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Lotus Elise Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 7800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2005 Lotus Elise

  • Sports car fans rejoice! The European version of the Elise was very good; the U.S. version is even better. Better get in line quick if you want one, though; initial demand is sure to outstrip supply of this hot roadster.

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  • Pros

    Ultralightweight chassis, free-revving four-cylinder, uninhibited steering, supercar performance without the supercar price.

  • Cons

    Spartan interior, engine still a bit peaky for U.S. tastes, ride quality more Formula One than grand touring, limited dealer network.

  • What's New for 2005

    After years of letting Europeans have all the fun, the lightweight Lotus Elise sports car finally makes it to the States.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (73 total reviews)


Pure fun

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Vehicle: 2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

If you just want to have kick butt driving fun, this is your car. Don't expect posh comfort but do expect the most fun that you have ever had driving a car. No cup holders but then again, it would spill anyway. You will also become a minor celeb as people will take your picture, and will follow you all over the place. It can actually get a little annoying but once again, fun. No matter what other cars on around you, you will become the focal point. I have had mine for 4 years and I still love to just look at it. The temptation to drive too fast is overwhelming but it looks fast just parked so you get over it. Fantastic car.




This car begs you to

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Vehicle: 2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

I cannot state how happy I am with this car. It rewards the driver at every level. This is my first high performance sports car, and initially behind the wheel I didn't know what to expect and drove it very conservatively. It rewarded me at this level and drove very easily. As my sports driving skills have grown, I find there is continuously more ability in this car. As I learn to exploit it's performance more, it shows me it has more to give. So far I have not found the bottom of this tall glass of fast and agile! My wife loves driving it too, and she was previously not a car enthusiast. That has all changed. You will fall in love with this car!




One wicked car!

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Vehicle: 2005 Lotus Elise 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

Bought this car 6 months ago and have the only complaint of driving it too much! Nothing has gone wrong so far and I do my own oil changes with Mobil 1 5w40 synthetic oil. On curvy roads it's unbeatable. Me and my friends with fast cars (08 evo, 05 vette, 04 G35 Coupe, 04 STI) go cruising on local back roads and none of them can keep up with me. Try taking a tight turn on the hwy at 130mph... this car can do it! Has a very unique design that is eye catching for all ages!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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Full 2005 Lotus Elise Review

What's New for 2005

After years of letting Europeans have all the fun, the lightweight Lotus Elise sports car finally makes it to the States.

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oh58d
oh58d
04-05-2006
I have to step up. For me, getting into the Elise (2005 with both the touring and the race packages--split personality, but I'm a Gemini, what do you expect? :-) ) is pure simplicity and actually EA...



 

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