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    Enthusiast Breck's Avatar
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    Bought an 05 Elise

    Hey All,

    I just picked up a 2005 Lotus Elise on Saturday! I have wanted one of these for a while (I actually was looking for either one of these or a Viper back in 2020 & I ended up with my Viper) and this is my first time with any sort of hands on Lotus experience; I hadn't even sat in one until I was over 8 hours away from home ready to buy it. I drove it 580 miles back home and I am thrilled with it.

    I also cannot express how grateful I feel to be able to have this alongside the Viper. Both cars are incredible but so so different from each other.

    What is everyone's experience with these?

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    Current Garage: 95' Dodge Viper RT/10. (The Barn Find!), 05' Lotus Elise, 21' Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys (Daily & Factory Confirmed 1 of 1!)

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    Congrats! No experience with them other than knowing some guys who owned those and the Exige. Cool cars. Not a lot of frills but hey, you're used to that already. Any plans for it or drive as is?

    Hope you get miles and miles of enjoyment from it! I still want a late Esprit V8 Turbo.
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    damn, talk about VERY different cars! haha

    Yes I had the chance to drive a '06 for a week, the lightweight feeling is absolutely amazing (the braking!) its FUN, makes you smile. The problem, after a little while, is how underpowered that car is. Makes you wish for more and then, you end up with a Porsche 981 lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aevus View Post
    damn, talk about VERY different cars! haha

    Yes I had the chance to drive a '06 for a week, the lightweight feeling is absolutely amazing (the braking!) its FUN, makes you smile. The problem, after a little while, is how underpowered that car is. Makes you wish for more and then, you end up with a Porsche 981 lol
    I think the exige S/Supercharged elise is plenty power! 220-260 hp with under 2000 lbs, pretty comparable to 981 S in speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aevus View Post
    damn, talk about VERY different cars! haha

    Yes I had the chance to drive a '06 for a week, the lightweight feeling is absolutely amazing (the braking!) its FUN, makes you smile. The problem, after a little while, is how underpowered that car is. Makes you wish for more and then, you end up with a Porsche 981 lol
    You definitely can hit a golf ball farther with a 3 iron than you can with a 9 iron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finalleaf View Post
    I think the exige S/Supercharged elise is plenty power! 220-260 hp with under 2000 lbs, pretty comparable to 981 S in speed.
    not sure what the power weight ratio is but I had a 981 BGTS tuned (+/- 360bhp) and it was a great balance. But nothing beats the feeling of a super lightweight car; braking, weight transfer, steering feel

    the ultimate in that is probably a Mclaren 600LT, 765LT or whatever they have now

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    Congrats! I got an Exige but haven't been able to track it yet. These things are FAST on track. There's a 230whp one that is only 2 seconds behind my monster at Chuckwalla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Vipers View Post
    Congrats! I got an Exige but haven't been able to track it yet. These things are FAST on track. There's a 230whp one that is only 2 seconds behind my monster at Chuckwalla.
    That doesn't shock me too much...Chuckwalla definitely isn't super friendly to the high horsepower cars.
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