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This might this be the sportiest Kia from the 90's

By Faiming_low on 24 Aug 2014

Attached Image Did you know that Kia built a convertible in the 90's? For those who don't, it sold around 1,000 of these Kia Elans which was meant for the domestic market. This was during the time when it was still pretty small and had to rely on other manufacturers to base their cars on.

Attached Image Yes, these Kia Elans came after Lotus were done with the slow selling, front-wheel drive Elans and they sold the rights to Kia. Not much was changed visually other than a taller ride height and unique tailights. They also replaced the Isuzu 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that produced 162bhp with its own naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre 150bhp engine. 
 
Attached Image For those of you who are keen on getting one here, you probably won't get a chance since they are all in left-hand drive only. However, there are a still a couple of the nearly 4,000 Elans that was produced by Lotus, still on the road here
 
 

kia, elan, 90s, m100, lotus

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Turboflat4 Aug 24 2014 02:14 AM
Had a Lotus Elan turbo in the family. Of course, that had a Isuzu engine. Upgraded to Wilwood brakes and enjoyed it for a while. Decent ride, but quite the moneypit, so we sold it off to a used car dealer. Ended up being bought by one of our almost-neighbours (not someone right next to us, but in our neighbourhood),
Faiming_low Aug 24 2014 01:50 PM

Had a Lotus Elan turbo in the family. Of course, that had a Isuzu engine. Upgraded to Wilwood brakes and enjoyed it for a while. Decent ride, but quite the moneypit, so we sold it off to a used car dealer. Ended up being bought by one of our almost-neighbours (not someone right next to us, but in our neighbourhood),

Cool. Brakes were upgraded because they faded fast or?
 

Turboflat4 Aug 24 2014 07:14 PM

Cool. Brakes were upgraded because they faded fast or?
 

 

Well, when we got it, stock brakes were not confidence-inspiring, so we just upgraded.

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