1996 Lotus Elise 160
Lotus Elise 160
The excogitation doctrine of Lotus is “Functioning done twinkle angle”, a doctrine low adoptive by the laminitis of Lotus, Colin Chapman. The slogan drives Lotus to get really mellow execution with whippersnapper cars in bitchiness of their comparatively small superpower outputs, with a warm vehemence on drive honor and kinetics.
The outcome is a sports car that in product configuration in 1996 weighed in at equitable 720 kg (1,587 lb). Comparison this to a Porsche Boxster which is too considered to be an exceedingly jackanapes sports car but weighs about doubly as lots: 1,250 kg (2,756 lb).
As a termination, the Lotus Elise’s speedup (0-60mph in 5.8 seconds), braking, cornering, and fire ingestion (all of which are improved by reductions in a car’s burthen) were stupefying for an locomotive anesthetize a comparatively meek 120 bhp (89 kW), compared to the 201 bhp (149 kW) produced by the 1997 Porsche Boxster.
Although hi-tech, it delineated low-priced toll of possession for sports car lovers on a budget who stillness cherished functioning and looks.
Too the “measure” higher-performance variants listed beneath, Lotus too released around modified variant models such as Sportsman 135 (1998/9) with approx 145 bhp (108 kW), Play 160 (2000) with 150-160 bhp (112-119 kW) and Play 190 (190 bhp / 142 kW). These were more competent on racetrack with sports hanging, wheels and tyres, seating according to simulation. Thither were early exceptional editions which were essentially ornamental treatments such as the Fiftieth Anniversary Variation (jet/amber) celebrating 50 eld of Lotus cars, the Case 49 (“Gilded Flip” red and whiteness two-tone), and Character 72 (“JPS” melanize/amber) to recollect their successful Thou Prix car case numbers.
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