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2008 Lotus Elise SC - First Look

May 31, 2008
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In recent years, the term sports car has become diluted from over use. Everything from four-door sedans to visually warmed over econo-boxes have been given the title. Luckily for enthusiasts everywhere, Lotus is still building products that deserve the term sports car. The new Elise SC is basically the definition of the term. Lightweight, the perfect amount of power, responsive and focused. Essentially a supercharged Elise, the SC isn't so much about the extra peak power as it is expanding the powerband. The car never feels like you're in the wrong gear. New wheels, seats and interior trim round out the upgrades. Look for a full driving review in the September 08 issue of european car magazine.

2008 Lotus Elise SC

Layout
Transverse mid-engine, rear drive

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Engine
1.8 liter inline 4, DOHC 16valve with roots type supercharger

Transmission
6 speed manual

Suspension
Unequal length wishbones with gas damping, coil springs and Anti-sway bars

Brakes
Power vacuum assist, Brembo calipers over drilled and vented steel rotors

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Dimensions
Length/Width/Height(in.): 149/67.7/44
Weight: 2006lb

Tires and Wheels
Front: 175/50 16x6
Rear: 225/45 17x8

Performance
Peak power: 218 hp @ 8000RPM
Peak torque: 156 lbft @ 5000RPM
0-60mph: 4.4 sec manu. claim
Top Speed: 150mph (limited)

Price
$54,500

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