New US Lotus Elise info....

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  1. ace3

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    Toyota Power For New Elise


    Some say that all the best stuff comes from America, but we've never had
    to thank the USA for a Lotus before. Exclusive spy shots in the current
    issue of Auto Expresss magazine confirm what we suggested back in issue
    733 - the firm has shoe-horned a 190bhp Toyota engine into the Elise.

    Tell-tale signs on this development car are mostly at the back, where
    blanking plates cover the standard model's pipe outlets, and a
    centre-mounted exhaust has appeared. The wheels also give the game away,
    with five-stud rear alloys borrowed from the VX220 Turbo, suggesting
    that the Vauxhall's beefier suspension has been adopted. The eight-spoke
    fronts are taken from the 111S, which forms this prototype's
    underpinnings.

    So what's the American link? The Elise is to use a 2.2-litre VVTi Toyota
    engine and gearbox so it can be exported to the States without the need
    for expensive emissions tests. The powerplant is already on sale in
    America in the Camry. Lotus bosses are keen to return to the US market
    as soon as possible, since their only export - the Esprit - has been
    discontinued.

    Of course, the Japanese-engined Elise will also go on sale in the UK,
    alongside the existing K-Series unit. However, it is likely to replace
    the track day-inspired Sport 190, which is peaky and impractical in
    daily motoring. The new model will also let Lotus catch up with
    Vauxhall's VX220 Turbo, which has raised the standard for stripped-out
    high-performance roadsters.

    The engine was one of a number considered for the Elise. It was chosen
    over a larger 2.5-litre V6 Rover unit and Honda's 2.0 VTEC from the
    S2000, because these were seen as too expensive, big and heavy for the
    job. If the new Toyota-derived model is a success, the running gear is
    likely to be adopted across the range when a new Elise is launched in
    2005. A concept which will reveal the replacement's styling is expected
    at next year's Geneva Motor Show. Chris Thorp

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    :cool: But where are the spy shots?
     
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    Evo magazine (page 32) indicated that Lotus engineers were not happy with the weight of the Toyota 4-cylinder and it's need for high revs and therefore would likely go with the V6 from Toyota which would also be heavy but more torquey. To fit the V6 in the Elise, the wheelbase would be extended by 50mm. Evo also indicated that the European version of the Elise would remain with the Rover engine and the smaller wheelbase.
     
  4. nucl3ar

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    V6?

    All ricer dreams were just killed. :fawk:
     
  5. ace3

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    damn... thats nice, toyota V6... and u know eventually (if not already) there will be a TRD supercharger :cool: (not that a car that near perfect needs more power :p)
     
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    Official Words:

    The U.S. Spec Elise is coming 04/04
     
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    it'd be like this, but the exhaust coming out the center

    [​IMG]
     
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    nice rims
     
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    one of my fav cars ever :cool:
     
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    hrrrmmm, what's the tag gonna be on one?? 35k? 45?
     
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    here's the spy shot

    [​IMG]
     
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    $38,500
     
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    looks good with the center exhaust :cool:
     
  20. phatmonky

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    sweet god, that's gonna rock!! :eek3:


    If only I weren't so far from being 25 :hs:
     
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    more...

     
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    I want I want!
     
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    wait a min... so it is using the celica 4-banger?
     

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