Originally Posted by Bavarian Motorist
Why does it need more? If you shift enough, the car is pretty much as quick as anything.
And I dunno about you, but I like shifting
Gearing and weight can make as much an impact as HP.
Me three. You are one of the youngest owners on here and you get IT!!!
Why the hell does a 2000 lb car need 300 hp???? It needs bigger numbers; for $70K it needs to be around 300 hp. Why, why, why???? If it were any other car on the planet that weighs closer to 3000 lbs plus, then I would agree. But for our cars, even 190 hp is a lot and is capable of launching the car to 60 in under 5.0 seconds. The only people who they need to produce the bigger hp numbers for, are those who do not understand power to weight ratios.
Lotus should be able to get some kind of exemption to allow them to advertise the Elise and Exige hp numbers at values that would more accurately describe their performance abilities based on the norm.
So here you go: We are going to use a standard Porsche 997 as the sports car norm for weight. The 997 weighs around 3200 lbs, and this is not a bad median sports car weight. We all know the rest of the pigs range from about 2800 lbs (S2000) to around 3600 lbs for a new M3 or 997 turbo. And yes I know they get heavier than 3600 lbs and lighter than 2800 lbs, but for today's "sports" cars, 3200 lbs is not a bad average to use.
Now we will take the power to weight ratio of an Elise: about 10.4 lbs per hp, and the power to weight of the new '08 240 Exige S: about 8.6 lbs per hp.
Now we divide these two values into the Porsche weight of 3200 lbs and we come out with the true hp of the '08 NA Lotus Elise and 240 Exige S:
308 hp for the Elise and 372 hp for the Exige.
Now take into account that if you are a little patient and wise, that you can buy these cars at heavy discounts even when they are brand new (now we even have an additional owner loyalty discount). And you can really get some screaming deals on some nice, well cared for, used ones too.
Add to that the best handling in the world, and you have yourself quite the bargain HIGH horsepower car.
In the mean time, I am going to enjoy my '07 340 hp Exige S.