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Old 10-23-2006, 08:42 PM   #1
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test drove a lotus elise

I was considering getting a new car this spring. My dream car is a lotus elise, but I wanted to make sure it was practical to drive around, to have for every day driving. You know, make sure it's not SO rough a ride that it's just annoying, and make sure that I can actually handle it for long trips.

I didn't take pics but here's some thoughts from my experience.

Getting into the lotus SERIOUSLY requires you to be some kind of gymnast. I find new ways to get in every time. The guy was actually giving me tips and methods on how to get in. The seat drops down like a foot below the um...elevated plastic bump that is there when you open the door. You just need to fit your legs under the steering wheel without smacking your head on the top. It's easier when the top is off. It's interesting.

Once you're in, you're squished on each side, but the seat does go back about 2 inches if you need, which made it good enough for me (I'm 6'2")

The cd player and sound system blows, not that you can hear anything cause the engine is so loud! (which I don't mind). The windows rolled down in only a few turns. The top stores neatly in the trunk, which is actually big enough for a large duffel bag.

Now the best part -- driving it. It was so amazing. It was ridiculously fast. The engine is right behind your head and you can feel the cam open when you reach about 6500 rpm...and it doesn't redline till 8500, in which case a red light turns on, but you can even go to 10k rpm. The handling is incredible and it's such a thrill to drive in every way! And of course the brakes are impeccable...not much weight to stop, I suppose. The shifting is silky smooth and the steering is so precise and you forget the fact there's not a single convenience feature in the car.

Anyways, I am gonna go test some more cars...but I just feel like after driving the lotus, everything else will feel inferior in some way.
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:00 PM   #2
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Good read

Good idea
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:08 PM   #3
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A car that handles like a go kart but goes like a thousand times as fast lol. That just kicks ass.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:21 PM   #4
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A car that handles like a go kart but goes like a thousand times as fast lol. That just kicks ass.

It's supposedly pretty safe, too.
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:27 AM   #5
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:16 AM   #6
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i like the blue one with the white stripes in your sig!!!
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A car that handles like a go kart but goes like a thousand times as fast lol. That just kicks ass.
And it wont break the bank in running costs, either!
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Old 10-24-2006, 08:58 PM   #8
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Well, you english folks are lucky enough to be able to get one of the older models. The US only got the elise in 2005...or 2004. I forgot
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:47 PM   #9
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Lotus Elise.......I wasn't sure what this car was until I read this thread. I see these cars all over DC. Truthly they look painfully small. I saw someone open one of these up and they more than make up for their size in speed. What is the price tag on the Elise.....I'm guessing it is steep?
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