Own an MR2 Spyder and spent 4 days thrashing a rental Elise around the southwest of England. It was a series 1 though.relise said:I have driven and I am familar with the MR2 Spyder. Wonder if anyone who has driven both cars could compare and contrast.
The Elise had the most immeadiate handling of any car I've driven. Think about making a turn and you're doing it. Always fully aware 'in the seat of the pants' of what the rear tires were up to (rental tires ), which is confidence inspiring. Savage brakes. Is the US Elise getting unassisted brakes? Thought I was going to give myself a nosebleed. Crappy build quality compared with the Spyder, lots of rattles. Noisily crashed through potholes. Roof awful, wind keeps rain out if you stay above 80. Elise gutless at high speed (the US one should be better), and an absolute hoot in second on empty damp roundabouts.
Probably swap the Spyder for an Elise in due course