Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2005 Lotus Elise VS 2005 Acura NSX Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2005 Lotus Elise

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2005 Acura NSX

Safety Comparison

Both the Elise and the NSX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags and four wheel antilock brakes.

Warranty Comparison

The Elise’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the NSX’s (8 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Elise’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The NSX’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the NSX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Lotus Elise is faster than the Acura NSX (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

13.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Elise gets better fuel mileage than the NSX (23 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Elise stops much shorter than the NSX:



80 to 0 MPH

188 feet

220 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Elise handles at 1.06 G’s, while the NSX-T pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Elise goes through Road & Track’s slalom 10.5 MPH faster than the NSX (72.6 vs. 62.1 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The Lotus Elise may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 to 1250 pounds less than the Acura NSX.

The Elise is 2 feet, 1.2 inches shorter than the NSX, making the Elise easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Elise’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The NSX has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

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