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  1. Unless Lotus have an enormous surprise ready to spring upon us all, I'd imagine that you'll be waiting for a very long time for the Lotus SUV. They've been pretty clear in saying sports cars first and then other segments. Furthermore, they've said that they would need to be involved, right from the offset, in any design for the underpinnings of a new SUV, were they to use another from the group, in order to ensure it met Lotus's criteria. I think it was Popham who recently said they, ' won't take an existing platform and just try to make a Lotus out of it'. What we 'might' see is
  2. And also now reported on Top Gear, where they also express the opinion that all 130 are likely to accounted for before production begins...
  3. I was quoting from the AutoExpress link posted yesterday...
  4. Lotus has already confirmed the Type 130 has received several hundred ‘expressions of interest’ from potential customers following the announcement of the project at the Shanghai Motor Show. I imagine they'll shift 50+ just from billionaire collectors, who 'have' to have every interesting high-end model that enters the market. After that, it comes down to how much appeal the car has to the half million, or so, people who have £50m+ going spare - quite a few car enthusiasts in there, some of whom will undoubtedly want the novelty of something unique.
  5. Yeah, I thought that - only white lights at the front and red at the rear (along with amber for the indicators, obviously). I'm guessing either that's where the No. plate will go (it's between the rear lights) and it's just there to look great on the promos; it's actually the reversing light (that would be pretty cool); it can change colours for different territories and their respective laws (e.g. red for the UK); it's a 'show mode' feature (i.e. for posing only); or Lotus are utilising some loophole (not above a certain brightness etc.) Yet another reason for some July 16th anticipation!
  6. Illuminated name badging - no idea why but it turns me into a giddy child again! But then, I still think flip-up headlights instantly add a veneer of 'coolness' to almost any car! Really looking forward to seeing this: I'm sure the design language will deliver many cues on what's to come from the next generation. I can really see this project garnering a great deal of hype and anticipation; it really 'is' the launch of new Lotus...
  7. I couldn't agree more! What is it with the current crop of new Evoras (and Exiges): every single one has an interior which looks like a study in tomb-like greyness! Why have all these gorgeous paint options on the exterior then sit in something so Gothic, when you could have something that looks as good as this car instead!
  8. Good opportunity for another sponsorship deal, just as Lotus are wanting to raise their public profile again, nationally and internationally...
  9. True, but I think it will be the Battista which people will primarily compare it with - just on name alone. I suppose we'll see group tests with all three! The Sun claims a Lotus insider has told them the Type 130 will top Pininfarina's 1,900 horses, while Evo claim Lotus are aiming to keep the weight below 1,000kg. Could be interesting! The Tesla Roadster is starting at $200,000. It will be interesting to see how close in performance it is to the Battista, Rimac 2 and Type 130. I wouldn't count on it necessarily matching any of them for aero, handling etc. but it has the potential
  10. Weight-wise, the Rimac (why do I keep wanting to say 'Immac!?!) C 2 and Pininfarina Battista are coming in at around 1950kg so you'd hope Lotus would be aiming to lop a decent chunk off of that figure in order to be lightest in class - 1750-1850kg perhaps?
  11. I have to admit, the description paints a drool-worthy picture of a car! I quite like the Auto Express render but the car seems considerably more extreme, perhaps similar to the aforementioned render but with a bit more AM Valkyrie about it? The forward, jet fighter-like 'dome' and 'the two huge air channels that effectively tunnel beneath the rear bodywork and which will have elements of the taillights around the exits (details from Pistonheads) sound amazing! The Pistonheads report also notes that the two channels (venturi tunnels) 'will incorporate light elements to better show them off in
  12. Great video on the Lotus site - you can make out the hypercar shape much more clearly for a start! Great to see the website looking this slick and professional!
  13. Surely not the hypercar - it's got Evora written all over the front! Evora 500 with a completely new, class-appropriate interior, integrated ICE, digital dials etc. … dual clutch, paddle shift? Perhaps a surprise move down in price - hyper lightweight, cool new minimalist interior and up against the Alpine A110? It's great to see all the talk of potential giving way to some actual product, even if it is a stop-gap model. There should be plenty of pointers about what to expect/look forward to in the next generation... If I wake up for a pee in the middle of the night, n
  14. It's not the hypercar then: that one will likely only be 'driven' by motoring journalists!
  15. Stunning car - outstanding colour! Many congratulations!
  16. It 'could' be a concept car - gauge reactions to new styling cues etc. I wouldn't be surprised to see the interim model. It all kind of depends on when exactly it is going to be out - 2020 or 2021. If it's the former then you could absolutely see it being shown one year before; if it's the latter, it would be unusual to be showing it two years before release. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the hypercar: it's very obviously a halo model, intended to say, 'Look at what we're now capable of delivering!' If a halo's job is to look shiny, incredible and draw the atte
  17. I think we all desperately want it to be a look at the new (interim) model but we're scared to commit ourselves to saying that out loud for fear of being slapped back down by some less interesting announcement!
  18. Their hypercar will be out of almost everyone's range. I wonder what it will have in common with (and how it will differentiate itself against) this... To be honest, if Lotus's hypercar 'is' coming, it will be a halo car designed to show Lotus's potential, not in any way an indicator of prices to come or be marketed as a product that 99.9999% of current Lotus owners might be interested in. What 'may' well be of interest, however, is what technologies, features and ideas might drip down to forthcoming future models...
  19. Good grief, everyone's at it!
  20. New body on the Evora platform, newly engineered doors and sills, improved luggage space, good infotainment, an interior that looks reasonable good at the side of the competition, but still decently powerful with Lotus handling, enough of a car to at least match the opposition dynamically - I can't see that at £60,000 unless Lotus are willing to swallow at least a £20-30,000 loss on each car for the sake of reputation building and great press etc. Say a £4-6 million loss on 2,000 cars. Not out of the question, I suppose, when £billions are involved overall. Porsche annually spend over $20 mil
  21. I think that was for the US market. The same model should be out earlier in the UK...
  22. From 2022, you'll be able to turn off the Intelligent (ahem) Speed Assistance (although you'll have to do it each and every time you drive), but I think we all know the end-goal is to make them permanent a few years after. I wonder whether a post-Brexit UK will rise up against that particular diktat and chip tuners etc. will be able to restore a 'choice' option. You can genuinely see the sports car market crashing and burning 'when' it becomes mandatory AND permanent.Their respective sales will absolutely plummet and some big names are likely to either go under or to switch to extreme luxury,
  23. "The next car we will announce is a new GT version of the Evora. It will be more powerful, and with more features. That will be the immediate offering," says Popham. - the only confirmation Popham would provide was that of an all-new sports car. “You’re likely to see something toward the end of next year,” he says. “It won’t go on sale until after that, maybe the following year or so, but this is going to be more a volume product.” He promises that it will “still absolutely still have the DNA of Lotus—handling, lightweight, on-road dynamics,” but he predicts that it will appeal to
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