Lotus of Portland - 9008 SW Canyon Rd. Portland - 503.258.5500Dichotomy: That is, two contradicatory sides to the whole. You may not be the life of the party, or even like parties, or even the word 'party'. But this 2009 Lotus Elise SC in Isotope Green sure the soiree is. It's loud, both in color and in the dealer-installed Stage Two exhaust. It's your ex-frat friend that sings Karaoke while standing on a table, when you're not even in a Karaoke bar.It has the Touring Pack, Sport Pack, Hard Top, Star Shield, limited slip diff, traction control, and not one single ounce of subtlety. You may be mild-mannered, respected by your neighbors, and pay your credit card balance every month. But in your garage will be this, your alter-ego. The Hulk to your Bruce Banner, the Mr. Hyde to your Dr. Jekyll, the Tyler Durden to your Narrator.It's cool. We won't tell.PAINT: Isotope GreenINTERIOR: Black LeatherMILEAGE: 3,351ENGINE: 1.8l Supercharged I4MPG: 20/26TRANSMISSION: 6-Speed ManualDRIVETRAIN: MRTITLE: CleanWARRANTY: Factory, until 4/14/2013STOCK NUMBER: PGT2097VIN NUMBER: SCCZC11109HL30763Lotus of Portland is Oregon's only official Lotus dealership and service center. We have one goal: Simply to be the best Lotus dealership in America.Focusing on the guiding principles of Lotus, we keep everything as uncomplicated as possible for the greatest in speed and performance. You will deal with only one person from start to finish and you will receive the best car buying experience of your life. Anything less is unacceptable.
This car has been available in Europe for a decade, while the U.S. had to wait until 2005 for the roadster to hit American shores. In the years since, little has changed for the Elise. A few variants have been made available, like the SC supercharged version, and new paint colors have been added to the two standard-issue choices.
There are two trim levels available in 2009: the base Elise and the supercharged Elise SC. The base car has a mid-mounted 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 189 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque. The SC supercharges that same engine, for 218 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.
Both editions of the car are rear-wheel drive, with a 6-speed manual transmission. And, while both cars have a top speed of 150 mph, the base model can do 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, while the SC reaches 60 from a standing start in 4.4 seconds. The rounded Lotus design and the Toyota engine add up to a fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway -- stellar for a car that goes this fast.
Standard features include tire pressure monitoring, stowage bag for the soft top, LED taillights, daytime running lights, independent suspension and cast-alloy wheels. The standard anti-lock braking system comes with Lotus/AP Racing and Brembo calipers, plus 4-wheel ventilated, cross-drilled disc brakes.
The interior of the Elise is spartan, which isn't unusual in a car built for speed. Air conditioning and push-button start are standard, as is a leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, aluminum gearshift knob and handbrake trim and 4-speaker CD stereo. When weight and space are at a premium, four speakers is all a car gets.
Options include a hard top, limited-slip differential and traction control. More options are available as part of packages. The Touring package upgrades the soft top's insulation and the stereo system and adds full carpet and full leather seats. The Sport pack upgrades the wheels to forged silver alloy and adds sport-tuned suspension, twin oil coolers, traction control, and sport seats. This package reduces the overall weight of the Elise, normally 1,984 lbs, by 20 lbs.