2007 Elise In Works!
Re: Car And Driver - Oct.04 - Page 35
SPIED! 2007 ELISE.......With the first few Elises beginning to land in customer hands, the British carmarker was caught testing a new 3rd generation Elise that should fully comply with U.S. safety standards. The current Elise is a 2nd generation car, the 1st generation never made it to the U.S. - has a 3 year dispensation (due to low production volume) that allows it to be sold in the U.S. without bumpers or properly sealed headlights. Expect to see the new Elise before the exemption runs out in 2007. The new car will be built on an all new aluminum monocoque that will be larger in every dimension than the current car. The increases in width and length should provide more passenger space, and the wider track should sweeten the already astounding handling. The longer nose extends the front overhang enough to house integrated 2.5 mph bumpers as well as new headlights. With these changes, Lotus will satisfy the minimum requirements of U.S. regulations. Hopefully, Lotus will hold the line on weight and price for this larger Elise. The current Elise weighs in at 1,930 lbs and starts at $40,780 (Price does not reflect recent $950 increase.)