And I used to say I want an Elise. But now I'm going to edit myself. I want an EXIGE.
Why? And what's that you ask? Here's a snippet of convo with my brother:
spinergynb: what is the diff btw Elise and Exige?
PelicanRacing: rear clam is different
PelicanRacing: supposed to be like Boxster vs. Cayman
spinergynb: doesn't the orig have a removable lid?
PelicanRacing: they all do
PelicanRacing: but the Exige lid has a scoop!
spinergynb: the main diff btw the two, to me, are the lights..
PelicanRacing: it's a sick looking car
PelicanRacing: lights are better on Exige
spinergynb: aggro vs. fun
PelicanRacing: no scallops in rear
PelicanRacing: mesh vs strakes or whatever
PelicanRacing: it's definitely a mean looking car
To borrow a phrase, it's an Elise turned up to 11. If you're gonna get a totally impractical car like a Lotus, might as well go for the most impractical car you can. I mean an M3's nice, but driving it to work is similar to driving a 325i. I guess that's appealing to some folks, but I don't want to spend $70k for a tarted up 3 series (probably the most common car in the Bay Area).
I just read a really well written review of the Exige S 240 on Jalopnik. It sums up the thought process behind why anyone would want to own this car.
And I hope I never grow up!