Was about to post the Exige video but you beat me to it. Harris also praised the first SC Elise on Autocar in 07, ran an S1 Exige back in the day, and raced an Elise. So, no, not hostile to Lotus. He's also a superb journalist, and can really drive/race.
05 Elise, ST, sports, touring, hardtop, DBA 4000 slotted discs, Ferodo DS2500 pads, Sector 111 gpan3, EP Tuning Quickrack, Pro Alloy rad, DS brace, HnT pad, front and rear tow hooks, CG lock, ORE double cup holder (caffeine for track); '86 911 Targa (sold); '68 MGB (being restored)