Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2005 Lotus Elise VS 2005 Honda S2000 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2005 Lotus Elise

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2005 Honda S2000

Safety Comparison

Both the Elise and the S2000 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 S2000’s (8 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Lotus Elise is faster than the Honda S2000 (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

14 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

100 MPH

In a Road & Track race course test, the Lotus Elise was clocked 1.23 seconds faster than the Honda S2000 (68.65 sec. vs. 69.88 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Elise gets better fuel mileage than the S2000 (23 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Elise’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the S2000 are solid, not vented.

The Elise stops much shorter than the S2000:



80 to 0 MPH

188 feet

206 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Elise handles at 1.06 G’s, while the S2000 pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Elise goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.9 MPH faster than the S2000 (72.6 vs. 69.7 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The Lotus Elise may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 pounds less than the Honda S2000.

The Elise is 1 foot, 1.2 inches shorter than the S2000, making the Elise easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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