I’ve owned a 2006 Subaru sti for about 4 years now I’ve tracked it and raced it, both when it was stock and after quite a bit of mods. Im in the middle of rebuilding the Subaru again cosmetically and mechanically. And in a few days I’ll be picking up a car I’ve always wanted since I first seen it in midnight club 3 on my Xbox as a kid. My question is to anyone that has had the pleasure of driving both vehicles how do they compare and what sets one above the other
With both cars stock your STI is faster and quicker than an Elise in a straight line. You can get pretty quick 0-60 times with an Elise, but you have to abuse it by side stepping the clutch.
With AWD the STI is a bit easier to drive. Light and mid engined, the Lotus can be prone to throttle lift oversteer. More than a few have met guardrails on ramps when drivers go in hot, get scared or get into a decreasing radius turn, take their foot off the gas, and the rear end tries to swap places with the front end.
To compensate, from the factory Lotus dialed in a fair amount of understeer that can be dialed back out by removing shims in the suspension.
The Lotus is more engaging, you feel more connected to the road. It's truly just a big go kart. There really is nothing like it and it spoils you for any other sports car, even if it's not the fastest.
And if you're into the attention, the Lotus draws it like an exotic car. No offense, but the STI is all but invisible on the road.
Modifying either car changes things.