Written on: 22/08/2012 by Griffmeister83 (2 reviews written)
As a child I had dreams about owning one of these and eventually took the plunge 3 years ago....do I regret it? Not at all!! The car has been reliable (certainly more reliable than the Volvo we also own) and gets plenty of admiring looks. When driving it certainly illustrates just how inert/dull other cars are - true it's not that fast but if speed is all you are after then I'm afraid you have well and truly missed the point of this car....it's the way it drives, not how fast it goes. You... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2008 by I THOMAS
Overall what a machine, great value for money, ive had skylinners, gtos nothing like the little car with a big heart (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2005 by rpaynter (2 reviews written)
Absolutely stunning handling - very few cars can cover tight or narrow twisty roads quicker than the Lotus Elise 1.8i. Low torque means this car has to be driven up the rev band to keep it alive. Easily the most fun you can have for your money. Can't quite match Caterham & Westfield kit cars but the Elise is more refined and comfortable. It does have a sting in its tail though... literally. This is a mid to rear engined lightweight car which means lifting off mid-bend can induce snap... (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2005 by Postie2003 (10 reviews written)
The Lotus Elise 1.8i is the ultimate car for people who despair at the spiralling kerbweights and superfluous gadgetry of your average modern car. Very quick up to semi-legal speeds (a bit flat beyond them), with track car handling which can punish the disrespectful or unskilled.
To drive an Elise hard is a physical experience which brings home how civilised our everyday cars have become. The car's snap lift-off oversteer can be trouser soiling, and the non-servo brakes take some getting... (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2003 by rousseau (1 review written)
I rented the Lotus Elise 1.8i for a week for a holiday in UK. First off it's a pain to get in and out while the roof is on since you sit very low down in a tiny cabin and the door is tiny (i'm 6 foot tall by the way - midget drivers might find it better). But once you're inside, the car feels like a go-kart on steroids. Great fun to drive, you can rev the engine up and with the stiff suspension and low seating position it feels a lot faster than it is. The brakes could do with a bit extra... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2003 by Len.
A fantastic drivers car, superb handling and performance which humbles many a more expensive "supercar". Comands high insurance premiums but is relatively cheap to run, making 40mpg and servicing costs not topping £400 using specialists. The car has scores low on practicality but then if you need this then you should look elsewhere. The roof on my S1 can let rain in and is a pain to take on and off. Getting into the car can be amusing, the boot is small and it's loud on the motorway. None of... (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2002 by JJ.
blinding car to drive, fastest i've driven and handling's wicked (read more)
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