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A full assessment and first drive of the tiny, ultra-lightweight and exceptionally quick and agile mid-engine sports car from Lotus, now finally available in Canada.
Overall rating: 9.0 / 10
- Astonishing dynamics
- Quart of performance from pint pot of an engine
- Purest driving experience available in a road-legal car
At first blush, a 190 horsepower two-seat sports car which costs about twice that of another similarly-powered two-seat sports car, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, sounds like a dicey proposition.
If you feel that way, buy a Miata - you'll absolutely love it.
But if you don't want to see yourself coming down the street every time you take the long way to the milk store, if you truly value the most intense personal relationship with the pavement that you can get from a car which you can buy new from a dealership, and particularly if your idea of a great time on a weekend is to take your car to the race track for some real driving, then the Elise might just be your ride.The base price for an Elise is $58,550