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simon
05-21-2002, 03:05 AM
Lotus Elise bound for U.S.:
After nearly half a decade of denying U.S. drivers the lovely little Elise, Lotus Cars USA will federalize and import the aluminum sports car for sale here in September 2003 as a 2004 model. By the middle of '03, the ancient Esprit supercar will finally be put to rest. (At this writing, the factory was to build just 250 more Esprits.) Ah, but the Elise. It will cost $38,500¡Xthat's with standard A/C, stereo, and leather. Don't expect it to look much different from the European version, although Lotus Cars USA might have to fit it with new headlamps to meet federal regs. Also, the Elise will not use the 120-hp Rover 1.8-liter that powers it in Europe. Lotus is not saying what engine will power the U.S. cars, but General Motors' 145-hp, 2.2-liter EcoTec four, which is used in the Opel Speedster that Lotus makes for GM, is a pretty good bet.

M!
05-21-2002, 03:18 AM

Pete
05-21-2002, 04:59 PM
Why don't they just slap a supercharger on the 1.8L? It may be low tech but its very efficient and cost-effective. And I don't suppose it'll add too much weight either.

98 Blue M
05-24-2002, 12:34 PM
Or maybe "DearGodThisThingIsGoingToKillMeTec", but that might be harder to fit on the engine.

wainair
05-25-2002, 06:36 PM
the 190 looks wicked just the way it is.


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