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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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18 reader reviews for Lotus Elise Open.
  • 1.8 111R 2dr

    Jon Crouch Date: 26/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Like the reviews say if you want a fat sports car buy a z4 or a boxster but if you want a proper sports car buy one of these, I have a 111r sports racer and it is awsome. I see a review above from america and it says the car is underpowered because it has a small engine, Size isn't everything, I would put the elise against any sports car on a track and you would be shocked at what it would beat. Remember that engine is high reving 8.5k rpm variable valve timing toyota unit and is very reliable, also it only has to push 800kg which is nothing. I also have another german car which will stay nameless lovelly car but even though the interior on the elise is very minimalist I feel better after a long run in that than in my other car. Don't buy this car for toys buy it for the drive!

  • 1.8 Sports Racer 2dr

    Barry Slater , Surrey . Date: 08/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I wanted an Elise for years and finally bought a nearly new 111R in January 2007 (a good time to buy). I have not stopped smiling yet.

    I admit that the car is not the most practical, but we own an estate car for trips to the tip. Otherwise the Elise has been totally reliable, and a delight to drive no matter what the road.

    It is the only car I've driven where acceleration, braking and cornering are literally inertia-free. Breathe on the accelerator and the Toyota engine pushes you seamlessly; brake and speed is wiped off at a rate that other cars cannot comprehend (beware those following) and the cornering balance is a joy.

    If driving pleasure is what you strive for, go Lotus. Not only will you be smiling, but so does everyone around you. Cars let you in, kids wave, even Lambo owners nod in recognition.

    However, please be warned: the Elise may spoil you for life, and all subsequent cars may feel like overweight whales.

  • 1.8 111S 2dr

    Ed Owen Date: 07/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car does what it says on the tin. Light, agile, quick, efficient, fun.

    Name me another car that can do 5.0 seconds to 60mph and 40mpg, that looks great, and handles like nothing on earth?

  • 1.8 R Sport 2dr

    Henry Henry , usa . Date: 14/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've test-drove many sport cars before I decided to buy one. At the price tag of over $54K out the door, I would expect the car to perform much better for the value. The sport car appears to be way too primitive and under power with a 1.8 liter engine, very difficult to get in/out of the car, noise problem, parking brake sticky, and I feel very unsafe in it. For those of you that may be interested in this car, I suggest you to look for a few more choices like: Corvette, Chrysler Crossfire, 350Z, Sky, etc. I think you will find them more impressive and perhaps little less on the price tag with much better performance. I own one of the sports car above and loved.

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