||Storm Titanium met.
nice condition inside and out, 2 owner car originally from CA, appears
to never have been in the rain, very well optioned and a great color
combo! Just inspected and service by a Lotus dealer, all recalls
performed, ready to drive and enjoy! A 2-owner original paint
like new inside and out. They don't come
||2 keys - 2 remotes
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(VIN: SCCPC11125HL32967), storm titanium / black leather int., 14,540 original miles, 6-spd. manual trans., built 03/2005,
in-service date of 05/09/2005, sold new at Lotus of Newport Beach to a client in SanDiego, CA, mid-engine 1.8L 16V inline
4 cyl. 2ZZ-GE engine, 82mm bore x 85mm stroke, 11.5:1 compression ratio, double overhead cam, camshaft timing drive
chain, VVTL-i variable valve timing / camshaft lift, multi-point fuel
injection, engine oil cooler, 190 hp. @ 7,800 rpm., 138 ft-lb.
torque @ 6,800 rpm., 4.53 axle ratio, utilizing an
ultra-lightweight aluminum space-frame chassis extrusions bonded
rather than welded, Lotus engineers have created a compact, mid-engine platform that's as light (150 lb.) as it is rigid, zinc
coated backbone chassis, Kevlar reinforced passenger safety cell, 3-point retractable seat belts, driver and passenger airbags,
independent double wishbone front suspension with co-axial coil spring/telescopic damper unit & stabilizer bar, independent
wishbone rear suspension with upper and lower transverse links, box section trailing radius arms, co-axial coil springs and
telescopic damper, Bilstein shocks front & rear, rack and pinion
steering, two-piece cross drilled rotors with AP Racing / Brembo
calipers, electronic brakeforce distribution, 4-wheel ABS, full analog gauges with digital odometer, delayed interior courtesy
lighting, cold R134-A air conditioning.
Options: metallic ext paint ($590.00), hard top ($1,475.00), Sport package ($2,480.00) - (Yokohama A048 tires, lighter weight
forged wheels, stiffer suspension, twin oil coolers), Touring package
($1,350.00) - (leather interior, power windows / door locks,
sound deadening, upgraded Blaupunkt radio & speakers, insulated soft top), Starshield ($995.00), HID xenon headlights, hand-
sewn lightweight leather sport seats with aggressive lumbar support, Push button start, chrome rear bumper "Lotus" lettering,
aluminium gas cap cover, Blaupunkt Acapulco MP54 AM / FM / CD / MP3 radio, MOMO sport steering wheel, black "Lotus"
embroiderd floormats, low tire pressure warning sensors, manual exterior mirrors, keyless entry with factory alarm and engine
immobilizer (2 keys & 2 remotes), billet aluminium shift knob and
gauge surround, alloy interior trim, dual chrome exhaust tips,
fabric removable roof panel, lightweight 5 lug forged aluminium rims with colored crest caps.
Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires (195/50-16f & 225/45/17r) with Tread Depth Measurements: DF: 9/32, PF: 9/32, DR:
10/32, PR: 10/32 (10/32 is new tire tread depth), never smoked in, 2 owners from new - 2nd local owner since 05/2014 with
5,325 miles, EPA fuel economy 23 city / 27 highway, 10.6 gallon fuel capacity, external dimensions: overall length: 149 in.,
overall width: 67.7in., overall height: 45in., wheelbase: 90.6in., front track:
57.4in., rear track: 59.2in., 1,975 pound curb weight,
all factory recommended A & B services complete and all recalls, books, manuals, window sticker and toolkit, clean AutoCheck
report, an ultra-rare affordable exotic with fantastic performance and timeless styling, new MSRP of $50,750.00.
2005 Lotus Elise - The Brits promise your road racer is finally on its way.
Road & Track, Dec. 2003 by Ray Hutton
We seem to have been promising a fully certified, street-legal Lotus
Elise for years. That's because Lotus for years has been saying it's
coming to the U.S.—since 1997, in fact. Well, now at last it is ready.
The first federalized Elises should arrive in May.
The good news is that it is a better car than the spartan original. It
has 60 percent more power but is only 14 percent heavier than the
existing European model. It has the airbags, the anti-lock brakes, and
the air conditioning that the car has lacked until now. Perhaps not so
good is its sticker of $39,000. It's a fair price for the nearest thing
to a modern race car you can drive on the road but will discourage
those who see it as a sexy little boulevard cruiser.
That's probably just as well because the Lotus Elise, as a closely
focused driver's car, makes few compromises on behalf of the well-being
of a passenger. You sit on a thinly padded seat in an aluminum tub (the
Elise chassis is made from aluminum extrusions bonded together). There
is hardly enough room for two, so the driver's seat is adjustable but
the passenger's is fixed—and the cockpit space on the right-hand side
is just two-thirds of that provided for the driver.
