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Lotus Elise

There’s a good word that sums up the Elise, and that word is ‘connected’. In a world where cars are more and more divorced from both driver and road, the lightweight Elise is a sportscar that still delivers the best seat-of-the-pants feel this side of a Caterham.

Comfort
Better than before, in that it now won’t actually cripple and deafen you in the first 30 miles. Just getting into the thing is a hilarious business, and once inside the ergonomics are terrible – the Elise is very focussed, so heaters and radios are added in later. Much easier entry and egress with the roof off, but it’s a pain to replace quickly if there’s a snap rain shower.

Performance
The Elise isn’t actually that shattering when it comes to out-and-out shove – it’s more to do with the purity of the driving experience. That said, it’s not slow; nowadays the Elise is powered by a Toyota 1.8 with variable valve timing that produces 134bhp in basic 1.8 S form, 189bhp as a 1.8R and 217bhp in the supercharged variant. That gives 0-62mph times that drop in a similar order; 5.8, 5.2 and 4.4, with top speeds that rise accordingly; 127mph, 147mph and 150mph.

Cool
The Elise manages to walk the fine tightrope between enthusiast’s machine and look-at-me poseur mobile, with probably a little more of the former. So it’s cool, but not as cool as an Exige.

Quality
Modern Elises feel like they could be taken to a track and abused without falling to bits, but then there’s not that much inside to break. Don’t be worried if the aluminium tub creaks and rattles a bit – there’s little sound deadening and most of the interior is bare metal. The pop-in-pop-out roof bars sometimes have dodgy seals too – but that’s not a big worry.

Handling
The Elise makes even a trip to the shops an adventure, with steering so feelsome it’s like running the palm of your hand down the tarmac itself. You can feel road cambers that you won’t have a clue about from the helm of any sports saloon, and when the car starts to reach the limits of its considerable grip, your bum will telegraph the situation to you well in advance.

Practicality
If there was a sliding scale of practicality with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, the Elise would be somewhere around -2 with the Lamborghini Diablo SV and the TukTuk motor tricycle. There is a boot behind the engine, but it tends to cook whatever is stored there. Squashy bags are OK, but space everywhere else is at a premium. And don’t expect to arrive and be able to emerge gracefully – unless you’re 5ft tall, the Elise will strip your ego bare.

Running costs
Not a bad choice if you want a tidy driving experience and you still want to be able to use your face and heart afterwards. The engines are clean and that means 27-percent company car tax – fancy that – though insurance is high at group 20 all round. Economy is also pretty reasonable given the Elise’s performance potential – the 1.8R will get 32.1mpg and the 1.8 an even better 34mpg.

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Leon Ray Williams is both singer and actor. He was born in Singapore but now his activities is in Taiwan. Anyone who used to watch Taiwan drama (with the same type of Chinese drama, usually appearances of strong flying guys with long-hair in traditional costumes…) should know him very well. Is he really Asian? The answer is No. He is mix of English, German, Japanese and Chinese descent. But his face, I think 90% of Asian. So he is here…

Two things I am very impressed in this gentlemen is his eyes and his lips. Only with his eyes, he could show many type of emotions in picture: sadness, happiness, desire…(btw, that is his job, isn’t it?) Is this him anymore? Ops, he’s not… This guy’s absolutely another guy. Hua Vi Van – a Vietnamese model turning to a singer (and even he acted in Vietnamese TV shows). I found that his face and Leon’s are really “look alike”…But I think Hua’s got a “more attractive” smile…

 

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Nathaniel Ho

Nathaniel Ho (Nat Ho) is famous artist in Singapore. He is an actor, a host, a model and he appeared in variety TV shows. This collection must be the best gallery of this hot hunk on internet. Nat Ho is now busy for filming the waterpolo drama on Channel 5 called Polo Boys, debuts on 15 Oct. I think this drama is all about hot hunks show their great body :). Watch its trailer here…

 

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