Have you ever fallen down a flight of stairs and thought, “Wow! Now I’m really awake!” If this resonates, then this 2007 Lotus Elise may have just the spice you are looking for. Built to be a car that impresses you every single day, this fiberglass-bodied Jack Russel Terrier will happily attack every single sweeper, corner, hairpin and squiggly bit of in-between that you throw at it. . That said, even if it starts to drizzle lightly, the mid-engine layout will keep everything under control with plenty of weight over the rear wheels and little understeer if you enter a corner with a liberal amount of pep.
With supercar looks, this brilliant little machine impresses all the way to the bank: 189 horsepower from a 1.8 Litre 1ZZ 4 cylinder plucked from a Toyota Rav-4 rockets you to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. An incredible data number, considering it comes with maintenance costs similar to a Starbucks Grande Americano. Throw in the close ratio C64 Toyota 6 speed manual, aluminum chassis, and a couple of snug fixed-back leather bucket seats, a sprint through a curvy bit of tarmac will give you the same pump as those 3 shots of espresso.
So pack your medium sized bag, pull that fabric roof off, and hit the Oregon Coast down Highway 101. The Elise will take you to the joyous land of neutral handling, a bulletproof drivetrain, peppy acceleration and seemingly endless amounts of mechanical grip. Every corner you successfully attack will have you wondering why you ever even bothered with that M3 you owned 3 years ago. Every perfect rev match downshift you pop off will have you kicking yourself for ever buying that 911. This 2007 Lotus Elise has the right amount of spice in all the right places. After all, life is boring when you order things mild.
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