Elise enthusiasts—there are at least 60 owners of race-spec cars in the
U.S. as of this writing—will accept that what it lacks in comfort is
compensated for by the performance and handling. Lotus claims the
federalized Elise will do 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and run to 141
mph; prototypes ran to nearly 150 mph. Not much this side of an exotic
supercar will keep up with it on a racetrack.
The Elise was designed around the 1.8-liter Rover K-series engine found
in the mid-engined MGF sports car, a good choice in 1996 but now
getting on in years. Rover has never certified that engine for the
U.S., and Lotus judged that a federal emissions program would be too
expensive to undertake alone. It looked around for suitable
alternatives, engines that were already in use in the U.S. Roger
Becker, a veteran development engineer who started at Lotus under Colin
Chapman, the company's founder, has been leading the U.S.-certification
project. He picked up an old relationship with Toyota (which for three
years in the 1980s owned 21 percent of Lotus) and secured a deal to use
the 1.8-liter VVTL-i (variable valve timing and lift) engine from the
Celica GT-S and its accompanying C64 six-speed gearbox.
Although the internals of the engine are standard Toyota (in fact made
by Yamaha), Lotus fits different intake and exhaust systems and,
significantly, has devised its own engine control electronics. The
result is 190 horsepower (10 up on the Celica) at 7800 rpm and 133
pound-feet of torque at 6800 rpm.
We have our reservations about this engine and transmission in
the Celica as it is difficult to keep the engine on the high-rpm cams
as you accelerate through the gears. The performance is more accessible
in the lightweight (2000 pound) Elise, due in part to Lotus's
improvements to the electronics and gearshift. And for those accustomed
to the Rover-engined Elise, the Toyota-powered car is noticeably
quicker even before the cam phase change at 6200 rpm. Besides which, it
sounds terrific, whereas the old K-series and its five-speed gearbox
had a rough and rattly edge.
Installation of the Toyota engine required a new subframe and
modifications to the rear of the aluminum chassis. The
suspension—double control arms front and rear—needed only minor changes
in spring and damping rates to cope with 154 additional pounds of
weight. Becker and his associates were determined to maintain the
Elise's pure responses and wonderfully balanced handling while making
subtle changes to the dampers and bushings to cope with the worst of
America's highways. U.S.-bound Elises will use a unique Yokohama tire.
Although its cousin, the Opel Speedster that Lotus makes in Europe for
General Motors, has anti-lock brakes, Lotus has traditionally regarded
both ABS and a brake booster as unnecessary frills for the Elise. But
its engineers accept that pedal assistance is needed when vehicle
weight rises above 1800 pounds, and that ABS is becoming a standard
safety feature of most performance cars. Therefore, the challenge was
to provide this latest Elise with ABS that would not intervene during
intentional hard braking until the limit of front-tire grip. For the
same reason, there is no electronic traction control nor is any
planned. The steering does not have, or need, power assistance,
although Lotus accepts that some customers may expect it.
Externally, there are few changes from the Elise that was launched in
2000. Identifiers include the twin tailpipes and the slightly raised
grille on the front hood to clear the new brake booster. Inside,
though, the car has had an upgrade with a new and more shapely
instrument panel, injection molded rather than vacuum formed, which
accommodates the passenger airbag. The radio is now at its center, and
most of the ugly screw heads that were peppered around the earlier
cockpit have been concealed. The convertible top is from the '00 car:
easier to erect than the original but still a fairly primitive affair.
We drove a prototype U.S. Elise on the test track and on country roads
around the Lotus factory in Norfolk, England. As we first wrote of a
similar exercise with the original Elise, it's a hoot. For pure
sports-car thrills, it's in the top five most-entertaining cars
available. The same comments apply to the federalized Elise, which,
although it is 450 pounds heavier than the original, is faster and
better equipped but still has nearly perfect balance. It is the best
Elise yet, and for Americans wanting a race car for the road, it's
worth the six-year wait. Lotus Cars USA, which has been subsisting on
the sale of a handful of Esprits a year, hopes to expand its annual
sales to 2500.
Picks: This Elise
is in exceptionally nice condition inside and out and reflects the very low mileage, the
paint & body are excellent with no real flaws to mention, the interior leather and carpeting show like new,
as do the seats and glass. There are no cracks in the dash, the engine compartment is highly detailed to
like new standards and the rims are unmarked. It has obviously been very well maintained as well as
garage kept since new. The front tires have deep tread the rears are brand new in 03/2017. All recalls
have been performed and the service is up to date. If I had to nitpick something I honestly would be hard
pressed - I suppose fixing the one broken keyless remote would be it. Other than that the car is like new
inside and out. Nothing else to reasonably fault, the full set of photos shows the condition, so please
request and review them.
Numerical Condition Evaluation:
denotes Very Poor / Item needs replacement, 10 denotes Excellent /
/ GLASS: 9.5
RECORDS / OWNERSHIP HISTORY: 8.5
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