I see the S2 styling cues from the M250, but what were suppose to be the differences? Did the M250 just evolved into the S2 Elise? Was the M250 suppose to fill the slot between the Elise and the Esprit?
I may be wrong, but the Fed Elise is already a Boxster competitor. It may be on the spartan side, but if Lotus offerred enough options and a 6 cyclinder engine, the Fed Elise would fill that position, epeically at $38 to $40,000.
I wonder if the M250 will be resurrected as the next generation Esprit?
I agree with Thomasio with the NSX look in the rear.
When this car was being developed the Elise was more focused and further "down market" than it is today. The Elise S1 was out and there was no A/C, carpets, power windows etc. The M250 would have competed with the Boxster in that it (I am assuming) include all the creature comforts that a Boxster has like A/C, power windows etc. The Elise was introduced at about $30,000 US and the Esprit is at $90K so a car in between would seem logical.
It's been more than 12 years since I put down my $2000 deposit for one of the original 2005 model year cars. Back then, Lotustalk was teaming with familiar faces -- but I never see them here anymore. Likewise, when I meet an Elise owner in real life, it turns out he's always the second or third...
I'm having a strange issue with my 2005 Elise. When driving over expansion joints in road or pothole the engine seem to shut off for like a have second, does not stall. I've done some checking and can't located problem. Does this sound like a MFRU???
From the completely awful grinding noise when my radiator fans kicked in this past Saturday, it sounds like they've died. I plan to take the front clam off to see the extent of the damage. While I am in there, I plan to replace the stock radiator with an all aluminium one. Finding the...