Perfect extra fun / hobby / track car
Had my 2005 111R for 13 years and did many track day and even 2 Targa event kilometers. Toyota engine and gearbox means it is very tough and economical. All issues were very minor and cheap fixes (non-mechanical). Lots of import modification parts available to make these cars drive even better than the amazing standard car. Nothing feels and looks like an Elise. The social scene with Lotus clubs around country (I was in Qld and WA clubs) adds another dimension to ownership. The car is more practical than omost mid engine sportscars as they have...short overhangs and are small so parking in a car park is a breeze (some other sportscars can be a nightmare). Loved it and got good money when selling it (more than double value of similar aged Porsche Boxster). Can only recommend to any enthusiast that isn't too tall.
Purchased in August 2006 at Lotus dealer for A$80,000.00.
The idea of a car you can use for race track days is nothing new in 2014.
As speed limits get lower and enforcement tighter, those with an urge to sample a little four-wheeled excitement have been turning to race tracks for years now.
It makes sense, too; a track-day offers the chance to go as fast as you like in a relatively safe environment, without having to constantly look over your shoulder for flashing red and blue lights.
Of course, such a strategy requires an appropriate car for the job, and opinions are split on this subject.
There’s a school of thought that says a big engine in a big car (typically a Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon) will make for a great day-to-day car as well as a weekend track-star.
Lotus Elise Series 2 with Toyota
Excellent vehicle and it is just different. There is not really anything as affordable and different as this sports car. The light weight separates it from anything else and the driving experience like little else on the market. I would say the fit and finish is average and convenience it never going to be the reason to purchase it but I am pleased to be enjoying a car that is not mainstream!
The engine is a gem. If you are an enthusiast who likes to drive, then this is an outstanding choice.
Mine is now 12 years old and I have had it fro...
Raw driving at its best
There is something very special about the Elise. You feel so connected to the driving experience. It is something I have felt in no other car. The 1800 gives you that little bit more oomph and also a 8,500rpm screamer. If you crave adrenalin and connection, than this is it.
Corners like nothing else, engaging, street apeal, adrenalin, low fuel consumption
Getting in and out, rough interior, potholes
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