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Well, they're finally here.

Here's a few pics of the Elise in bordeaux red pearl.

I love the irony in the first pic.



Here's the lucky guy that took delivery of the 1st car in Philly. He's been waiting for 5.5 years.





Yep, the car isn't tall.



Color changes in different light.



Includes an emergency trunk release in case a contortionist gets locked inside.



Driver and passenger will rub shoulders.



Has the smallest production steering wheel w/ airbag.





 

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i love the underbody tray. but it wouldn't be my 1st choice in color.

i'm envious!
 

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Holicow said:
Nice.

Any news on the arrival of yours?
Not a word. Lotus has said that they plan to get all cars that have been ordered (40 dealers x 30 orders = 1,200 total) built by the end of Q1 '05. I'm somewhere between #25 - #30, so it could be December or as late as March. I'll know more once we get a build date for my car. They are batching the cars based on color, so that could speed things up, or slow them down.

My dealer just got his demo and first customer car while the dealers on the west coast are still waiting for their demos.

I ordered the bordeaux red pearl with biscuit (tan) seats. I passed on the hard top, it looks great, but takes 20-30 minutes to install/remove and doesn't fit in the trunk. I also passed on the sport suspension. It's for track use only and it's so hard that you could lacerate a kidney.

So, the wait continues...
 

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I also passed on the sport suspension. It's for track use only and it's so hard that you could lacerate a kidney.
Great....did you try to get power seats, power top, and maybe an automatic with extra cup holders? :lol:

J/K

I've heard the Elise with the "standard" suspension wouldn't cut it as a daily driver, the thing is all about the drive. You need to be a true enthusiast to get one of these! :thumbup:
 

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Boris said:
I see that it uses Agip oil. Will Agip be imported by Lotus Dealers? Good quality oil.
Good question, don't know for sure. Lotus has a pretty strict break in period. After 1,000 to 1,500 miles they require you to bring the car in for service. They pay for the labor, you have to pay for oil and filter. They'll hook the car up to the computer and if you haven't followed the break in schedule, they'll know from the ECU download and it might void parts of your warranty.


 

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I also passed on the sport suspension. It's for track use only and it's so hard that you could lacerate a kidney.
Great....did you try to get power seats, power top, and maybe an automatic with extra cup holders? :lol:

J/K

I've heard the Elise with the "standard" suspension wouldn't cut it as a daily driver, the thing is all about the drive. You need to be a true enthusiast to get one of these! :thumbup:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

MSNBC had a feature with their car expert and the Elise was one of three cars he talked about. When he mentioned no cup holders, the female anchor almost went nuts. She must have mentioned the lack of cup holders about 4 or 5 times during the 2 minute segment.

Mine will be my daily driver. My fiancee will drive the B5 (gotta teach her how to drive a manual tranny). I've driven two Elises with the standard set up and they're not too rough if you stay on better stretches of road.

The guy in the picture above told me that he's averaging one marriage proposal a day. The attention he's getting is crazy.

Lotus did get a two year exemption from the DOT on the headlights and lack of bumpers. Rumor is that due to the volume of Elises they'll import, Lotus won't be able to get an extention of the waiver, so the next generation of the Elise will be much heavier and not have the same feel.
 

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i wonder how their value will hold up? nothing like DOT limiting the # that can be legally imported.
 

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Bah. Its a Toyota engine. Agip oil would be spoiling it. Beat it to death with recycled oil and it'll still run like new for 300k miles. :lol:
 

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Bah. Its a Toyota engine. Agip oil would be spoiling it. Beat it to death with recycled oil and it'll still run like new for 300k miles. :lol:
True. A buddy of mine had a Toyota diesel truck (back in the late 80's) and he never changed the oil. The oil would get so low, when he added more, it was like an oil change.

Damn thing kept going and going and going and...

On the Elise, oil capacity will be around 8 quarts thanks to twin oil coolers. A polar opposite compared to the B5.

I will use synthetic oil after the break in period.
 

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Medrosje said:
i wonder how their value will hold up? nothing like DOT limiting the # that can be legally imported.
Actually, the DOT isn't limiting the # of Elises, Lotus is. They just don't have the capacity to bring more unless they add another shift to the line. They're building the federal Elise along side the world Elise and the Opel Speedster/Vauxhall VX220.

One of the reasons they were able to get the waiver was due to the limited number of Elises they're bringing over. Many think that they won't be able to get an extention because they're bringing too many over to justify. They routinely got extentions on the Esprit because they brought so few over.

Here's the latest issue of "Lotus ProActive." It's their engineering update on all of the projects they're doing in the auto industry.

http://www.cpdserver.com/elisetalk/docs/proactive-issue-3.pdf
 

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I am a little surprised at the picky break-in procedure, but it sure can't hurt anything to be careful, eh?

Dealers are getting demo's?!!? I just assumed that since it was so tight, there wouldn't be demo's available. Hmmm....might need to make a trip.
 

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Holicow said:
I am a little surprised at the picky break-in procedure, but it sure can't hurt anything to be careful, eh?

Dealers are getting demo's?!!? I just assumed that since it was so tight, there wouldn't be demo's available. Hmmm....might need to make a trip.
Yep, Lotus is making all dealers order a demo that must be a demo for a certain time frame before being sold (they'll have to replace it with a new demo).

I think Lotus has been burned in the past by dudes doing high rpm clutch drops and other stupid stuff and then wanting the damage to be covered under warranty.

There is a dealer in Charlotte. Carolina Motor Cars.
 

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Johnny B5.5 said:
Yep, Lotus is making all dealers order a demo that must be a demo for a certain time frame before being sold (they'll have to replace it with a new demo).
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Demo's should be subject to the same break-in, right :roll:

I wonder how that will go.
 
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