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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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exige and elise

anyone know the difference between the two?
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Exige / Elise

Hello,

It is simple to tell them apart visually: the Exige is the hardtop, and the Elise is the open top.

There are more internal differences, and I believe that the Exige isn't in production any more. (Could be wrong here...)

If you go the the Lotus UK site: http://www.lotuscars.co.uk
Then click on "CARS" (top left of the screen), then click on "The Cars" on the LEFT side of the screen, then click "Models" (also on the LEFT) side of the screen, you can compare the Exige to the other models.

They are very lovely cars... but I think I would miss the open air experience of the Elise.

Have fun!

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Id trade my elise for the green exige at LCUSA in a new york minute!




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The Exige is one of the few cars I like MORE than the Elise.

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Quite a few differences, most of which were aimed at making the exige good on the track..

both the clams are different (the front clam is a lot wider: it has ducting behind the wheelarch for brake cooling, the rear clam has a roof on, as well as ducts and scoops for various reasons)
the engines on offer were different (more power/less reliability);
there's currently no S2 exige (though one is rumoured),
the exige has a big rear wing,
different brakes
bigger wheels (only black alloys)
wider tyres
Aero package
built-in race-style harnesses and harnessbar
built-on fire extinguisher

As far as I know you can't get exiges any more. There *might* be an S2 or S3 exige but that's just speculation.

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I found a couple of exige pics I took yesterday on the L2B run.

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I'd like to get a functional top and wing if they offer it for the elise. Are there any aftermarket ones for sale now that work and look good?
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I drove one of the last Exige they had at LCU, wonderful car, best brakes of any car I've driven. Would be all over a street legal one!!!
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If I were you I'd just wait a little while and buy an S3 exige. It's pretty likely they'll build one.

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Craigy,
Unfortunately I think their's almost no chance of getting a street legal Exige here in the states,

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The front clam shouldn't be much of a challenge after they have done the S2 road car. I agree the rear clam will be difficult.

All I've heard is a rumour that an S2 exige is under development, not where it will be sold... but the US is going to be an important market for Lotus and I'd be surprised if they don't go ahead and sell it there.

Time will tell I guess.

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