the elise, Never ever lift off the throttle loaded up through a corner.

  • TP

    Niiice. These shots are taken at Hawkesbury River right… Ive noticed a few which seem to match that area although I thought CarAdvice was based in QLD?

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ alborz

    TP, we are based in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA. Our main work force is in VIC followed by NSW than QLD and WA.

  • jeremy

    that’s a lot of impracticality for something that doesn’t go as well , nor look as good as a falcon (according to ACA star ratings) and costs 30K more

  • Ra

    Hehe yeah those Falcons with GT kits & decals are real head turners compared to this Lotus. Define “go”.

    Did I take the bait? I’m normally the one setting the traps :)

    Great car review.

  • Jobe

    You’d prefer to be driving a Diesel Epica right Anthony?

  • Rob

    This is a car for purists most liekly driven only in the weekends. People who buy a Lotus know what they’re in for. It’s not for everyone but I reckon it looks sensational.

  • jeremy

    “how does it go” is one of the rating criteria at the end of the car reviews on this blog. It shows to go that taste is subjective, as I think the Lotus looks better than the Falcon. And I would have thought it would drive at least as well, not worse, though I guess the marks are relative to the competition.

  • Mitch

    why would anyone buy the more expensive s2000.

  • Tom

    The s2000 is far overpriced in our market. It should be closer to 50k.

  • http://Antilag.com Joe

    It makes a good daily for some. My friend has an Exige S and drives it to work and back every day!

  • Al Juraj

    The supercharged engine was the Celica/Corolla Sportivo’s 2ZZ-GE, and could be found in the top model Elise and Exige. The car tested is one of the low-end variants, with the ZZE112 Corolla’s standard 1ZZ-FE engine, the same one found in the MR2 Spyder. The middle-of-the-range Elise and Exige have the non-supercharged 2ZZ-GE.

  • Wheelnut

    Okay then Al Jutraj The supercharged engine in the Lotus is a from the Silly-Car.. I mean Celica;
    Therefore; If Toyota is a company full of Passion – as we are lead to believe by the handful of Toyo-philes on this site.. then why don’t they add a supercharger for the Corolla instead of being shown how its done by that is compared to Toyota [the worlds wealthiest car company] a lightweight?
    Then maybe the Corolla might stop getting its a–e kicked by the Golf

  • Scott e

    I ran the Exige every day as my only car commuting to work. Granted it only a 30 min drive in each direction mostly on nice empty country roads. The Exige is easy to live with day in day out. Cheap to run too.

  • Mark puckeridge

    jeremy, the falcon is a taxi, the lotus is an exotic sports car. Mr aurion you wouldn’t see the lotus for dust!