The Truth About Cars » Lotus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Digestible Importables: 25-Year-Old Import Law Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-importables-25-year-old-import-law-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-importables-25-year-old-import-law-edition/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 13:10:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1259513 Earlier this week, we celebrated the new year by looking at a couple cars that are eligible for private import under the NHTSA’s “25 Year Rule” and I figured there were many more possibilities out there warranting a mention. Some of these have become eligible over the last couple years, where some won’t be ready for a year […]

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Earlier this week, we celebrated the new year by looking at a couple cars that are eligible for private import under the NHTSA’s “25 Year Rule” and I figured there were many more possibilities out there warranting a mention. Some of these have become eligible over the last couple years, where some won’t be ready for a year […]

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TTAC News Round-Up: Mazda’s Crossover Mania, Hyundai Lands a Lambo Man, Toyota is Just The Tops http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ttac-news-round-up-mazdas-crossover-mania-hyundai-lands-a-lambo-man-toyota-is-just-the-tops/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ttac-news-round-up-mazdas-crossover-mania-hyundai-lands-a-lambo-man-toyota-is-just-the-tops/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1250801 Newly promoted, high-priced executives at Mazda seem to think there’s something to this crossover fad. That, Hyundai’s landed a Benjamin Button to lead Genesis and I wish I would have known how cheap I could have purchased an F1 team … after the break. New Mazda boss keying on crossover sales New Mazda North America […]

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Newly promoted, high-priced executives at Mazda seem to think there’s something to this crossover fad. That, Hyundai’s landed a Benjamin Button to lead Genesis and I wish I would have known how cheap I could have purchased an F1 team … after the break. New Mazda boss keying on crossover sales New Mazda North America […]

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Lotus is Definitely*, Absolutely*, Positively* Bringing Elise to US* http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/lotus-definitely-absolutely-positively-bringing-elise-u-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/lotus-definitely-absolutely-positively-bringing-elise-u-s/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133785 *Unless it isn’t. According to Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, the next-generation lightweight Lotus two-seater sports car has a future in the United States around 2020 — that is, if Lotus is still around then. The chief executive spoke to Automotive News and said the Elise could be adapted to the U.S. market’s famously fussy safety regulations, which eventually killed […]

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*Unless it isn’t. According to Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, the next-generation lightweight Lotus two-seater sports car has a future in the United States around 2020 — that is, if Lotus is still around then. The chief executive spoke to Automotive News and said the Elise could be adapted to the U.S. market’s famously fussy safety regulations, which eventually killed […]

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Gales: Lotus SUV Under Consideration http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/gales-lotus-suv-consideration/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/gales-lotus-suv-consideration/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1019394 Is it possible to apply Colin Chapman’s lightness philosophy to SUVs? Lotus believes it could, should the storied automaker enter the game. According to Reuters, Group Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales said that his company’s next model may indeed be an SUV. However, unlike Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley and other high-end luxury brands considering the same, […]

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Is it possible to apply Colin Chapman’s lightness philosophy to SUVs? Lotus believes it could, should the storied automaker enter the game. According to Reuters, Group Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales said that his company’s next model may indeed be an SUV. However, unlike Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley and other high-end luxury brands considering the same, […]

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Geneva 2015: Lotus Evora 400 Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-lotus-evora-400-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-lotus-evora-400-arrives/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:44:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1013034 Coming this fall to the U.S., the Lotus Evora 400 made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The Evora 400 gets its name from the horsepower generated by its supercharged 3.5-liter V6, which also throws down 302 lb-ft of torque out of the back through a six-speed manual or auto. The figures […]

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Coming this fall to the U.S., the Lotus Evora 400 made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The Evora 400 gets its name from the horsepower generated by its supercharged 3.5-liter V6, which also throws down 302 lb-ft of torque out of the back through a six-speed manual or auto. The figures […]

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Capsule Review: 2013 Lotus Evora S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/capsule-review-2013-lotus-evora-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/capsule-review-2013-lotus-evora-s/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:30:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=916658 Back in 2013, Jack Baruth conducted a road test of the Lotus Evora IPS (that’s Lotus speak for automatic), comparing it to the standard bearer of 2+2 sports cars, the Porsche 911. Much to the consternation of the Porsche PR department, Baruth’s verdict was in favor of the Evora: Even with a less-than-perfect automatic, the […]

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Back in 2013, Jack Baruth conducted a road test of the Lotus Evora IPS (that’s Lotus speak for automatic), comparing it to the standard bearer of 2+2 sports cars, the Porsche 911. Much to the consternation of the Porsche PR department, Baruth’s verdict was in favor of the Evora: Even with a less-than-perfect automatic, the […]

