First Test Drive Questions from Newbie
This is my first post, so please be gentle...I guess I have wanted a Lotus ever since watching The Avengers, and I have been following them for years in the US, but never thought about owning one. The Elise might make this possible for me. I have also been avidly following this forum for quite some time, and have read everything I could about the Elise and Lotus in general. I got up the guts to test drive one today. I have not driven a stick in 28 years, but after a few minutes in a parking lot the salesman told me I was good to go. I never went over 4,000 RPM, and never over 50 because after all, it's been 28 years and it's not my car. I am very lucky to currently drive a Cayenne Turbo, and have had an E55, and BMW 540's in recent years.
The '06 car I drove had the stage 2 exhaust, so a little loud, but I did not find the ride at all harsh, about the same as the Cayenne in "sport" mode - let me tell you, 5400 lbs in sport is a pretty firm ride. I believe it had just under 1,000 miles.
The only thing that concerned me was the steering. I felt it was very slightly looser than I would have guessed, just a tiny bit like the go-karts at Disney world, i.e., turn the wheel a little before anything happens. I know it isn't going to steer like a big heavy machine on pumped-up power steering, but I would have imagined it being much tighter. Any comments on this point?
Ingress and egress not too bad, plenty of room in pedal box for size 10 reeboks, shifter motion seemed good, visibility good, didn't use radio or air, had insulated soft top in place (threat of rain).
And yes, I did stall it once, on an incline, but not too shabby for 28 years. Thanks.