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This is a quote from Evo, a UK car mag ;

"Electric windows, remote central locking, CD multichanger, sun visors - what on earth's going on with the Elise ? Doubtless in preparation for its assault on the American market, Lotus has introduced an upgraded spec for top level Elises, thats what.

As well as the aforementioned goodies, "S" versions of the little Lotus get leather upolstery, carpets, interior storage nets, four speakers, driving lamps, cross drilled discs and a new insulated soft top that wards off heat and well as cold. Meanwhile the water bottle is relocated in the boot. The "S" will cost £ 25,995"
 

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This all sounds fine, except cross drilled rotors? Did they add so much weight to the car that the brakes now get too hot and need better cooling? Why not just increase rotor size slightly? I'm not a big fan of hacked up rotors due to the effect it usually has on rotor & pad longevity.

Also, why is relocating the water bottle as big of a deal as it seems to be?
 

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Here's some more info I stumbled across, take it for what its worth.

http://www.jeffchan.com/cars/sporty.html



Update: Lotus has announced it will be bringing the third generation Elise S3 to America as a 2004 model. The S3 will be a world car, with the same engine and configuration sold in Japan, USA, Europe and the rest of world. One engine virtually confirmed is the Toyota 2ZZ-GE 1.8 liter variable valve lift, timing and duration found in the Celica GT-S, Corolla T-Sport (not available in U.S.) and Matrix XRS. This engine gets 180 horsepower in the U.S. and 190 elsewhere. A major difference is that this powerful, reliable and advanced all-aluminum Toyota engine in the Elise S3 will propel 1000 lbs less weight than in a Celica or Corolla, and it will be located behind the driver. A Toyota 3.0 liter V-6 with 220 horsepower is also rumored for an upmarket Elise version.

 
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