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  1. It's less that it's a 400 improvement more a switch to Michelin when the 400 came.out. My current set are Michelin S4S and they seem to be slightly better in wear but not a massive difference. As above, I do have a heavy right foot 😊 so probably just my driving style.
  2. So it's been a couple of eventful years (for everyone) and I'm now 12 years and 49k miles in to the Evora. It's been pretty faultless in that time. I put that down to being driven very, very hard (once warm) but maintained and cared for impeccably. Even when my Emira does come I can't imagine getting rid of the Evora as it's so good and I reckon will be a bit more playful/less clinical than the Emira I've managed to fit in a lot of road trips, doing Scotland, Wales, Yorkshire and Norfolk during the Covid period. Also I have got to drive a number of other sports cars which has been fun. Last year I got invited to enter the London Concours event which was an amazing 3 days. Highly recommended, especially when the weather is great. I didn't win but held my own I like to think 🤣 Then during the lockdown a stupid idea was put in to my head by @Bravo73 and I ended up "adopting" a Civic Type R which needed a bit of TLC. So a number of weekends have been spent on this.. problem is, the weather has been so good recently I prefer to be driving the Evora (and the Brabus Roadster) than under the Civic. Especially now we're allowed back in to Europe. This has meant the Alps trips are now back on... Although getting to the Alps is a bit of a chore the scenery is dialled up to 11. Having said that a number of miles on the Autobahn breaks the monotony up 😃 managed to kiss 170mph on the dial. The Evora is comfortable at any speed. I'd say the massive benefit of doing Scotland over the Alps is you're essentially on fantastic roads from the day one, so it's hard to pick which to do each year. And just to prove the Evora does get dirty, really dirty in fact.. Heading to Spa and Nurburgring next which I've really missed in the last couple of years. Amazing roads in the Ardennes too. Amazingly I'm still on the original disks and pads which I think will need to be changed when I get back. And the 6th? set of rear tyres.
  3. Administration are getting sloppy with their acceptance of forum members! Great trip though..
  4. They changed around April 2010. The forged metal ones were hugely expensive, labour intensive to make and care for. However they are so so much nicer than the plastic chrome ones. My car had the last pair fitted 😊 At a similar time they removed the Evora badge from the dash on Premium Pack cars. Plus the headlamps went from shiny black plastic inside to a satin/Matt finish. On another note - if anyone mentions that the handles are Honda Civic ones, then please punch yourself in the face. I've even seen it written in Absolute Lotus magazine 🤦
  5. Yep that was me and @bosshogout for a little drive. We left it too late to be honest and there was too much traffic. We're normally out and about ~7am. There was a car show at Old Buckenham so headed there. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be clearer. You local?
  6. From the ground It's ~200mm at the front of the door rising to ~300mm to the rear. The 200mm element would probably not be an issue so I'd say if you had to clear 250mm you'd be safe.
  7. Shame I didn't bump into you, would have been nice to put a face to the name. Out of interest did my Evora look "Concours"...? I was competing directly with the overall winner and looking at the rest of the multi million pound field of cars, I really didn't stand a chance to be honest 😂 ironically I don't remember seeing a 959, which is one of my favourites.
  8. That's my car at the London Concours. Did you also go? Such a great 3 days, especially as the weather was amazing. Never drunk so much champagne and talked cars in my life. Hopefully will go again this year. @Trantwhy aren't you considering any N/A,.does it have to be a Launch Edition. Just seems odd to limit your choice, especially as they are the oldest version of the Evora now.
  9. I knew I wasn't the only person who keeps a spreadsheet. I now have evidence for friends and family 🤣 So far, 12 years and 47k miles and here is the summary of expenditure, which I think is pretty reasonable tbh...
  10. 12 years and counting. Emira on order too but Evora will be a pension fund 🙂 Should really update this thread..
  11. I think the point that was trying to be made by @bosshog was in answer to your claim disputing Lotus' honesty in their scales. This may be of interest to you...
  12. I wouldn't rise to it Tom, it seems to be an opinion based on no substance or experience of Lotus. I remember a few years ago JMG proclaiming it was ridiculous the Elise had anything but a sports suspension option. He demanded that the standard suspension be obsoleted. A while later he was "accidentally" lent an Elise with standard suspension. Let's just say, there's a reason it's still on the Elise and actually the favoured choice, mirroring (and some) what you state the percentage take up for touring on the Emira is.
  13. That's because that Red Emira wasn't Magma Red 😉
  14. Based on this comment I'm assuming you believe Nimbus grey is similar to Audi Nardo grey? When it's actually a metallic colour akin to Lotus Storm Titanium.
  15. I actually think the GT4 gearing is slightly longer in the first 2 gears at least. When I did the EVO "group test" the journalist/tester was complementary of my gearbox/clutch stating how the Cayman's was long geared and clutch heavy, and I've got the standard box. Gratuitous shot 😀 There will always be place for the Evora, a shame that it was never really recognised by many people as a contender even though the reviews have always been great. It's certainly a well respected car within the petrol head community, just a lot of people are more willing to put their money in an Elise or Exige, if they go for a Lotus.
  16. Evora was launched with natural finished calipers, black ones being part of the sport pack. (Launch Edition had sport pack so only came with black calipers) Evora S had sport pack as standard so had a black calipers as standard, no other option. Red calipers were introduced for MY12 in summer of 2011, and natural finished calipers were dropped.
  17. Amazing write up @Daveb99,extremely impressed how much you've done in that space of time. That's a super early car with the decal on the engine cover and the gloss black headlamps. Love the upgrades you've made. Well done.
  18. Interesting take on the styling. Not your usual car video.
  19. Absolutely, nobody has even driven it and all I keep reading on social media is talk about turning up the wick 🙄 The number of people who can't even keep up with a 101bhp Smart Roadster (including @Bravo73 and @bosshog 😜) says to me, power isn't the issue.
  20. Regarding prices, I'll be interested to see whether the interest in the Emira sparks a general interest in Lotus and those new to the brand (looking for the cheaper alternative). Which in turn brings people unaware of the Evora to take a look. As we know a lot of people who end up test driving them, buy. It may finally get the recognition it always deserved, and subsequently prices may hold even stronger. As for the Emira being a reworked Evora, if you put both their rolling chassis next to one another you'd be hard pushed to tell the difference, but as I said I'm another thread it's a case of everything being cranked up to 11. Lots of small improvements make a large difference. The Evora was a perfect starting point. The amount of times I've looked at beautiful cars and thought I'd love to put that body on an Evora rolling chassis, I know it would then be dynamically better...
  21. Plus it's a push flap to open, so no internal button and no separate fuel cap either. Super simple. 🥳
  22. Out of interest where do you get that weight figure from? I'm pretty sure that there's not a great deal of difference, circa 15kg. Like for like.
  23. I was going to say, that's a bold statement to say zero. There's a number of shared components with the Evora. However, it's taken all the best bits of the Evora and cranked them up to 11. These bits tend to be under the skin as the Evora was strong in that area but always seem to be lacking at the touch points and with challenging styling etc. It's those elements though that the Emira has gone so far in improving. Things like moulded carpets compared to glued and velcro precut carpet. Obviously adding weight but also a feel that adds to security of a quality product. Also subtle things from the switchgear and bespoke vents (with emira written on them) and infotainment screens that are a massive step up. It's an extremely impressive and class leading car.
  24. @BlueLotusEvoraGT out of interest, who fitted the battery? That doesn't look like a factory set up to me. Did the dealer add it?
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