The Elise is no more. It was totalled in May of this year on some Indiana backroads. The short of it is that I came around an odd corner that goes hard left just as you crest over a hill. The car unweighted and went into a spin. No injuries but the car was considered a total loss. I now have an 01 BMW M3 but will probably pick up another Elise or Exige in the next few years.
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Bought this Elise in February of 2006 and have loved it ever since. In the past 10 months I've logged over 12,000 miles with the car and have had few problems with it.
You can see more photos (better quality) at my Lotus Elise Blog
I just updated the Gallery with some interior photos. The only difference in the interior now is the stereo is different. I replaced the stock Blaupunkt Acapulco with an Alpine CDA-9856. The exposed metal areas are (for the most part) the actual chassis/tub that the car is built around.
When I first saw the Boxster concept car that was unveiled at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show, I fell in love. I vowed to own a Boxster some day, and now I do.
Mostly stock 2005 Lotus Elise.
1.8L Toyota 4 Cylinder & 6 speed transmission
189 hp & 138 lb/ft
Mid Engined, RWD
Unequal length wishbones
Bilstein dampers & Eibach springs
Lotus/AP-Racing twin-piston fixed aluminium alloy front brake calipers
Brembo single-piston sliding rear calipers
11.3" Cross drilled rotors
0-60 --- 4.7 seconds
1/4 Mile --- 13.3 @ 102.9mph
70' Slalom --- 71.1mph
Skidpad --- 1.02g
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2.7L flat 6
192 lb-ft torque
-Touring Pack (power windows, extra insulation, different stereo)
-Lifestyle paint (Krypton Green)
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Speed Yellow Exterior
P09 Sport Package (Wind Stop, Hi-Fi Sound System, Cruise Control, Alarm System, CD Radio)
P14 Heated Front Seats Package
391 17" Wheels - Boxster Design
446 Wheel caps with colored Porsche crest
476 Porsche Stability Management
XX1 Front floor mats embroidered "Porsche"
XMK Roll Bar Painted Exterior Color
XSY Seat Belts In Speed Yellow
As equipped, the MSRP for this specific car in 2002 was $49,515.
-ForcedFed Carbon Fiber front Splitter
-Green Filter and modified airbox
-Alpine CDA-9856 with 3rd generation iPod attached
-Sector111 larger front tow hook
-Sector111 rear triangular tow hook
-Zoom Carbon Fiber wide angle rear view mirror
-Aftermarket header & exhaust
If Elise/Exige parts weren't so damn expensive I'd have half the list installed already. Everything on the list will be on the car before too long though.
You can see photos and walkthroughs for the car's mods @ My Lotus Elise Blog
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