About a two minute search turned up 4 Elise's for sale in the states. Hope
you have plenty of $$$$. Check it out.
I know very little about this car except that it is apperently illegal to
import to the US...does anyone know why? Any info would be awsome!
lol yeah i dont think any retail car is illegal in the states u must have read wrong, 8O lol
He no doubt means illegal for road use, which it is.
I got this off the Lotus USA website-
"Q. Is it possible to purchase an Elise road car in Europe and import it to the U.S. for personal use?
A. No. The Elise does not currently meet DOT/EPA requirements for road use in North America."
I also read they are developing an Elise for North America, so some of the news I read must have been a wee bit dated :D
Does anyone know what prohibits the Elise GTS-R from being street-legal? Excessive engine power, or some kind of emissions problem?
well thats retarted, no cars should be illegal
i would give up so much to have an elise
well thats retarted, no cars should be illegal
--- well its not illegal, just to drive it on the streets is, hence, it is no street legal, but can use on private property or tracks and such, just not on public roads
probably emissions "for some states" and safety standards
but not sure dont know awhole lot about that.
I work at a lotus dealer. This past may, i went to a training class in georgia "lotus cars int". it was awsome, while i was there i drove a elise,exige and a motorsport. the elise/motorsport was crazy it was like a big go-cart "not much bigger" i loved it. next spring we will be getting about 8 to 10 elise, i know what car i'm gonna demo that month. :mrgreen:
Just felt the need to bring this thread back to life with an important issue! I am from the land of the crap British cars...........UK lol, and can say without doubt that the Elise Isn't worth importing! Okay It's quick and sporty but the engine is just plain unreliable. I spent a few years as a Mechanic and as such know that these engines (known as the K-Series) are used in all manor of Rover built cars from the Rover 100 to the LandRover Freelander to the Elise. The major downside and point I'm trying to make about this unit is that in every 10,000 - 20,000 miles you are more than likely going to have the task of replacing the head gasket! but thats not the only trouble with the Elise, the roofs leak, the radiators pack up prematurely and Water pumps fail early too. So I wouldn't bother with them myself unless I was to do maybe 2000-3000 miles a year!
the U.S. spec elise will have a toyota celica gts engine with a six speed gearbox, 190hp. looks like the problem is solved :D
there a beutifull car
I was talking about import Elise's in wich case It wouldn't be a US spec! The Toyota engine is the one that will eventually make It's way into the next version of the UK spec Elise, best move they are ever going to make, like when Rover used to stick Honda engines in their cars! :D
why cant they just use a lotus engine? it would be so much better
Does Lotus build engines anymore? lol
i dont know if they build wngines anymore either but peorsonally why a
toyota celica gts engine. thier variable valve timeing lift is the same
thing as vtec for honda... i do know that it cranks out 180 and that elise
tweeked it to 190... but my sources in the tuner world tell me that the
acura rsx type s is very mod friendly as far as engines go... im just
thinking i can bench press that damn car... :D if you could get an engine
in that car with over 200 bhp and still have it n-a the tuner world would
be all over it.
my rents have a camry and it is ok but toyota cant make a sports car anymore... the supra engine was nice but i have no respect for the celica engine or corolla engine which they put in the mr2... point end case
i dont think lotus ever built their own engine, at least none that i can
lotus designs their own suspension,chassis,body,and so on.
:( 2004 is the last year of the esprit, didnt know if yall knew.
I think Lotus tune engines rather than build them, for example the Lotus Carlton was tuned by Lotus and had Lotus suspension etc. The Elan might of had a Lotus engine because in the 1970's there wasn't much else you could put in a Lotus lol. And I heard something about Lotus axing the Esprit, I have never been Lotus' greatest fan but in my mind that is a proper sports car, and it has a tin top! Pitty about the engine though lol. :(
Hi I'm looking to purchase a 2004-5 Lotus Elise in racing green (preferred). Anyone know of a new or used one for sale that isn't marked up? Please call me at 626-585-8684 and ask for Rick. Thank you.
Did you search the internet? They are on sale in the US now, I think in the upper 40s. Hope that helps! :thumbs:
the newest generation elise and exige already have the toyota engine also found in celica and corolla 190 hp peak but hardly usable you need VERY high revs everytime low torque too lotus is preparing the release of the supercharger kit already sold by toyota car is fast on the track on the street it`s a different story the brother vauxhall turbo outfitted with a opel 2.0 r4 turbo engine with 200 hp is as fast and easier to drive
The V220 Turbo, well its a better everyday car, but the exige will beat it if you pitted to experianced drivers against each other, the narrow front tyres are to balence the car, its a art form to drive it quickly.
cynqig: you are right for an experienced driver a lotus is surely the faster car, but as you posted it is an art to do that and a "normal" driver will be faster in the v220
The Elan might of had a Lotus engine because in the 1970's there wasn't
much else you could put in a Lotus.........
The Elan had a Ford block and a special twin cam lotus head fitted....The Esprit/Excel/Eclat had an engine based on block from Vauxhall and was made with Jenson which again they put a twin cam head on. Not sure where they got the v8 block from but pretty sure they haven't made a complete engine.
Did U Guys Know Proton Owns Lotus :fu:
And Proton Is Owned By Malaysia :drool:
Bet U Didnt Know That :sleep:
1. Who the f*ck cares about f*cking Proton and f*cking malaysia, Nobody brought that up.
2.You have one post, which means you specifically joined to insult people about there knowledge of something which doesn't even matter.
3.You brought a post that was started more than 2 years ago...nobody cares.
4.I hate you...
I own a 160hp K-series S1 Elise. I've got 67,000 miles on the clock.
Although things have worn on my car and been replaced, nothing has ever
broken. My 1998 car still does 0-60 under 5 1/2 seconds and pulls on to a
ton with ease (around 13.5 seconds). I think compares nicely to some of the
US cars mentioned here...but because it only weighs around 750kgs compared
to the big US cars I think it's very hard to compare directly. I own a
corner hugging lightweight missile that still makes me grin every time I
get in it now. The handling on Elise's is truly incredible if the geo is
Although I new an Elise would be less reliable than a Jap car, I've got to say that for the £'s here in the UK, if you want a true driving sports car experience - the Elise cannot be beaten.
I've been on track against higher powered and heavier cars which cannot catch it.