The Lotus Cars Community banner

1 - 20 of 38 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Although I'm aiming to pick up an '11 Elise SC in the spring, this isn't it. However, I did get a chance to see one of the first (the first?) Else SCs in the US.

I uploaded a bunch of pics, in a medium resolution, to the gallery. Click to go to the gallery:


I apologize for the light balance - It was bright outside, but the car was in a covered driveway, and I had no tripod to try to capture HDR images with.

If anyone is interested in specific shots in their original 18MP size, PM me and I can send it.

And before people ask, yes that's 2 Evoras in the background. I didn't get many pics of them, sorry.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,497 Posts
Although I'm aiming to pick up an '11 Elise SC in the spring, this isn't it. However, I did get a chance to see one of the first (the first?) Else SCs in the US.

I uploaded a bunch of pics, in a medium resolution, to the gallery. Click to go to the gallery:


I apologize for the light balance - It was bright outside, but the car was in a covered driveway, and I had no tripod to try to capture HDR images with.

If anyone is interested in specific shots in their original 18MP size, PM me and I can send it.

And before people ask, yes that's 2 Evoras in the background. I didn't get many pics of them, sorry.
They're stunning, but not the first in the US. I saw a phantom black SC Elise being prepped for customer delivery three weeks ago at Criswell. It was early, if the salesman had been there I would have been tempted for him to crunch some trade in numbers for my Exige.

Of course, for Criswell, it's a moot point now.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
They're stunning, but not the first in the US. I saw a phantom black SC Elise being prepped for customer delivery three weeks ago at Criswell. It was early, if the salesman had been there I would have been tempted for him to crunch some trade in numbers for my Exige.

Of course, for Criswell, it's a moot point now.
Really? You would trade in your exige for a elise?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,497 Posts
Really? You would trade in your exige for a elise?
For a 2011 SC? You bet. They are stunning. Tidied up all the loose ends on the 05 to 10 elise's, every bit now a styling equal to the Exige. More so.

And the supercharged cars w/sport suspension are the same as an Exige S220 performance wise. Same chassis, same suspension, same brakes, same power, same transmission. They DO have the narrower front wheels/tires, but that is easily remedied. I wouldn't be trading in my two extra sets of wheels.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
879 Posts
These pics reveal waaaaaaaaaay more than the press photos - and make the car far more appealing except on one count: The lack of continuity in the panel above the radiator exits. It makes no sense at all.

The nose, tail, rear deck, etc... are arguably an improvement in my opinion. Let's just say that if my '05 gets totaled tomorrow, I won't weep for it so much as I thought I would.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
For a 2011 SC? You bet. They are stunning. Tidied up all the loose ends on the 05 to 10 elise's, every bit now a styling equal to the Exige. More so.

And the supercharged cars w/sport suspension are the same as an Exige S220 performance wise. Same chassis, same suspension, same brakes, same power, same transmission. They DO have the narrower front wheels/tires, but that is easily remedied. I wouldn't be trading in my two extra sets of wheels.
What color do you want?

I haven't seen one in Ardent Red yet, but I'm guessing I'm going to like that the most.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,115 Posts
It looks like the radiator panel is all one piece now. I wonder how it comes off? Also, is that all shaped mesh on the rear deck, replacing the slats?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,497 Posts
It looks like the radiator panel is all one piece now. I wonder how it comes off? Also, is that all shaped mesh on the rear deck, replacing the slats?
It is one piece and it snaps off. And in person it looks better...in these pix the reflection and lighting works with the color of the car to make it look more disjointed than it is.

Yes, all slats are gone, mesh everywhere, and it is a much tidier 'weave' than that used on the Exige. Better finish overally.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,150 Posts
Overall I like how the Elise has been updated. I like the mesh and the Evora'd front end. There are two things I feel could've been resolved better: the front access panel design and the rear taillight surround. The front access panel has little continuity with the rest of the nose, and the rear taillight surround doesn't seem to have the same sexy curves as the old tail, plus I don't like the seam around the perimeter. I do like the new engine cover, it's much more refined.

It looks like the interior is basically the same, any interior pictures of U.S.A. cars yet? Also, is the engine still the 2ZZ? It would've been awesome to have the 1.6L come stateside as an entry-level Elise.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,497 Posts
Overall I like how the Elise has been updated. I like the mesh and the Evora'd front end. There are two things I feel could've been resolved better: the front access panel design and the rear taillight surround. The front access panel has little continuity with the rest of the nose, and the rear taillight surround doesn't seem to have the same sexy curves as the old tail, plus I don't like the seam around the perimeter. I do like the new engine cover, it's much more refined.

It looks like the interior is basically the same, any interior pictures of U.S.A. cars yet? Also, is the engine still the 2ZZ? It would've been awesome to have the 1.6L come stateside as an entry-level Elise.
The engine is the 2ZZ, the one I saw was SC'd.

But something interesting. There is a portion of the wall between the engine and the trunk that slants in. Can't tell if it frees up more space in the boot or uses up more, it's an optical illusion. But I watched as the Lotus Tech who was showing me the car reached up to demonstrate that the space underneat this area in the engine compartment is empty....mmmm.....designed-in space for a future V6 maybe?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,008 Posts
Nice evolutions.
My question is, how much of this might be incorporated into an older car if repairs might be needed, like say a new front clam?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,497 Posts
Nice evolutions.
My question is, how much of this might be incorporated into an older car if repairs might be needed, like say a new front clam?
I asked the Tech that. He thought the front clam would bolt on, but he couldn't say for sure. It is entirely likely the mounting points are somewhat different.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,320 Posts
I've always thought the 2011 Elise was overall an improvement in design from the prior Elise/Exige, these shots confirm my thoughts. It's by no means perfect but definitely a better look, especially with the deletion of the booger lights and changing the plastic fins to mesh.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,610 Posts
The new design looks more solid and cohenisve. I think it's because the lines on the front of the car flow more smoother than before.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,873 Posts
Is it just me, or does the front of the car look like a fish?
I knew it always reminded me of a certain type of fish, and I realized it today: tropical tang
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,610 Posts
The Elise always looked like a fish or an insect.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
168 Posts
I still need to see it real to make a final judgement.

On pictures, the front end looks nice, especially the fins. But the front access panel design still bugs me.
I am still not sold on the back. It looks too boring to me, whereas the new engine lid is pure sex.
I find that the new Elise design depends a lot on the colours. The stronger the colour, the best. IMHO, in Black, grey, silver and white, it looks boring to me, where the S2 looks great in any colour or finish.
In the end, I am kind of 50/50, depending on which part of the car I focus.
I still prefer the S2 because it all flows together, but I do understand why Lotus went this way and do not consider it as a mistake.
The S2 did its time and they needed something new and in line with Evora, and probably the future Esprit.
It’s not the first time that I see a redesign going from aggressive to cleaner (I think of the BMW Z4). You also have to go after the buyer the first aggressive version kind of scared.

I´d prefer somethig like these:


Uploaded with ImageShack.us


Uploaded with ImageShack.us


Uploaded with ImageShack.us


Uploaded with ImageShack.us
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,497 Posts
Is it just me, or does the front of the car look like a fish?
I knew it always reminded me of a certain type of fish, and I realized it today: tropical tang
I think the front of the Evora looks like a Liver Fluke.
 
1 - 20 of 38 Posts
Top