The Return of the Lotus Elise

 

It seems like we can’t get away from the iconic British car manufacturer, Lotus. Everywhere you look these days there’s news and articles about either the financial status of Lotus or a new sports car they’ve released. And today, we are very much talking about the latter.

Another New ‘S’

The 2012 Lotus Elise S has just been released, and it looks to be very much in line with the models Lotus have released in recent months. That is to say the new Elise S is fast and punchy, and will certainly put a smile on your face!

The ‘S’ badge has been slapped on a number of models recently, the Evora S, the Exige S and now the Elise S. What it refers to, naturally, is the supercharger that sits inside the engine bay. The Elise S now packs 217bhp, which is more than enough from something that traditionally weighs so little.

The 1.8 litre supercharged engine will propel drivers from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds before going on to a top speed of 145mph. Also, it has to be said, in something so small, such speed will feel all the more intense as the sense of speed will be emphasised thanks to its low centre of gravity and small shell.

Economy is good too, with the Elise S achieving 37.5mpg. This will keep fuel bills down; money that can be put towards that all important car insurance quote!

Handling Capabilities

The Elise S, as usual with a Lotus, handles phenomenally well! It’s easy to drive and you really can put it where you want. Its poky little front end always seems to stick thanks to its abundant amount of grip. The Elise S makes use of Yokohama Advan tyres and non-assisted steering whilst the balance is out of this world!

The handling capabilities coupled with the upgraded engine make the Lotus Elise S a recipe for success!

The Elise S is available to buy from £36,200, whilst if you spec it up, it’s likely to push past the £40k mark. This means it is now mixing it with the likes of the Porsche Boxster. What would you rather have?

Or would you instead look to spend a little bit more and buy the Exige S for around £50k? A dangerous, but tempting thought…

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