2005 Lotus Elise Consumer Review: 2005 Lotus Elise

2005 Lotus Elise - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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2005 Lotus Elise
By mark Greenblatt on


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


Anyone who is serious about sports cars should put this car on your short list of cars to test drive. I have had 4 Porsches, much more expensive than this car, but I will never go back to Porsche again. They are so boring and bland compared to this car. A purchaser of this car should be aware that it is one of the most raw cars for sale. Raw meaning it has a loud engine (1/3 of my reason to buy a car is the sound it makes), the interior is spartan with a lot of exposed chassis metal (which I think looks so cool), it is a simple car designed to have balanced handling and performance, low weight, and will give you grins every time you get in it. It has a Toyota drivetrain to boot.

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I love all of the exterior color choices. I chose orange. It does 1.04 G on the skidpad, and 0-60 in 4.4 secs; very few cars can do that. It has has great steering and handling. Is distinctive, and gets a lot of attention. And it has the most bang for the buck, and lotus owners are hardcore!
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By tabbies
on 11/28/11 17:10 PM (PST)

lol I judge a car based on it's engine sound too!

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