“Increasing speed by keeping it lightweight”
My first reaction to the 2008 Lotus Elise: it’s a street-legal go-kart. It’s got two seats, it’s small, and it’s fast. The non-supercharged version features a 189 horsepower four cylinder engine, and the Lotus Elise SC (the supercharged version) features a 218 horsepower engine. Lotus continues their tradition of producing faster cars by losing weight, not by increasing power. The Lotus Elise weighs just 1984 lbs., and it has a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. The Elise SC weighs 2006 lbs., and it has a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. Both versions of the Elise do not have a “high torque” feel; in fact, peak horsepower is achieved right around the 8000 rpm mark for both models, and peak torque is achieved at 6800rpm for the Elise, and 5000rpm for the Elise SC. Pricing for the 2008 models starts at 46,270 for the Elise, and 54,500 for the Elise SC. I think that’s pretty cheap for a car sold at the Lamborghini dealership.