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  • http://CarAdvice The Salesman

    I would love to own a Lotus. But at 6.4 and 120Kg, i just cant fit.

  • Silvabak

    Imagine how good it could be with a real engine.

    • Mindor

      If it got a bigger engine, it will be the Hennessey Venom GT. And the price won’t be the same. Just Google about Venom GT for yourself, you’ll be surprise.

      Elise is not built for speed, it’s built for handling. For your information, the Elise is one of the best handling car in the world.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      By that comment I guess you don’t really know much about the works of Colin Chapman and understand what he strove for in a performance car.
      If you equate a “real engine” as somthing like a V8 (let’s face it, many aussies think it is a V8 or nothing), then I would like to see any of our local V8s try and keep up with one of these in the real world on a twisty country road, even with it’s “fictitious” and “girly” engine. I also wouldn’t be surprise if you wore a larger grin after a “fang” in one of these on that twisty country road than you would in a local V8 with a “real” engine. Afterall, anyone can make a car go quick in a straight line…

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

        Well said, Devil’s.

        • Silvabak

          the Venom is overkill. @Devil’s Advocate, nowhere did i mention or imply V8′s. I was thinking of better mass market engines which would be rather better than the white bread Toyota 4 in it now. i realise Lotus uses Toyota as its engine supplier. Hypothetically, i think you could do better and still keep similar price and philosophy. Chapman used to say ‘add lightness’.

          • Devil’s Advocate

            That is why I said “if you equate” as the majority of people who say something needs a “real engine” are of the V8 or die variety!!
            Maybe a clearer way to say it and to avoid any confusion was “They should put in a different 4 cyl engine to a white bread Toyota 4″ as just saying they should put in a real engine in it could mean anything.
            I do agree though, there are much better 4 cyl engines out there, however I guess Lotus and Toyota have a fairly solid corporate agreement as the 6cyl Evora has a Toyota engine as well and they have been using Toyota engines for some time now.
            One thing that must be remembered though, Lotus does do a fair bit of head/cam work to these engines as well as custom fuel/ignition curves/timing. By the time they have finished with the engine they have a very different feel/performance to the original.

      • Max_Castle

        It’s so refreshing to hear someone with brains “speak” (type) these days.

  • Who Knew

    Interesting review, but I would like to see more specs, particularly what the equipment levels are and more details on the performance and engine. Great bit of parking there Anthony. Across double lines on a curve. Not a good example, mate. Illegal and it looks rather dangerous.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

    Equipment is minimal, but you get electric windows, MP3 player and this car had an integrated iPod connection.

    The shots were taken in one of Sydney\’s most secluded spots and late in the afternoon, when the shots were taken, we didn’t see another car the whole time we were there. We also had spotters at each end of the strip, watching out for push bike riders.

    • Mitch

      Im guessing Akuna bay/West head?

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

        Could be.

  • paulo

    I was taken for a ride in an Elise about 5yrs ago, and OMG!!
    No, it hasn’t got a V-something, but the get-up-n’-go, the handling, the wind in your hair and heads turning, well, it was just great…

  • Al Juraj

    I think the engine is the 3ZZ-FE Toyota 1.6, not even Dual VVTi unlike your neighbour’s new Corolla.

    With the most updated motor, I’d really love to own one of these. It has near supercar performance with economy car consumption, lightweight but not Caterham ugly. Although minimal equipment contradicts the rather high asking price, it’s a track car out of the box and will outhandle any big V8.

  • delux

    I really enjoyed the multiple shots of the lovely engine cover and the beautiful seats. The various similar “arty” shots of the wheels at different angles are also really appreciated. Seriously CA, enough with so many photos throughout the article. Its primary school stuff to pump out a piece of writing to make it look longer. I want to read it and then look at it. Not to mention it makes it tough to pull a sneaky CA read at work when there’s so many photos of bright cars on my screen. The thumbnails at the end of the text are sufficient. Please consider my suggestion even though I will get multiple thumbs down.

    • Joobs

      Nah mate, the photos are awesome! They really help convey how fast the car is, and how nice the interior is.

      The more photos the better! So what if I have to scroll more? Don’t matter if there’s cool pictures.

  • Getting One Soon

    Excellent review and the only one I have found on the net where you have actually driven the Club Racer. All the others have just been copy and pasted from the Lotus press release. I really wanted to know about those seats too so well done.

Lotus Elise Specs

1.6L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 6 SP MANUAL - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D ROADSTER
Car Details
Make
LOTUS
Model
ELISE
Series
MY11
Year
2011
Body Type
2D ROADSTER
Seats
2
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.6L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
160Nm @  4400rpm
Max. Power
100kW @  6800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
114.2W/kg
Bore & Stroke
80.5x78.5mm
Compression Ratio
10.7
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
4.294
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
43
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
876
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1117mm
Length
3785mm
Width
1719mm
Ground Clearance
140mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
0
Front Rim Size
5.5x16
Rear Rim Size
7.5x17
Front Tyres
175/55 R16
Rear Tyres
225/45 R17
Wheel Base
2300
Front Track
1457
Rear Track
1506
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension
Driver
Leather Steering Wheel
Entertainment
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  60,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
12-U-30
Country of Origin
UNITED KINGDOM