1996 Lotus Elise
The figure doctrine of Lotus is “Execution done twinkle weightiness”, a doctrine commencement adoptive by the break of Lotus, Colin Chapman. The slogan drives Lotus to prevail really gamey functioning with whippersnapper cars in nastiness of their comparatively minor index outputs, with a firm vehemence on drive honour and kinetics.
The solvent is a sports car that in product configuration in 1996 weighed in at fair 720 kg (1,587 lb). Liken this to a Porsche Boxster which is likewise considered to be an highly jackanapes sports car but weighs well-nigh double as often: 1,250 kg (2,756 lb).
As a resolution, the Lotus Elise’s quickening (0-60mph in 5.8 seconds), braking, cornering, and fire phthisis (all of which are improved by reductions in a car’s angle) were astounding for an locomotive exsert a comparatively minor 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 hush cherished functioning and looks.
Too the “stock” higher-performance variants listed under, Lotus besides released about circumscribed version models such as Play 135 (1998/9) with approx 145 bhp (108 kW), Variation 160 (2000) with 150-160 bhp (112-119 kW) and Mutant 190 (190 bhp / 142 kW). These were more competent on rails with sports reprieve, wheels and tyres, seating according to manakin. Thither were otc exceptional editions which were essentially enhancive treatments such as the Fiftieth Anniversary Variation (viridity/gilt) celebrating 50 geezerhood of Lotus cars, the Typewrite 49 (“Amber Flip” red and flannel two-tone), and Character 72 (“JPS” lightlessness/aureate) to recollect their successful G Prix car character numbers.
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