Lotus Elise

The Elise is Lotus’ very attractive sports car. The Elise is quality built and handles extremely well. Seats are low to the floor and the focus is mainly on providing a good driving experience.

The newer version of the Lotus Elise focuses on some of the extras such as trim, carpet and a good audio system. The drive experience is still the primary focus, but the extras add a little something more to an already great car.

The car’s mechanics are much the same except for a few minor tweaks here and there. The car’s exterior design has also been enhanced and the car’s wheels have been changed.

The car requires some care while accessing or egressing the cabin. It requires quite a climb but is made easier with the top down. Limited access will definitely limit some passengers from enjoying all that the Elise has to offer.

The Elise is a fast lightweight sports car that can definitely hold its own on and off of the racetrack. The car handles remarkably well and delivers a terrific driving experience. The car can reach 0-60mph in five seconds.

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Practicality

The Elise is an expensive purchase and fuel and running costs are likely to be high as well. Insurance will be high too and good coverage will be necessary if taking onto the track.

The Elise is not big on space. Passengers have ample room to ride but that is about it. The car was not designed to be a cargo carrier or people carrier. It was designed for speed and delivering a good driving experience.

The car’s controls and dials are functional and sturdy. They appear to be of a good quality and feel. The cabin looks the part of a sports car and delivers an excellent and sporty atmosphere.

The Elise delivers a decent amount of comfort. This isn’t a luxury car by any means, but the seats are supportive and comfortable for the most part.

Accessibility is one area where the Elise scores low, very low. Passengers must climb down into the seats and then limited cabin space means twisting and turning to fit into the seats. Once in though, the seats are comfortable. Egressing requires the same amount of effort only backwards.

Parking can be difficult mostly due to the low seating position. The low drive position limits visibility and can make parking a little difficult. It is also difficult to judge the car’s extremities and care should be taken when parking.

Life Style

The Elise provides an excellent, fast, fun and exciting driving experience. The car looks great and handles well. The car is fast enough to take to the tracks and stylish and refined enough to cruise around town.

This isn’t a family car in any sense of the word. Children will not fit well in the car’s seats. Limited cabin and boot space make it unsuitable to perform any family duties. It could be used as a third car for a family just to have around for fun.

The Elise is definitely not a good first car. It is too expensive and would be impossible for a new driver to ensure. There is too much power on hand for a novice driver and parking can be tricky.

The Lotus Elise has a great image. It is quickly recognized by most as the ultimate driver’s car. The car is fast and beautiful. The fact that the car has endured for so long is testament to Lotus’ ability to keep it fresh and modern.

Security and Safety

The car’s standard security features include power door locks, keyless entry, wheel locks, and an alarm and engine immobilizer. The Elise is a very desirable car and requires a comprehensive security system.

Lotus has not overlooked safety. The car comes equipped with driver and passenger airbags, three-point seat belts, pre-tensioners and side guard door beams as standard. The car sits fairly low to the ground and may be difficult for other motorist to see.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio unit includes a Blaupunkt® AM/FM radio. The unit comes with four speakers and a CD player. The system produces good sound quality even with top-down motoring.

The car boasts dual reclining sport bucket seats. The seats are cloth with leather trim. The car comes with a removable soft top, an alloy gear shift, steering wheel and handbrake. The Elise has come a long way since its origin in terms of creature comforts, but it is still evident that the drive experience is the car’s number one goal.

Summary

The Lotus Elise is a two-door, two-passenger convertible sports car. The car delivers everything it was designed for. Driving enthusiasts won’t be disappointed, but for anyone who is thinking about buying an Elise for practical purposes this is not the car for you. Its limited capabilities make it an impractical car for load lugging or people carrying.

The Lamborghini Gallardo

The Lamborghini Gallardo boasts exceptional build quality and stunning good looks. Audi’s influence is evident in the Gallardo. The car delivers excellent performance and will have no problem getting the attention of driving enthusiasts.

The car’s switchgear has been borrowed from the Audi A4, and are of a better quality and more attractive than past Lamborghinis. The car delivers excellent passenger room, even though the car only seats two, even taller passengers shouldn’t have any problems getting comfortable.

The car comes with a high level of standard specification and boasts the firm’s E-gear system, a paddle-shift gear change system that is very impressive. Fuel economy will not be as impressive however due to the performance that the Gallardo delivers.

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The Gallardo sports a five-litre V10 and delivers 500bhp. The car delivers rapid acceleration and a fast top-speed. The car’s four-wheel drive and traction control systems help to deliver an amazing ride.

The car’s reliability and build quality have been much improved. The Gallardo will deliver a satisfying ride with more than enough power. Buyers will be saddened by the high cost of insurance and repairs, but the good news is that the car should retain a high resale value.

