|Year||2002||Engine capacity||1796 cc|
|Exterior colour||Silver Grey Metallic||Engine configuration||Inline 4 cylinder with injection|
|Interior colour||Burgundy||Engine number||Matching|
|Upholstery||Leather||Rims||15 & 16 inch Lotus alloy|
|0 - 100 km/u||5.9 sec||Wheels||Bridgestone|
|Top speed||202 km/u||Production numbers||Still in production|
|VIN number||SCCGA11161HC71254||Other||Superb condition|
The Elise had heavy boots to fill, being launched as the hopeful saviour for financially struggling Lotus. Despite highly successful in racing, the focus at Lotus always lied at crossing the finish line first, not at paying outstanding invoices. A strong cash position could only be achieved by launching a truly successful model that would sell in large numbers, for Lotus scale that is. And the success the Elise has claimed, can now be evaluated. Not in the last place on behalf of impressive performance, stemming from clever engineering the Elise is full of. Lotus as none other knew thanks to its history in racing what a quick, agile and affordable sports car should comply to. Lightness is prerequisite number one. Body rigidity is number two. Keep in mind a screw only connects at one single point, and you can see the thought that went into the glueing of aluminium parts across the complete chassis, revolutionary for such a street car. The polyester bodywork further added lightness to the car, which made the car, despite sporting a modest 122bhp a quick and utterly agile sports car with neutral and sporty handling on behalf of the mid placed engine. The top speed lies at no less than 240km/h and in fewer than six seconds one would drive 100km/h. With comfortable options and thick isolation you cannot keep a sport car lean, for those who look for the level of excitement of a motorcycle sans helmet, the Elise offers everything one's heart desires. What fun in an Elise! And that for a relatively comprehensible sum when you know how to appreciate its performance and handling.
Fun that could potentially turn sour when it concerns a ruined badly kept Elise. Because of the its special chassis construction an Elise has to be damage free surely, and steering well is something she only does when she is serviced properly. This here offered exemplar was extensively taken care of as recently as October 2017 by Importer Van der Kooi Sportscars. Judging from the hefty documentation that comes with the car it concerns an extremely well kept damage free exemplar. Better, and foremost more fun, it cannot get on four wheels.