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  1. I'd imagine that once the stockpile of V6 engines is run dry, an AMG M139 version will appear, offering at least the 415 horses powering the A45 S. That spec is already compliant with emissions regs around the world, and will be essentially effortless to offer it to customers at any point Lotus wishes to do so. The fact that the engine weighs less than the supercharged V6 means that this will also mean a better power-to-weight ratio, right off the bat! I'd imagine that many of the owners of secondhand Emiras, in 3+ years time, will be opting for power upgrades as it should be cheap and easy to do so - significantly cheaper and easier than the current Komotec options on the current V6s, and they seem relatively popular. I'm sure Komotec will be more than willing to take V6 Emiras up to 460-500bhp, too, come to think of it!
  2. Don't they make ladies hair removal products? 😂😂😂
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    Lotus Emira

    Def the Evija! I'd love to see elements like the floating dash and centre binnacle make their way in to the Emira (and future models, too) though!
  4. Bee

    Who will buy a 131?

    It seems likely for the 300bhp version to clock in at around £55k as it will be head-to-head with the Cayman S at the same price point and power. Anything much above that, and it will need to be spectacularly ahead of said Cayman S in order to justify the extra £££, or look like poor value by comparison. Other competitors for the inevitable group tests with this lower price-point model are likely to be the Alpine A110, Z4 M40, Supra and possibly the TT RS. Hopefully, it'll make mincemeat of the lot of them!
  5. The £55K 300bhp entry-level model will be road tested against the £55K 300bhp Cayman S (and probably the 250bhp Alpine A110) by just about everyone. When it comes down to the general public's opinion as to whether Lotus has produced a competitor, which has no compromises (i.e. genuinely becoming a potential purchase for thousands, whom would not have chosen a Lotus before) it's fair to say that it has to come out on top in the majority of those road tests. With the Cayman S and A110 doing the 0-60mph times in 4.7s/4.5s respectively (and Porsche famously underquotes), the 300bhp Emira needs to be in that region or better. I imagine it will especially be compared to the A110 as it would be embarrassing for Lotus if Alpine out-Lotused Lotus by producing a faster accelerating car, with less power, by virtue of its lightweight construction... In fact, given that the last of the Elises were going for close to £50K, it is going to be compared with them, too, and although it will undoubtedly be superior in all kinds of ways, it is likely going to be knocked if it's half a second slower to the 0-60bhh benchmark. It's quite a competitive end of the market, to be honest. It will be interesting seeing it in group tests with the Cayman S, Alpine A110 and likely Toyota Supra and Z4 M40i, too! Personally, however, I think Lotus will nail it: for the first time, they've had the backing and resources to really show what they can do. Competitors? Bring 'em on!
  6. Now that we're already down to the last few brand-new Lotus cars for sale, we'll probably fairly soon be at the point where there are no brand-new Lotus cars for sale - and a wait until 2022 until the Type 131 graces dealer forecourts. I wonder what kind of marketing Lotus will employ to plug the gap... Goodwood (8-11th July) is not so very far away so I am expecting a few teases to come before then, and hopefully some development diary-esque videos, once the cat is out of the bag. I can only assume that Evija coverage will also help keep Lotus in the public eye. What I am really wondering, however, is 'who' the Type 131 will be aimed at, and thus what kind of advertising/marketing we will see. Will we see them try to appeal equally to existing fans and to those whom would not have seriously entertained buying a Lotus before, or do they go all-out for the new buyers and rely on brand-loyalty from the faithful. I would imagine that in the year to come, we are going to get a good idea of how/where they intend to position themselves for the decade to come... Interesting times...
  7. Excellent - in the dystopian future, 20,000+ years from now, I will have something to power my Nokia 3210, the only surviving technological device...
  8. Agreed - it's piddly-nothing compared to the sums being thrown around in the industry, investing in electric vehicles. Porsche alone are talking figures of 10 billion euros invested into electrification by 2024. I believe they've thrown 'around' £30 million just into their e fuels project!
  9. Am I the only one that keeps calling it the 'Arthur'?
  10. Bee

    500bhp Exige

    Turns out that the sweet spot in the Exige range is 500+bhp and a DCT...
  11. I know ... LHD only! I don't want to sound unsupportive of my favourite car company by far, but there's a certain sour taste left in the mouth when the phrases 'British hypercar' and 'LHD only' end up applying to the same motoring product.
  12. Nice to see one in motion, if only digitally...
  13. Whilst it would be fantastic to see 500+bhp, I suspect the Achille's heel of the Toyota engine set-up is indeed the gearbox; if they believed that the current gearbox could have been strengthened enough to reliably handle it, then we would surely have seen a 500bhp Evora/Exige (instead of the 430 variants). They would have been incredibly desirable propositions! I can only assume that there is no easy answer to the gearbox issue or Komo-Tec et al. would be offering it, even if it was not viable for Lotus themselves?
  14. First time I've seen them on film - very impressed!
  15. 'Popham says there will be versions of Lotus’s new car that can fit all of the company’s existing price ranges, depending on specification, starting at today’s £55,000 and reaching £110,000 for the best-equipped and fastest.' That's quite a spread of pricing for the one car, even factoring in a premium for an electric-hood convertible. I wonder if this means versions with different engines...
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