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  1. 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!
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    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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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...
  6. Excellent - in the dystopian future, 20,000+ years from now, I will have something to power my Nokia 3210, the only surviving technological device...
  7. 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!
  8. Am I the only one that keeps calling it the 'Arthur'?
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    500bhp Exige

    Turns out that the sweet spot in the Exige range is 500+bhp and a DCT...
  10. 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.
  11. Nice to see one in motion, if only digitally...
  12. 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?
  13. First time I've seen them on film - very impressed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoPww8I-1vA
  14. '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...
  15. Honestly, the more I see the Evija, the more I appreciate that the styling really is something else - just epic! I dearly hope that major styling cues will feed into the future Lotus models; if versions of those Venturi tunnels with afterburner-effect wrap-around lights don't make it to some of the new cars, it will be a massive wasted opportunity!
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    Electric Evora

    Interesting project, here - Mountain Pass Performance's electric Evora, with a Tesla motor and two Chevy Volt batteries. It's only 200lb heavier but has over 500 horses so … 1/4 mile in 10s. There's no denying that the lack of sound takes something away from the character, but if this is just what someone mechanically-minded can cook up with spare parts, then Lotus' future electric cars should deliver epic performance!
  17. He's most certainly showering himself in something...
  18. Anyone brave (or knowledgeable) enough to predict an Evija lap time... I'm intrigued as to how much all that power, aero, 4WD and Lotus knowhow offsets the weight penalty. I'm assuming a stellar time at somewhere like the Nürburgring but it'll be interesting seeing what it does on a twisty little track like Hethel!
  19. If Lotus want some quick and easy publicity, and to expand the appeal of the brand, they should do a 'speccing an Evija' video, like Aston Martin did with the Valkyrie. I thought that was a great one and really took you into the experience...
  20. I agree, and furthermore it would appear to make sense for Lotus to cut their teeth on the many and varied new skills, technologies, engineering, manufacturing aspects etc. from producing the Evija and this mid-range transitional model before their entirely new range arrives. Being honest, the MP4-12C is largely forgotten, now, but it gave the McLaren teams the knowledge, experience and underpinnings they needed to go on to create their current well-regarded range (disregarding the current reliability issues, which Lotus cannot afford to emulate given their widespread - however undeserved - reputation). Obviously, it's important for this new model to get it right: it's still got to be a 'Lotus' but also be as competent a daily runner as any Cayman or Boxster; the interior, especially, will be prodded, pushed, pulled and highlighted in pretty much every single review. Lotus will not want to see the words: 'But it's still no Porsche' in regards to this aspect of the car. However, bigger picture and all that - as noted before, the MP4-12C was largely forgotten given what followed; being honest, I think it will be the same for this interim model for Lotus. It basically just needs to play it safe - look good, be dynamically interesting, be a daily driver without serious compromise, and not have any notable flaws. The Alpine A110 has very recently showed us all that a highly-competent, reasonably priced Cayman competitor is entirely achievable. If the new car is Lotus's more exciting version of the Alpine, then they will likely have enough of a success story on their hands, with that and the Evija, to see them through to the genuinely new models. If Lotus are planning a convertible model, too, the aforementioned two models will keep them in the headlights of the motoring press just about long enough to plug the gap until the completely new stuff arrives - just what an interim model 'should' be doing...
  21. Is it pronounced 'toe nail-ey' or 'toe gnarly'? 🤣😉
  22. So, after years upon years of people here berating the embarrassingly behind-the-times interiors, controls, ICE etc., the genuinely difficult access/egress, the lack of equipment compared to the competition, the fact that Lotus' new price points were increasingly leaving them behind, how Porsche and then the Alpine A110 were/are showing the way … you could add allsorts more to this list but let's leave it there … Lotus are apparently building a surprisingly reasonably-priced, medium-sized coupe that will be easy to live with and have a decent interior; probably go, ride and handle in the manner people expect a Lotus to; and, will likely have some cool styling cues from the Evija, pointing the way to future Lotus cars, and... … to read through some comments, here, you'd think that was some kind of disaster. Am I genuinely missing something?
  23. Do you know, that's a decent-looking car too! If Kia's Stinger can achieve a few sales over here, I can see a car like that generating quite a few more - a cut-price RS3 competitor? I've wondered what Lync & Co cars are like since hearing they were 'coming soon' but having something like that in the range, and with an awareness that it shares architecture with Volvo and has development from Polestar … well, they might be off to a good start! As for the engine, next gen Elise/Exige/Evora/Elan anyone? Surely that's a perfect powerplant for any of them!
  24. I know what you're saying but she's become 'the' name for first looks at hypercars and high-end supercars. I'd imagine someone in Lotus's team considered her growing reputation for showcasing these types of vehicles, saw her 1.78 million subscribers on YouTube and thought that's got to be worth 15-20 minutes of our time before the car's loaded up and taken to the next location. I'd rather see the thoughts of former (and current) F1 stars when they actually allow people to drive it at speed. I realise that could be quite a while away yet though!
  25. Sooo... Porsche = perfection TVR = cars still being used in 'Vs tests' despite being launched in 2005, with the company going under in 2006 Lotus = what's the point? Cheers Evo!
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