That's great but a thief could just use a Vespa to tow the Elise away. If they couldn't anything with a motor to tow it off, they could just get 5 other guys and carry it away.Hollywood said:Power locks-- good with car alarms.
Of course you can strip it if need be but in my mind that's counter to the point of buying the Elise. An Elise is supposed to be something that doesn't call out to be stripped. I remember someone on a message boardwriting something like "It's so spartan an interior that you can leave the top off in a downpour and there's absolutely no harm done." I doubt that is completely true but I'd like a car that has earned that type of reputation. As the mags say, a street legal kart.MattG said:Whatever 'fluff' Lotus adds can be easily removed by the serious track folks to cut weight if needed. I don't mind getting all those extras included, and my guess is that none of that will make someone decide to NOT buy the Elise.
definite daily drive, (but current S2 is perfectly acceptable for that unless you have kids or dogs to lug around).
Interior is more solid feeling although doesn't look quite as special now. Leather seats are more comfy and better quality - don't look like they will wear as much as current S2, gear knob is now in the same material as the central divider and has leather shroud, parcel shelf now has a net like the S1, cabin light is moved to middle of parcel shelf, rev counter and speedo minor design revision, annoying "REFILL" fuel warning has been replaced by a fuel bar and conventional red warning indicator, Clarion head unit replaced by Blaupunkt (think it was MP3 compatible woodstock) speakers are Clarions but sounded fine, mat underneath driver footwell has changed to a hard wearing easy to clean rubber first half with carpet beginning further back, electric windows worked fine but you can't open passenger side window from drivers seat.
Big tool pouch in boot has been removed, hard cover for battery, windscreen washer bottle relocated to engine bay (thank god) engine cover is snazzy red.
All of this on the 111S and all comes as standard with no price change.
To drive it felt much better from my point of view, with the extra sound deadening getting rid of most of the unwanted noise while still letting you hear the exhaust note when you give it the full moo. I found the fact that it felt more solid gave me more confidence to push it a little bit harder than I perhaps might in my car, but then I am by no means a demon corner taker at the best of times!
Range was looking good to as the red light only came on at 245miles (this was during the quick spin by the way, B&C don't let you have a 245 mile test drive!)
I know a lot of people were initially put off by the badge on the back, but it doesn't look that bad in the flesh. If you are able to have a go in one of the new ones I suggest you do -I think people will be surprised. Of course it might not be hard core enough for some but with the 135R and 190 I guess there's something for everyone now.
Now if they could just make the hard top as quick to fix and remove as the soft top they would be there!