Road Tests Real world tests of Elise S vs Pantera GT5

0-60mph

Elise S
5.8 s
Pantera GT5
5.5 s

Top speed

Elise S
127 mph
Pantera GT5
137 mph

0-100mph

Elise S
18.4 s
Pantera GT5
14.1 s

1/4 mile

Elise S
15 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lotus Elise S

Reasons to consider the
Lotus Elise S

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Significantly lighter curb weight 1,929 lb vs 3,250 lb More than 40% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Default view of De Tomaso Pantera GT5

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De Tomaso Pantera GT5

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Way more more powerful engine 350 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 134 HP @ 6,200 RPM More than 2.5x stronger engine
Significantly more torque 333 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM vs 127 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM More than 2.5x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much bigger engine 5,763 cc vs 1,800 cc Around 3.2x bigger engine
Faster in the quarter mile 14 s vs 15 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Significantly better power-to-weight ratio 9.29 lb/hp vs 14.4 lb/hp More than 35% better power-to-weight ratio
Faster top speed 137 mph vs 127 mph 10 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Slightly more expensive sticker price $55k vs $46k Around 20% more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Elise S  vs
Pantera GT5 
Brand Lotus De Tomaso
Price 46,328 55,000
Year 2006 1986-1990

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 14.4 lb/hp 9.29 lb/hp
Maximum hp 134 HP @ 6,200 RPM 350 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 127 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM 333 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,800 cc 5,763 cc
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.23 in / 3.35 in 4 in / 3.5 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,929 lb 3,250 lb
Width 67.7 in 77.6 in
Height 45 in 41.6 in
Length 149 in 168.1 in
Front track width 57.4 in 59.4 in
Wheelbase 90.6 in 98.8 in

road tests

Elise S  vs
Pantera GT5 
Top speed 127 mph 137 mph
1/4 mile 15 s 14 s
0-60mph 5.8 s 5.5 s
0-100mph 18.4 s 14.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD Mid Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 140 381/? 254
Rear wheels 432/? 190 381/? 330
Lotus Elise S
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De Tomaso Pantera GT5
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