Road Tests Real world tests of MR2 Turbo vs Elise

0-60mph

MR2 Turbo
6.2 s
Elise
6 s
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As you might expect of a car with 218hp and weighing only about a ton, the performance of the 2011 Elise SC is astonishing with 0-60 mph acceleration time in the mid four second range.
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Top speed

MR2 Turbo
145 mph
Elise
124 mph
By ensuring that the Elise stuck rigidly to Lotus' core values of performance through light weight, the Elise was able to produce supercar performance with city car economy.
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0-100mph

MR2 Turbo
16.7 s
Elise
17.4 s
VVT-i technology allows the engine increased low-end torque for better acceleration from a standstill while also enhancing high-speed performance.
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1/4 mile

MR2 Turbo
14.7 s
Elise
14.4 s
With the sleek new body, the 2011 Elise's aerodynamics have improved with a four percent reduction in the coefficient of drag (Cd).
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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Toyota MR2 Turbo

Reasons to consider the
Toyota MR2 Turbo

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Faster top speed 145 mph vs 124 mph 21 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 242 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 118 HP @ 5,500 RPM More than 2x stronger engine
More torque 224 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 122 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM Around 85% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Side view of Lotus Elise

Reasons to consider the
Lotus Elise

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Significantly lighter curb weight 1,591 lb vs 2,824 lb Around 45% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MR2 Turbo  vs
Elise 
Brand Toyota Lotus
Year 1990-2000 1996-2001
Highway mileage 26 MPG 39 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.67 lb/hp 13.48 lb/hp
Maximum hp 242 HP @ 6,000 RPM 118 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Maximum torque 224 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 122 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,200 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,998 cc 1,800 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.5:1 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.39 in / 3.39 in 3.15 in / 3.52 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,824 lb 1,591 lb
Width 66.9 in 67 in
Height 48.8 in 47.3 in
Length 163 in 146.7 in
Front track width 57.9 in 56.7 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in 90.6 in

road tests

MR2 Turbo  vs
Elise 
Top speed 145 mph 124 mph
1/4 mile 14.7 s 14.4 s
0-60mph 6.2 s 6 s
0-100mph 16.7 s 17.4 s

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Axle ratio 4.29:1 3.94:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 356/? 14 381/? 279
Rear wheels 356/? 14 406/? 356
Toyota MR2 Turbo
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