Practicality

The Gallardo is a very expensive car to purchase and run. Insurance rates and fuel expenses will be high as well. Repairs will be very expensive and buyers should know that purchasing and owning the Gallardo will be an expensive venture.

The Gallardo is only a two seater but provides excellent passenger space. Even taller passengers should find head and legroom adequate. The car provides enough storage space for a couple of small bags or packages.

The car’s controls and instrumentation are beautifully designed. They have been borrowed from the Audi4. This is a big improvement over the controls and dials that have traditionally been found in a Lamborghini.

The car’s seats are very comfortable and passenger space is very good creating a comfortable cabin area. The car’s electronic stability aids help to provide a smooth and decent ride especially impressive for a car that offers this much performance.

The car is easily accessible and provides large doors and wide apertures. The car is set low to the ground and some passengers may have difficulty accessing the car’s seats but most passengers should find access more than adequate.

Parking can be tricky due to the car’s low stance. Visibility is limited and drivers must use caution while reverse parking. The car’s rearview mirror and large side mirrors make parking much easier.

Life Style

The Lamborghini Gallardo provides a rewarding, fast, fun and exciting driving experience. The car looks great inside and out and handles well. The car’s exterior style is hard to beat and its sporty nature will get even the most enthusiastic driver’s blood pumping.

This isn’t a family car in any sense of the word. Children will not fit well in the car’s seats and may damage the car’s expensive interior. The lack of proper safety equipment makes it a bad idea to transport children in the Gallardo. Limited cabin space makes it unsuitable to perform any real family duties.

The Gallardo is not a good first car. It is too expensive and would be impossible for a new driver to insure. There is too much power on hand for a novice driver and parking can be tricky not to mention running costs and repairs are likely to remain high through the duration of ownership.

The Gallardo is a popular model and has a fantastic image; it’s fast and beautifully designed and loads of fun. The Gallardo boasts a better build quality and interior design than previous Lamborghinis. The car’s exceptional interior quality and the firm’s attention to fit and finish will help to boost the firm’s reputation.

Security and Safety

The car’s standard security features include a security alarm and an engine immobilizer. The Gallardo is an attractive performance car with a lot of kerb appeal. Buyers may want to purchase a visual deterrent as well.

The car comes standard with an excellent braking system, electronic stability aids, a four-wheel drive system and airbags.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s basic audio unit is of good quality and produces excellent sound quality.

The Lamborghini looks good in almost any colour scheme. The car’s exterior design looks very flattering in yellow and other bold, bright colours. Resale values should remain high due to the car’s waiting list and the popularity of the vehicle.

Summary

The Gallardo is a very fast and stylish sports car, it looks and plays the part both inside and out. The car will turn many heads and not only look quite impressive but deliver an impressive ride as well.

 

 

 

My Ultimate Motor Race

Get your driving gloves on, your best pair of sunglasses and maybe a leather jacket as we take a trip into the imagination for the greatest race of all time. This little race of mine involves 3 of the usual suspects, the Lamborghini Murcielago, the Ferrari F430 and the Maserati Granturismo. Let’s have a look at each cars vitals.

The Murcielago lambo-murcielago-08 The Murcielago we are using is the Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. This particular Lamborghini Murcielago features a V12 engine which can generate 670 PS (493 kW; 661 hp) at 8000 rpm. With that kind of power the Murcielago is capable of some pretty impressive speed. It can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, has a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph! This is some serious speed. Things are looking pretty positive for the Lambo, but there have been some complaints about the cars four wheel drive system which makes it quite hard to take the Murcielago to its limit.

The F430

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The F430 we are going to use is the F430 Challenge. It features a 4.3L V8 engine which delivers 515 PS (379 kW; 508 hp) at 8500 rpm. Now this isn’t as powerful as the Murcielago and that reflects in the F430s speed stats. The Ferrari F430 Challenge can do 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and offers a top speed of only 202 mpg. This is still lightning-quick, and many feel more confident pushing the F430 to the limit, which could be where the Murcielago could suffer, bearing in mind that this is not just a drag race and there will be corners.

The Granturismo

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Now for the Dark Horse, the proverbial tortoise in a race of hares, but can slow and steady win the rest. Well it’s not that slow or steady, so maybe. On paper the Maserati Granturismo is the worst of the three. It has a 4.7L 460 HP V8 engine that can push the Granturismo to a Top Speed of 188 mph which is considerably less than the Murcielago. But remember they will rarely be going at top speed as there aren’t many long straight on the track I have in mind, I’m thinking of something similar to the Nurburgring. So what do you think… Who will win!?

Used Ferrari Cars

When you tell someone that you are in the market to browse used cars, images start popping up of bangers and different coloured doors, people don’t tend to think of Ferrari cars. Ferrari is perhaps the most evocative name in the automotive world. Founded in Maranello, Italy, in 1927, the company moved into building street-legal cars in 1947. Since then, Ferrari has built some of the most desirable, rarefied and powerful road cars the world has ever seen, such as the 250 GTO, the 328, the F40, the F50, the F355 and the Daytona.

