Tuesday March 21, 2006

Grande Tuesday

[1] The Lotus Elise costs around $40,000, which is amazingly cheap for a supercar. It also has a 1.8 liter, 4-cylinder engine, which, though, cranks out 190 horses. It also weighs 1975 lbs (compared to 3285 lbs for a Camry), so those 190 horses make it haul.

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  1. Rick    Tue Mar 21, 10:23 PM #  

    The Lambo has close to 500 horses and goes 0-60 in 3.9 secs.

    Oh, and it costs $120K more than the Lotus.

    Go figure.

    .



  2. John    Wed Mar 22, 08:03 AM #  

    Great post! Yeah, I had the chance to drive an Elise recently. It is ground hugging, barebones, “look at me” fun! My ass hurt from the shock of the hard ass seat/hard ass ride though. Alien Ware, gush, are my heroes- I did a thing about them as a example of a home grown tech company that are looking at internal (US) markets (Listen Up Beacon asswads!) Wish Burgess and Arriola would strangle each other to death and Merritt became Administrator Maximus. Al is down with the Pirates, yeah! A good buddy is a DJ at a Reggae/Soca outfit and he says the same thing, but jeez, stay away from the planes!Infomaniac is going into the dotage stage so she may have not realized… The Herald blogs so suck. I want to single a person out but I’ll be doing a post on it. And the kissing up has been so awful. Honestly, it’s time to clean house at the Herald(another post on that is coming). And boy are you right about that murmurs article- honestly, these guys have a lot of stuf to righteously bitch about so what’s with THAT bs?! Oh yeah, did you hear the article about the 200 people from Haiti and the DR that die each month trying to make it into the good ol’ Estados Unidos (only to live as illegal aliens) in the Herald? Oh yeah, they aren’t CUBAN, so why would the Herald cover that?- CM Rock, Rock on!(I’m still on hiatus which will end shortly; I’ve gotten to the point where I have to take Miami in small doses!)



  3. Rebecca Carter    Wed Mar 22, 09:44 AM #  

    I finally posted the rest of the Transportation Challenge on GreenerMiami.
    http://www.greenermiami.com

    (The permalink seemed like it was too long and would mess up the formatting here.)
    Thanks for participating, Alesh!



  4. MM    Wed Mar 22, 09:45 AM #  

    I.. MUST.. have that Lotus!

    And – Aquaman? TV series? Aquaman? Mujer Maravilla is very pleased!



  5. Manola B    Wed Mar 22, 11:43 AM #  

    Squak! Parrot Jungle should’ve never moved from its original beautiful lush location. Such decisions should’ve been left to the birds.

    As for building regulations, I totally agree, although I doubt Miami Beach’s code will ever be as strict as Coral Gables’. There is a new McMansion across the canal from my backyard. LOL! There is LITERALLY no square footage left over or a spade of grass in the non-existent lawn. The house is practically tumbling into the water. Architecturally, it’s an eye sore.

    But seriously, I thought I knew my beach, where the hell are these lots? There are maybe three 1 sq. ft. lots on this island!



  6. jillmatrix    Wed Mar 22, 03:30 PM #  

    “Cajones” is “dresser drawers.” You mean “cojones.”



  7. alesh    Wed Mar 22, 04:31 PM #  

    oh shit. i’m always getting in trouble with the spanish. crap crap. thanks.

    Monola~ See, they’re trying to get people to stop building those monstrosities. I agree 100% with the Parrot Jungle statement, and I think by now everyone at PJ does too.

    Rebecca~ Congrats. ps click “Textile Help” to see how to do links in comments. ( i added the link above, though)

    John ~ Was it covered anywhere?? do you have a link?? (oh and thanks for the comprehensive comment)

    Rick/MM ~ The lotus goes 0-60 in 4.7 seconds; a testament to its engineering when you realize it has that tiny 4-cylinder. What’s more impressive, brute force, or agility? Personally, I like the road-feel of a lighter car (my hatchback gets 138 horses out of a 1.8l 4-cylinder, and it’s not half bad).



  8. JB    Wed Mar 22, 09:30 PM #  

    To answer your question, of the two new Miami Herald blogs you cited, mine is hosted on blogger (along with a half dozen other new Herald blogs), because the paper is in transition between it’s old software platform for blogs and a new system being set up. They didn’t want to wait weeks or months until the kinks are worked out of the new system to launch my blog and others. The one you cited that’s built on the Herald home page was set up on the old platform before the transition began but not actually launched until afterward.



  9. Rick    Wed Mar 22, 10:22 PM #  

    Lotus has always been known for building great handling cars. I’m not quite sold on the look of the Lotus. Looks too much like a car you find at an amusement park to me.

    I agree. HP isn’t everything. That’s why the Miata and the Mini have such a following. But talk to Mustang and Vette owners and it’s a whole other story.



  10. MM    Thu Mar 23, 12:35 PM #  

    Alesh said, “The lotus goes 0-60 in 4.7 seconds; a testament to its engineering when you realize it has that tiny 4-cylinder. What’s more impressive, brute force, or agility?”

    I understood, “The lotus chirp chirp squeak squeak buzz buzz.”

    Because I have no notion of horsepowers and agilities.

    I just like the car because it’s cute as hell and looks about right for a short gal like me. And for a Lotus, great price.



  11. A.T.    Thu Mar 23, 12:52 PM #  

    Alesh: Thanks for posting the reading.



  12. alesh    Thu Mar 23, 01:35 PM #  

    No sweat, Alfredo. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go.

    MM~ in english, a nice powerful english + a light car = fun to drive. It’s cute; looks kind of like a complicated nike sneaker.



  13. Manola B    Thu Mar 23, 04:25 PM #  

    Jillmatrix, that’s so very true! LOL!

    I’ve noticed that many English-speaking folks tend to write cojones as cajones. If you say it outloud in “English” with the right twang, that’s what it sounds like.



  14. Jonathan    Sat Mar 25, 12:18 PM #  

    Alesh, that’s a great photo.



  15. Manola B    Sat Mar 25, 03:08 PM #  

    MM, I hear ya, girl! I’m a shortcake too. Easier to get in and out of such a car, yes? But not when wearing a mini-skirt.

    It is a very good looking car indeed. But just think of all the Manolo Blahniks one could buy for $40K! My mind is reeling! :-)



  16. MM    Mon Mar 27, 12:45 PM #  

    Manola, kudos to you for wearing the minis! But my mini-skirt days are long over, I fear. I don’t think I’m too old, I’m just too self-conscious about the ol’ Cuban thighs… sigh…



  17. Terry    Tue Apr 4, 12:14 PM #  

    Anecdotally, the newer Elise uses the Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine from the Celica GT-S. Lotus tunes it, of course. Much greater detail available here.