I was looking at the 2015 lotus elise today. I saw the price was at 35000 british pounds or about 55000 US dollars and the question i thought was "if my lotus was worth that would I sell it and buy the 2015 elise". Just curious what you guys think.
Not to mention if and when it does come out its going to be a boat anchor. The Elise of today simply can not be matched in terms of modern purity. In other words there probably will never be another lotus or any other car for that matter as pure and unique as the s1 and s2 Elise and Exige. Not sure if the 2011 or 2012 elise is considered the s3 or not but they fall in the same line as well.
According to KBB, my 09 is worth at least $40k and up so if I sell it now and hold onto the money, by 2015, it should be $55k in the money market/mutual funds if all goes well. Yes, I would do it. You bet. It looks pretty hot.
Maybe they meant $55k in today's dollars... with what they project as options for today... and so with the new regulations in 2015 and other mandates plus new things they want to throw on the car to remain competitive in 2015's market which could mean bigger engine, more electronics, etc., and you can see the car costing over $80k easily in today's dollars, like the Exige 240/260. Like really... what in the Exige 260 justifies the more than doubling of costs over the 2005 bare bones Elise which was $40k?
I personally think the Lotus 7 was a great design for the 1950's, the Elan for the 60's, the Esprit for the 80's the Elise for the 90's and parts of the new century but the 2015 model is pretty much the future, if there's any, that still in question...
I am sentimentality attached to my current car. But if she were lost I would not hesitate to take on a brand new one. So much negativity here about everything Lotus does anymore. I'd sure drive a new one and give her a chance to impress me.
By 2015 my Elise will have 100+ track days on it and will be getting tired. Sadly, machines don't last forever, and the car will be hitting a window where it will cost much more to rebuild motor, suspension, etc than it is worth. Financial logic dictates it will be time for a replacement. Doesn't mean it won't be kept as an old toy though. Hopefully, Evora will be the track car by then and a new DD replacement will be in order.
Time marches on and I suspect technology does also. Very few cars remain competitive forever.
BTW all the bad mouthing about the bigger Evora has proven fruitless. It, even in stock NA trim, can stick with most any variant of Elige in stock trim, and kill them on tracks with long straights. They didn't release the V6 Exige for haHa's and yes- its heavier as necessitated by the bigger powerplant. Time will tell, and I, for one, will be in line to try the new models
The 2015 looks nothing like the Elise. I dont think it should be drastically changed in style like that. This is sort of like GNR( guns and roses), one of the members are left and the music is nothing like it was, why keep the name... Because of its legacy. That is so stupid.
I'm sure the 2015 is going to be another fine lotus car, but its no Elise IMO.
Aside from certain designs which are evolutionary versus revolutionary, new car designs are supposed to deviate in big ways or else why bother with a redesign? The differentiation is a big reason that drives new car sales instead of just holding onto your older generation car.
Everybody does it. Ferrari, Toyota, Rolls Royce, Kia, etc.