The Ferrari 458 Italia, launched in 2009, is the latest in a long line of V8 mid-engined Ferrari supercars which has included the F430 (2004-2009), the 360 (1999-2005), the F355 (1994-1999), the 348 (1989-2005), the 328 (1989-2994), the 308 (1975-1985) and the Dino (1968-1976). All of these cars are still highly prized on the second-hand car market, and offer the sort of performance and desirability you can only get from a car with a prancing horse on the bonnet.

ferrariThe Ferrari California (introduced in 2008) is the cheapest model in the Ferrari range. A two-seater grand tourer with a folding hard-top roof, the California is the first front-engined V8 car made by Ferrari and is a popular choice on the used market thanks to its badge, good looks and drop-top desirability.

Ferrari is also renowned for its front-engined V12 GT cars such as the F12 Berlinetta (introduced 2012), the 599 (2006-2012), the FF (introduced 2011), the 575M Maranello (2002-2006), the 550 (1996-2001) and the four-seater 612 Scaglietti. These cars are popular on the second-hand market as they offer a practical route into Ferrari ownership. They can also be very good used buys thanks to steep initial depreciation.

To get a great deal on your dream Ferrari, search used listings at CarSite.co.uk.

Electric Is The Future

It is a well-known fact that billions of litres of fuel are used up every day by the growing number of automobiles on the road all over the globe. One day this fuel is going to run out, and at the current rate of consumption it is likely that it will happen in many of our lifetimes.

For this reason an alternative must be found, and it looks as though electric vehicles will be the way forward in the future. They have come a long way over the past decade or so, but just how good are they compared to their petrol and diesel counterparts? Are they up to standards yet or is it wise to stick with a combustion engine for a few more years?

It is a difficult decision to make if you’re considering the purchase of one. To help you make an informed choice, here are our top five advantages to an electric motor in your car.

 

No Emissions

The level of CO2 emitted by a vehicle determines the amount of road tax you pay. For an average sized vehicle such as a Toyota Corolla, this could amount to several hundred pounds every year. All-electric cars have zero emissions and therefore pay no road tax. This also means they are better for the environment.
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Quieter

Some combustion engines can be very loud, especially when revved high. Electric motors run far more quietly which makes for a much more relaxing ride.

 

Overnight Charging

There is no need to worry about having no fuel in the tank and desperately trying to remember where the nearest petrol station is. With an electric vehicle you simply put it on charge overnight and you’re good to go in the morning.

 

Cheaper To Run

Obviously, what most people will consider as the greatest benefit, is the cost of running an electric motor compared to a combustion engine. Even for low mileage drivers, savings of thousands of pounds can be made on fuel every year. When you consider all the other expenses associated with driving, such as road tax, insurance, MOT and servicing, it is important to cut running costs.
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More Reliable

The concept of an electric motor is actually a lot simpler than that of a combustion engine, so consequently a lot less can go wrong. Petrol and diesel powered engines require more maintenance as well as fluids etc.

To Lease Or Not To Lease

Leasing is becoming an ever more popular method of paying for a new vehicle. Every year more motorists in the UK are opting to pay monthly rather than buy a car outright.

For many people currently, with the UK economy in a state of recession, the most important consideration when in need of a new vehicle will be the financial side of things, now more than ever people are more keen than ever to put in time and actually research cars for sale. Everyone is looking to save money where possible, and driving is an important aspect of life but one which comes with many expenses – road tax, insurance, MOT and servicing to name a few.

So why and how does leasing make a vehicle a more financially viable option? To help you make the decision which is right for you, here are our top five advantages to leasing rather than buying.

 

Pay Less, Save More

To buy a new car outright costs a lot of money, even for small vehicles. This can be tough to save up for to pay in one lump sum, so paying monthly represents a much more viable option to many people. Monthly repayments on average are up to 55% less on cars leased than cars bought.

 

More Choice

If you have some money saved up, for example £10,000, the best new vehicle you’d be able to get would be a small family car. A BMW, Mercedes or other premium model would be well out of your price range. Choose to lease however, and these cars can become fairly affordable through monthly repayments.

 

Less Expenses

Most leases will be covered by a manufacturer warranty for their lifetime, while road tax and maintenance costs are also included in the price. Should you need a new car part, you won’t have to shell out thousands of pounds.
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Costs Remain The Same

There is no need to worry about repayments rising with a lease deal. If you buy a brand new Volkswagen Golf and have a collision, even if it is not your fault, your insurance will probably rise year on year. This won’t happen with a lease model.

 

No Depreciation

As soon as you drive out of the showroom with a new vehicle, it is no longer new and instantly loses a significant proportion of its value. With a lease deal you don’t need to worry about this and you can have a new vehicle every two to four years.