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I'm considering an Elise for my next car and I was wondering what would fit in it. I'm not planning on hauling loads of cargo, but it would be nice if I could fit my road bicycle (with the wheels off) in the back. Anyone try this?

I've been trying to find a new car in the US based on these simple criteria:
1. 2 door
2. rear wheel drive
3. manual trans.
4. sporty/fun
5. can potentially fit a wheel-less bicycle inside (or something equivalent. I never seem to transport anything bigger than that, so it's a good measure)

You would think that would be easy, but I have yet to find a car that has those things. Suggestions?
 

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A single wheel can't fit in the back
 

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2 cases of Guiness! nuff said
 

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Hmmm.... Thanks a lot for the pics and tips. Very helpful.
You're right, it doesn't look like a bike frame will fit at all. That's the first picture I've seen with a compact spare in the back so now I can put some scale to the trunk size. I'll just have to use my GTI for cargo if I get a Lotus. Thanks again.
 

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Elise != practical in any way, shape, or form. Best to move on.
 

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Actually, it's not a "compact" spare, it's a "collapsible" spare.
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Hmmm.... Thanks a lot for the pics and tips. Very helpful.
You're right, it doesn't look like a bike frame will fit at all. That's the first picture I've seen with a compact spare in the back so now I can put some scale to the trunk size. I'll just have to use my GTI for cargo if I get a Lotus. Thanks again.
 

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With the inside release latch, my wife and I feel it's fine for children up to about age three or / 40 lbs. Engine note does a great job of covering up any whining too!
 

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I have a Bike Friday that can probably fit in the passenger seat, when folded.
 

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With the inside release latch, my wife and I feel it's fine for children up to about age three or / 40 lbs. Engine note does a great job of covering up any whining too!
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2 cases of Guiness! nuff said
Alright, A Guinness drinker. Although, if you store them in the back when going to a party, make sure to tell people to be careful when opening. A warm and curvy drive will cause them to explode upon opening. I think at the last party, it took the 5th or 6th person to realize the Guinness came in the Lotus.
 

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IMG_0089.JPG I was bored this evening so decided to see if I could fit my mountain bike in the passengers seat. Hear are the results. Had to take off both wheels and the seat/seatpost. Haven't tried driving like this, but the WRX Wagon is the bike transporter anyway. Seems like it would work in a pinch as long as there's no rain in the forecast.
 

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It fits lots of groceries. It is also good for duffle bags for a weekend trip. You can hang a suit from the soft top behind the front seats as well.
 

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how come we cant have a hard top that goes on in two pieces almost like "T-tops," but without the center beam? That way we could fit that in the trunk like the soft top:)
 

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I had a car with T-tops when I was in high school and they leaked like hell. I could only imagine what would happen if we depended on Lotus for all of those seals...
 
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