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Old 02-16-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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This is Lotus’s revised Elise, which promises a significant cut in CO2 emissions, improved fuel economy and styling more in line with that of its Evora stablemate.

The facelifted Elise has a wider stance thanks to its new front bumper, splitter and clamshell. It has a repositioned front light cluster featuring LED daytime running lights for the first time, and the Elise’s signature Lotus ‘mouth’ has been widened. At the rear, it gets a new bumper and engine cover.

These styling tweaks mean the Elise has received a four per cent reduction in drag, helping fuel economy and reducing emissions.

Emissions in the entry-level 1.6-litre S model have been cut by 13 per cent, to 155g/km. The 192bhp 1.8-litre R and the supercharged 217bhp SC now emit 196g/km and 199g/km of CO2 respectively.

Engine efficiency and performance have been optimised in the 1.6 model through Valvematic and Dual VVT-i tech. A new six-speed, close-ratio gearbox has also been introduced; it’s fitted to all variants.

Other additions to the options list include two types of lightweight forged alloy wheels, and cruise control.
Prices will be revealed next month ahead of the car arriving in UK showrooms from April, but they’re unlikely to start much above the £26,550 of the current S.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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What's the difference?
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:43 AM   #3
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The car already looks like a throw-back to the '90s. Time to hire a new design team.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:44 AM   #4
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Looks like a Mazda (seriously)

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Old 02-16-2010, 10:44 AM   #5
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looks softer, hood vents are smaller and/or moved toward teh firewall. new headlights, maybe a different engine cover.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:34 AM   #6
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looks like a step backwards
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:36 AM   #7
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looks good, but so did the previous model.

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Old 02-16-2010, 11:58 AM   #8
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I'm not a fan of the butt. I wish they had given it a buttlift instead of a facelift.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:00 PM   #9
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I think they did /\

Did it have those diffusers before?

Kind of looks like the earlier ones now.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:33 PM   #10
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That's not a face lift...
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:44 PM   #11
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:51 PM   #12
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I like the old front better (mines the reflectors on the wheel arch). The mouth looks too catfish like to me now.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:01 PM   #13
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I'll take one pre-facelift. The Elise S2 has always been one of my favorite cars in the looks dept, would be hard for them to top IMO.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:18 PM   #14
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:33 PM   #15
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I like the old front and the new rear
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:38 PM   #16
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old > new in this instance.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:01 PM   #17
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old > new in this instance.
+1 o that, I'm happy with the old style. I think the rear diffuser/exhaust setup is much more aggressive and fitting. The article doesn't clarify, wonder if the new setup actually has bumpers?
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:10 PM   #18
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Yea I think the old looks way better and more aggressive...
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I see how they tried to make it look more like an Evora, but it just doesn't work. It's lost a bit of masculinity in my opinion.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:51 PM   #20
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I prefer old front and rear too. Good news though, this might devalue the old ones. Used Elise or Exige at bargain prices sounds good to me.
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I like the old front and the new rear
I'm of the opposite opinion. Like the new, cleaner front with the old rear.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:58 PM   #23
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I would be happy with either one
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dont like the look of it, but lower drag coeff. I'm all for it.
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