Kode9 Roadster

 |  February 28, 2014

by Paul Strauss
Kode9 Roadster

While the Kode9 is based on the Lotus Elise, it sure doesn’t look like one. In fact, it looks more like Speed Racer’s Mach V than an Elise. It doesn’t hurt that it was designed by Ken Okuyama, the man behind the Enzo Ferrari when he worked for Pininfarina.

The Kode9 starts out as a Lotus, but other than its chassis, most of the car is custom, with its shell built from fiberglass, along with a carbon fiber roof. Under the hood, it’s been endowed with a 345bhp 2.0-liter Honda V-TEC engine, which has been given much of its vroom by a supercharger. Top speed for the tiny two-seater is quoted at 175mph, and the vehicle’s 1962lb. curb weight should help it accelerate like a bat out of hell.

Kode9 expects to build just 10 of its cars in 2014, and 20 in 2015. They’ll be offering variants with a 1.6-liter engine for about $120,000(USD), while the top-of-the-line 2.0-liter variant will sell for a whopping $241,000. Given the fact that the Lotus Elise sold for around $50,000, the Kode9 better be very special on the road to justify its price.








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