The only changes from year to year mainly concerned the list of options and the addition of different packs-Touring, Premium, assemblies, special forged wheels, Sport and Track-centre half on comfort rather that performance. It should be noted that the 2007 models has been redesigned headlamps to fully abide by the American regulations and the 2006 models boasted rejiggered pedal boxes that have provided more space and easier heel-toe down.
The $1350 Touring Pack includes leather seats, a sound insulation (the base car has none), a few squares of carpet, and a little bit of storage behind the seats. After tourism, buyers can choose the Premium package, but adds that these embellishments covered with leather, the pommel shifter, we prefer aluminum-ball Alpine XM-ready head of a cushion for the storage tray and the jock-strap cup holder. The Special Pack Stitching can dress up the interior.
But who cares? The only packets to match the other three are: Forged Wheel, Sport and trace. The pack of forged wheels forged aluminum wheels are wider at the front by a half-inch (6.0 versus 5.5 inches, the rear wheels are 7.5 inches wide, regardless of the package) and reduce the unsprung weight of 20 pounds are, or are not necessary, but if you plan to upgrade $ 2480 Sport Pack. The Sport Pack, which also includes forged aluminum wheels with 6.5 inches wide fronts-nabs a more aggressive state-tuning for the suspension and throws the standard Advan Yokohama Neova AD07s for even marked Yokohama Advan A048s.
The Track Pack is the last frontier. For $ 2495, adjustable Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, five way adjustable front anti-roll bar, a tracking link to reinforce the rear suspension, and the attachment points bolt safety harness and a small bar Tower on Elise Mangeur even more of a runway. Additional results-oriented options include traction control, which can also be supplied with a limited-slip diff dollars for 1790.
We would like to be able to tell you how awesome a devilishly Elise is equipped with all the go-fast train we simply listed we'd probably say Caterhams baby eats for breakfast, BMW M3s sacrifices on the altar of speed, and Calls for lightning to strike every challenger-Spec Miata, but the fact of the matter is that our test car, but had three options: yellow paint ($595), the Touring Pack, and Star Shield ($995), the latter of which covers the front face various parts of the car with a plastic protective film.
But to tell you the truth, not having or Sport Track Pack does not matter a bit. 2007 Lotus Elise yet blew off our skullcaps our brain and sent on a one-way trip to liquefaction. It's that good.
Much of the goodness that has to do with the fact that the Elise, according to our scales, checks in 1975 to a term of books, including fluid. For reference, that is 1225 pounds less than the brand new Subaru Impreza WRX 2008. The 6600-plus-pound Hummer H2 weighs more than three times more than the Elise.
The 190 horsepower Toyota/Yamaha four sounds sweet, but a little rough, but never as good as when you came in, what goes on when the tach needle sweeps past 6200 rpm. Then the cacophony from behind your head swells to its ultimate peak, buzzing its way deep into your bones all the way to the red line, in which you move the shift lever in the next train and have a another will wake up, to death. Max power comes at 7800 rpm, while maximum torque of just 138 foot-pounds is a bit lower, at 6800 rpm. (Power junkies: An atmospheric version of this engine powers the fixed roof Demands S, and the rumour has a more powerful Elise coming our way soon.)
Naturally, then, we spent as much time as deeply buried in the tachometer as possible, we need to hear that fantastic, top-four belts of his best Axl Rose impression. Even so, with all staff flogging holy Lotus to hell for a little over 2000 miles, we have achieved 25 mpg combined with some individual tanks back up to 30 mpg.