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Elon Musk Buys 007 Submarine, Will Attempt To Make It Functional http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/elon-musk-buys-007-submarine-will-attempt-to-make-it-functional/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/elon-musk-buys-007-submarine-will-attempt-to-make-it-functional/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:42:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=626753 Elon Musk, the real-life Tony Stark of our times, has quite the extensive résumé: Founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors; billionaire investor of projects and businesses such as SolarCity and the preservation of Nikola Tesla’s lab; inventor of the Hyperloop rapid mass transit concept; 007 cosplayer… Yes, you read that right: Musk is a […]

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Elon Musk, the real-life Tony Stark of our times, has quite the extensive résumé: Founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors; billionaire investor of projects and businesses such as SolarCity and the preservation of Nikola Tesla’s lab; inventor of the Hyperloop rapid mass transit concept; 007 cosplayer… Yes, you read that right: Musk is a […]

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Exotic Cars: Buy, Or By The Hour? Today: Lotus Elise. A Future Writer Story http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/exotic-cars-buy-or-by-the-hour-today-lotus-elise-a-future-writer-story/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/exotic-cars-buy-or-by-the-hour-today-lotus-elise-a-future-writer-story/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:55:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477034 Remember TTAC’s Future Writers Week? You chose the writers. The writers wrote. The stories are in (well, most of them …). Here is the first one. Do you like it? Tell us. The stories will be published in the sequence in which they arrived in TTAC’s mailbox. I thought I was hard-core. People who complain about the […]

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Remember TTAC’s Future Writers Week? You chose the writers. The writers wrote. The stories are in (well, most of them …). Here is the first one. Do you like it? Tell us. The stories will be published in the sequence in which they arrived in TTAC’s mailbox. I thought I was hard-core. People who complain about the […]

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Review: 2009 Lotus Elise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/review-2009-lotus-elise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/review-2009-lotus-elise/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2009 10:28:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=318410

They say that “Less is more”, whoever they are. The Lotus Elise would seem to be a reasonable proof of that statement. Most of the Elises sold in the United Kingdom are 134-horsepower models powered by the same Toyota engine which, bolted to a base (in all senses of the word) Pontiac Vibe, permits America’s daytime strippers to make their late-morning commutes without mechanical incident. From what I’ve read, the base Elise is a stimulating, wonderfully balanced sporting car that permits man and machine to operate in perfect “B-road” harmony.

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They say that “Less is more”, whoever they are. The Lotus Elise would seem to be a reasonable proof of that statement. Most of the Elises sold in the United Kingdom are 134-horsepower models powered by the same Toyota engine which, bolted to a base (in all senses of the word) Pontiac Vibe, permits America’s daytime strippers to make their late-morning commutes without mechanical incident. From what I’ve read, the base Elise is a stimulating, wonderfully balanced sporting car that permits man and machine to operate in perfect “B-road” harmony.

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Lotus Elise S2 Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2002/03/lotus-elise-s2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2002/03/lotus-elise-s2/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2002 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335  Driving a go-kart is something of an acquired taste. You sit on a dinner tray, a few inches off the ground. You get a steering wheel, an engine, four tiny tyres, rudimentary suspension and… that's it. At speed, the forces of acceleration, de-acceleration and lateral G's are unfiltered, and vicious. Nannies have been jailed for shaking babies less violently. But if you love to drive, a go-kart unleashes a flood of adrenalin-crazed endorphins that makes it hurt so good. After haring around in a go-kart, driving a 'normal' car feels like, um, nothing.

I'm sorry, did I say go-kart? I meant to say 'Lotus Elise'. Read the above paragraph again, substituting the word 'Elise' for 'go-kart'. The differences between the two are both obvious and unimportant: size, doors, roof, gearbox and top end. The similarities are startling. Ride height low enough to scare a limbo dancer. A tiny engine with a narrow but brutally effective power band. Steering and suspension so direct you wonder where the machine ends and your nervous system begins. Put it all together, and you've got a road car that you can drive like a go-kart, using your entire body to aim the machine with zero-delay, laser-guided precision.

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 Driving a go-kart is something of an acquired taste. You sit on a dinner tray, a few inches off the ground. You get a steering wheel, an engine, four tiny tyres, rudimentary suspension and… that's it. At speed, the forces of acceleration, de-acceleration and lateral G's are unfiltered, and vicious. Nannies have been jailed for shaking babies less violently. But if you love to drive, a go-kart unleashes a flood of adrenalin-crazed endorphins that makes it hurt so good. After haring around in a go-kart, driving a 'normal' car feels like, um, nothing.

I'm sorry, did I say go-kart? I meant to say 'Lotus Elise'. Read the above paragraph again, substituting the word 'Elise' for 'go-kart'. The differences between the two are both obvious and unimportant: size, doors, roof, gearbox and top end. The similarities are startling. Ride height low enough to scare a limbo dancer. A tiny engine with a narrow but brutally effective power band. Steering and suspension so direct you wonder where the machine ends and your nervous system begins. Put it all together, and you've got a road car that you can drive like a go-kart, using your entire body to aim the machine with zero-delay, laser-guided precision.

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