EVO magazine also from the UK has a similar comparison test between the two cars in this months issue(Greatest Driver's Car Over Past 10 years is on cover-Elise S1 135 made the top 10). Their article tends to favor the Elise more than the Car magazine article and it has some great shots of an Ardent Red Elise.
I know the (Type 121) Europa never made it to the USA, but I thought some of you might be interested in an article I wrote for a number of magazines, here published by Lotus Club Queensland.
The Forgotten Lotus ?
In the boardroom scene when Lee Iacocca is doing the slide show is the red car he shows a S1 Elite? It had a yellow badge on the hood which made me think it was. It was only a brief look so I'm not sure.