Fifth Gear pits the Lotus Elise against a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo in this segment. Which car comes out on top? Find out after the jump.
The VX220 is built alongside the Lotus Elise S2. It’s design was based on the Elise chassis, modified to accept a GM engine in preference to the Rover K-series engine used by the Elise. It carried the internal model identification Lotus 116 and the code name Lotus Skipton. A final version, the track-oriented VXR220, based on the turbo model, was tuned to give around 220 hp (164 kW) and used Lotus-style 16 in (406 mm) front wheels that allowed the fitting of special sports tyres to gain better road holding