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By Angus Fitton
31 July 2006 05:04
That's 60bhp less than a very, very fast car. Remember the 134bhp is being applied to an aluminium bonded tub and a kerb weight of only 860kg. This translates to 0-62mph in 6.1secs - that’s faster than the £39k Porsche Boxster S can manage so you needn't worry.
The 'S' borrows the damping from the more expensive car. The combination of Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers is superbly compliant over bumpy roads yet allows incredible body control on the track. The steering is spot on - not too nervous as to be tiring but perfectly weighted and very precise. Screw up a corner and you're the one at fault, not the car. Now bring in the new engine and the 'S' emerges as a very sweet little car. There's enough torque to drag the Elise up from next to no revs but hit 5000rpm and its benign character is dumped in favour of a howling exhaust note and sharp increase in acceleration until the 7000rpm redline. It’s an addictive zone to be in. The gearbox ratios have been selected to best exploit the new engine. You can trundle around in fifth (you hardly miss the lack of a sixth gear) or stick it in third and keep the engine buried towards the limiter. Regardless the engine never loses its manners and remains refined despite the abuse.
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Lotus Elise S (2006) CAR review
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