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Originally posted by MikeW would it not be Lotii, if it was indeed a lotus
It's the Opel Speedster on the Continent, in the UK it's the Vauxhall VX220. There's a turbo version that puts out around 220 hp; with the light weight, it's a real rocket.
In a way, it is a Lotus too - GM paid Lotus to develop that car based on the Elise chassis, and it's built for GM (Opel/Vauxhall) by Lotus on the Elise assembly line.
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This month's Car and Driver is where I read it. They had a big comparison of the new US Elise and the S2000, a cobra replica, a chaterham 7 and a Mazdaspeed Turbo Miata. Why the miata was there is anybody's guess.
I really think that an Elise will be my next car after I pay off the 8. Now that is 4and1/2 years away, but if the Elise is the sucess that I believe it will be, it is one of the few cars I would sell my rotaries for. Of course, if I have children, I will be keeping the 8.
BTW is the Vauxhall/Opel quicker than the Elise. I know they were codeveloped but what are the performance numbers for each? I probably will look it up so I guess the question is rhetorical.
Originally posted by Senseny I really think that an Elise will be my next car after I pay off the 8. Now that is 4and1/2 years away, but if the Elise is the sucess that I believe it will be, it is one of the few cars I would sell my rotaries for. Of course, if I have children, I will be keeping the 8.
thats my future plan EXACTLY as well.. wait unless i win the lotto then ima get a Lamborghini!
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Originally posted by Gord96BRG ...There's a turbo version that puts out around 220 hp; with the light weight, it's a real rocket...
its actually no more than 200hp. one has to be an idiot, to my opinion, to buy that car. the opel badge just won't do. the name lotus here in europe echoes almost as 'supercar'
lotus 'used' this car as a testground from the experience they had from 1st gen elise. then, when they knew even better how to do the job, they built the latest elise. nothing moves like an elise on the street (even with the 120hp) the toyota-powered version is a blast...
I don't think you could do the lotus "flash" because lotus built their own ECU from scratch if I remember correctly, and I know it has different intake and exhaust on the engine, which might cause a problem with the lift or switch to the speed cam.
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AT the NY auto show I got to sit in the ELise- I have really loved that car ever since I saw it on a trip to the UK. AFter sitting in it I was a bit less enthusiastic. The doorsills were incredibly high- (meaning hard to get in/out) and honestly it felt and looked a little like a kit car inside. I'm not saying that I wouldn't love to drive one, or that if I lived in the country and had it as a Sunday car I wouldn't love it. But after lusting for that car for over a year, and getting back in my 8, I was completely content in it's balance of real world practicality and performance.
At one time there was speculation in the major car mags that GM would import the Opel Speedster as a Pontiac under the Fiero or Firebird name. Though I haven't seen any articles on this in quite a while.