[YesAuto Evaluation] How many steps does it take to start a Lotus Elise? First of all, it has the same key door as a normal car. After turning the key forward to the end, the engine will not ignite. At this time, you have to press the unlock button in the middle of the key, and the red indicator on the dashboard will light up. Keep this movement down, and then press and hold the “Engine Start” button on the left side of the center console with your left hand. A short roar came from behind, and the engine started successfully! This process is difficult for ordinary people to figure out, and this is not the only special feature of it.

I still remember the Lotus Exige (click to view) that I had tested at the end of last year. Its track performance comparable to supercars left a deep impression on people. The power of the Elise 1.8T SC this time is not so aggressive, and the positioning focuses on daily driving. Of course, this is only relative to the Exige. In fact, it is still an exaggerated street chariot in all aspects.

Lotus's superb lightweight concept once again surprised us on Elise. Compared with ordinary family cars, its size is very small. The height of the whole car is only 1117 mm. When sitting in the car and looking from both sides, you can usually only see the tires or door panels of the nearby vehicle, as if a small submarine is submerged in the vastness. In traffic.

However, no one will ignore its existence, the public appearance lines and high-pitched exhaust sound create a vicious aura. Maybe in the eyes of others, Lotus is no different from Ferrari or Porsche, but not many people seem to know it.

When someone asks me what kind of car it is, I always think of “Lotus” first. After all, the name is more well-known, but I am afraid that they will think of another completely different domestic car brand, so for the sake of rigor. , I am still willing to name the official name “Lutes”, as you can imagine, they are still at a loss.

The interior of the Elise car is exactly the same as the Exige. There is no added comfortable configuration suitable for road driving. The space is narrow. There are unmodified aluminum alloy frames everywhere, and the seats are hard, like sitting in a high-end fitness machine.

Driving this car does exercise. The steering wheel is not assisted, and its diameter is too small. It is particularly difficult to turn at low speeds. The brakes and clutch pedals are damped stiffly. Each operation requires a large area of muscles on the body. This design not only simplifies the mechanical structure and reduces weight, but also delivers the most direct driving experience.

Power comes from a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder supercharged engine jointly developed by Toyota and YAMAHA. It is made of aluminum and adopts VVTL-i variable valve timing technology, which is a more advanced technology than ordinary VVT-i. Comes with variable lift. The maximum power is 222 horsepower, the maximum torque is not high, only 210 Nm, and it is matched with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The entire power system is a typical Japanese high-speed and high-power style.

The 222-horsepower drive car body with a curb weight of 0.87 tons, averages 255 horsepower per ton, and the official 0-100km/h acceleration time is 4.6 seconds. These data are heart-pounding. However, it is not as irritable as expected. Below 3000rpm, there is no sign of power burst, and it can even be described as gentle.

Walking on urban roads, you can put 6 gears early just after 60km/h to relax your body and mind. Unexpectedly, this set of Bilstein suspension handles road bumps and is obviously much more merciful than the Olines “grinding shock absorbers” equipped on Exige. My colleague can actually fall asleep in the co-pilot position!

This kind of ease is really unbearable, it's time for some passion. Try to change the gear from 6th to 2nd, raise the clutch violently, and kick the accelerator to the end at the same time! You can feel a violent collision between the gears, the speed reached more than 4000 rpm, and then the power burst, and this small sports car weighing less than one ton was madly ejected.

The naked mechanical sense makes the physical body's sensory stimulation more intense. There is no need to stare at the pointer. There is a shift reminder on the tachometer. When the three red lights are on, you can change gears decisively. This 6-speed gearbox has clear gears, but there is no sense of inhalation at all. In fact, you don't need to pay attention to the feel of it, just use brute force to insert it. You will never be merciful to this car. It is very suitable for brutal driving.

The response of the chassis is primitive and precise. When driving intensely, the driver must exert greater strength to hold the steering wheel. The light weight did not make the rear of the car show any impetuous tendencies. The tire grip is extremely strong. Even if it constantly pushes the limit, it only shows a weak push head. Its trajectory is stable like a four-wheel drive, but it loses control but comes without warning. , It seems that wanting to completely conquer this car is not easy at all.

Next, let us take a look at Lotus Elise's various test results.

◆ Acceleration time:

The torque of this high-speed engine is average, and the starting speed is higher than other high-horsepower sports cars, but it should not be too reckless, otherwise the wheels will slip excessively. The mastery of the heat is very skillful, and sometimes it depends on a little luck. Unfortunately, limited by objective conditions, we didn't have time to experience it slowly, and our luck was a little bit worse. In the end, we got 5.2 seconds, which is still far from the official 4.6 seconds.

◆ Braking results:

The area of the brake pedal is too small, and the rebound force is too large. Every time you brake, you must concentrate your whole body strength, so that it hurts when you step on the soles of your feet. The 40.39m score is barely a pass for a high-performance sports car. If the brake boost can be greater, the braking distance should be shorter.

◆ Noise perception:

What's interesting is that this 1.8L four-cylinder engine can also make noise similar to that of an 8-cylinder engine. This has become Elise's eye-catching capital. As long as the two-foot accelerator is stepped on in neutral, everyone's eyes will be heard immediately. During cruising, the engine emits a sultry low roar, which makes you want to abuse the throttle. Obviously, the stereo has become a decoration.

◆ Fuel consumption test:

Usually we do not test the fuel consumption of sports cars, and people who buy sports cars do not pay attention to the fuel consumption indicator. Lotus became the first exception because everyone wanted to know whether the big horse-drawn car really saves fuel. So we drove it for 96.8 kilometers, 70% of which were loops, and the rest were less congested urban roads, including several full throttle accelerations. The total gasoline consumption was 9.64 liters, and the average fuel consumption was 9.96 liters/100 kilometers. economic! I am afraid that there is no second vehicle in the same performance level that can achieve such fuel efficiency. Obviously, this is only an additional effect brought about by its lightweight design, and it may not have any practical significance. Readers, please use this test as entertainment.

Summary:

Lotus Elise is different. Compared with other high-performance sports cars, it resembles a DIY entry car made by a technical nerd in his own backyard. It lacks the meticulous craftsmanship of the details, but it embodies the maverick in mind everywhere. Driving this car requires not only sufficient energy, but also a wealth of experience.

Maybe you think Elise's character is a bit stubborn, and the lightweight design makes it unfavorable for daily driving, but this is the essence of Lotus. It always pursues the purest driving pleasure in the world and does not care about other people's opinions. In today's era when all major supercar brands are compromising on comfort, the persistence of this car is particularly valuable.

In terms of performance and price, Lotus’s competitors on the market include Porsche Boxter, Cayman and BMW 1 Series M, but I think it has no real competitors: consumers loyal to Lotus will never consider it. Other brands, consumers who consider other brands must also dismiss Lotus. They are not in the same realm.

At this point, the discussion of price seems to have become superfluous. We can't measure it with universal values. Subjective emotion will occupy a large proportion. There is no doubt that it belongs to only a few people.