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Anybody got any first-hand experience with one of these?
My friend Mike has one...he lives in Yorkville. His is rare as it's the only stock one of it's color in the US. He is a member at Autobahn and does the track thing down there with it a lot. It's a bad ass car...not real comfy though..lol. My brother (Aj Crowley) has been in Mike's Lotus.

You can PM me if you want his #...he loves to talk about his car..lol

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I'd be wanting something at least as comfortable as the 'vette. I can't afford a membership at Autobahn! (or may WON'T would be more accurate!)

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My friend Mike has one...he lives in Yorkville. His is rare as it's the only stock one of it's color in the US. He is a member at Autobahn and does the track thing down there with it a lot. It's a bad ass car...not real comfy though..lol. My brother (Aj Crowley) has been in Mike's Lotus.

You can PM me if you want his #...he loves to talk about his car..lol

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Got married and spent a day in a non-supercharged one. Great car, loved driving it, but I wouldn't want to own one unless it was for the track only, or I lived someplace with better roads. I can't imagine having to do a commute in the thing.

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I'd be wanting something at least as comfortable as the 'vette. I can't afford a membership at Autobahn! (or may WON'T would be more accurate!)
It's not comfortable. It's a pain in the arse to get in and out of and the suspension would be murder on a super bumpy road. It's like sitting in a go-kart.

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Funny boy, and you are looking for us to squash that idea? OK, it's snowing out. Wait a week.

Oh, you will not have the fit, finish or comfort of the Vette. It's a Lotus! Get with the program. That is a given. At least you won't have to Lucas electronics anymore.

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i saw one parking when i was in louisiana....very nice!!!!! it was kinda bad when i knew what it was a block away and my bf at the time had no clue lol
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It's not comfortable. It's a pain in the arse to get in and out of and the suspension would be murder on a super bumpy road. It's like sitting in a go-kart.
It's a blast on the country roads... Took me about 2 minutes to get into it with the top on, with the top off it's considerably easier... When my old man and I are in it at the same time our shoulders are touching.

Comparing it to a miata... Lets say if it was an R6, a Miata would be a ST1300 (I almost said Goldwing, but it's not THAT big of a difference)

oh.. and I havent driven the SC, just the normally aspirated model
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i have driven the n/a version. 180 hp never felt so good. at just under 6'4" it took carefull consideration to get in but once it it was comfy. for a nice weather car it is tough to beat. for a tack/street car it is impossible to beat. toyota motor and trans are reliable. tires, brakes and gas will last a long time.
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Another thing about the Lotus, besides the lack of comfort. I am 5'0...and I fit nice and comfy in it. It's THE perfect car for a woman. My buddy Mike is 6'4 almost 6'5...and his knees wrap around the steering wheel even with the seat all the way back. He also has to crouch or take the top off (of course not legal on the track) to comfortably fit.

This is his track car, but in the summer he does do some back road driving with the other Lotus guys. Mike tells us he is one of the 'poor' guys at Autobahn since all his buddies have a nice aray of Ferrari's. Lambo's, Porsche's etc. He does get a lot of respect on the track though...you get a lot of bang for your buck considering how relatively inexpensive a Lotus is for an exotic.

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i have driven the n/a version. 180 hp never felt so good. at just under 6'4" it took carefull consideration to get in but once it it was comfy. for a nice weather car it is tough to beat. for a tack/street car it is impossible to beat. toyota motor and trans are reliable. tires, brakes and gas will last a long time.
A N/A version is on a very short list of cars for me to replace my current track car. I have driven a N/A version on the road and track and a turbo version on the track. If you want a road car get the Z06, if you want a track car get the Elise. What dawgs said is so true, it is so easy to blow through $1500 in tires, race fuel and brake pads in a weekend if you are really pushing it. Besides the fact I think the Elise is a better track car, if you factor in operating costs its a clear choice to me.
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Another thing about the Lotus, besides the lack of comfort. I am 5'0...and I fit nice and comfy in it. It's THE perfect car for a woman. My buddy Mike is 6'4 almost 6'5...and his knees wrap around the steering wheel even with the seat all the way back. He also has to crouch or take the top off (of course not legal on the track) to comfortably fit.

This is his track car, but in the summer he does do some back road driving with the other Lotus guys. Mike tells us he is one of the 'poor' guys at Autobahn since all his buddies have a nice aray of Ferrari's. Lambo's, Porsche's etc. He does get a lot of respect on the track though...you get a lot of bang for your buck considering how relatively inexpensive a Lotus is for an exotic.

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Hmmm,
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Elise SC with touring $57,795
Zo6 with $1,670 Nav $71,897 with an invoice of $66,094.

Almost apples and oranges, but you can daily drive the Vette.

hmmm...

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Well, stop introducing me into these crazy hobbies that I end up loving! Cars, bikes... You are making me poor and ruining my Jewish Princess image.

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