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  1. You might still be being overly optimistic, there!
  2. 500bhp Evora Roadster! (I can fantasise, can't I!)
  3. Top Gear: 'How much you would use [the Exige] depends how committed you are to lap times and spanners' It's not surprising that Lotus finds it difficult to change perceptions about the improved quality of its products when one of the leading motoring magazines makes unwarranted statements like that to the public! What factual basis does Top Gear journalist, Dan Read, have about the reliability of the Lotus Exige S V6 to tell the general public that the car will be unreliable? The JD Power survey for 2013 places Alfa Romeo as second from bottom. Their Mito was second from bottom out of
  4. Like Michael, I'm very impressed with the 'oomph' in 6th gear! 430 hp is very close to the 440 figure Lotus were claiming for the abandoned GTE model for which they were hoping to charge £120,000; it's a very impressive result! I'm very interested what sorts of acceleration figures the car can give with that sort of grunt.
  5. Interesting to see Matt Becker discussing how Lotus have helped develop the new Hyundai Genesis ... Looking forward to seeing the full 40 min Matt Becker interview; it's intriguing to see how they go about evaluating and developing a car's dynamic properties!
  6. Fair comment with regard to large-scale advertising but there are cheaper ways to get your name/image out there. It's good to see the Evora Sports Racer with PistonHeads for an extended loan/review, for instance, so perhaps I shouldn't really complain! A bit of occasional news from Hethel and maybe an occasional invitation to journalists/TV crews would create column inches and get their name out there. I know people might argue that Porsche don't 'advertise' like that but they're already all over the roads - people see them on a daily basis! As always with Lotus, I (and I think most Lotus
  7. This is what to expect when a car company refuses to promote itself! Sports car fans all know about Lotus; motoring enthusiasts know Elises and remember Esprits; the general public at large often seem to know next to nothing about them. I've twice in the past year had someone ask if the F1 team is starting to make road cars like McLaren does and had another ask me if that Evora concept car is going to come out ...
  8. With the best will in the world, the Evora, as it stands, is virtually dead in the water. It's only serious exposure to the general motoring public was around its launch in 2009: the first genuinely new Lotus in almost fifteen years. Said exposure was repeated to a lesser degree with the Evora S. The raft of improvements for the 2012 models seemed to split opinion between those who praised Lotus and those who pointed out that the car should not have been launched with so many quality issues in the first place. Some disastrous televisual PR was twice provided by Top Gear. Once when the car
  9. I frequently drive on that stretch and trust me, at anything other than the quietest periods, reaching 60mph would be nothing short of miraculous!
  10. Honda's new engines look very promising and their 8-speed gear box doesn't look too shabby, either! I'd love to hear an Esprit announcement but I'm starting to think that project's gone the way of the dodo and the Evora Roadster ... Perhaps a new/updated dash/interior for the Elise/Exige line-ups in order to rid themselves of one of their biggest criticisms? To be honest, I'll be glad if they have another steady year, building the quality and increasing the orders, but to succeed, they need something new and all the new jobs being created do suggest that 'something' is in the offing ..
  11. I'm insanely jealous - Chrome Orange, too, I've been dying to see an Exige Roadster in that colour!
  12. That Exige S Roadster show car interior is a very significant improvement upon what was tried with Dany's Elise. (Well, if you ignore the steering wheel!) It's a shame Lotus felt that they couldn't deliver it for production models (I believe Mansory did the interior for that show model?) but I'm sure they had good reasons and if they couldn't maintain a high enough quality then it was obviously the right decision in the long run.
  13. Dany Bahar's Elise SC is up for sale - what are your opinions on that custom interior?
  14. Now THAT's an exciting development - great news!
  15. “I am pleased to announce today that our flagship economic plan to create jobs outside of London - the regional growth fund - is awarding Lotus a £10 million grant which will help them develop their next generation of cars and create over 300 new jobs in East Anglia." - Vince Cable Does he know something we all don't, or does that just mean new variants of existing models?
  16. Or it could give them the cachet of saying: 'When Lotus wanted the best possible base from which to develop a new, class-beating supercar, they came to us ...'
  17. DRB's refusal to share information really is a depressing state of affairs! Constant refusals to even share information about upcoming Evora updates is frankly counterproductive. How many potential customers will get bored of waiting and simply plump for a Porsche/Jag/Aston instead! Promoting upcoming variants/models/updates creates and maintains interest and enthusiasm for fans of the marque; encourages and persuades potential customers to wait for a Lotus rather than go elsewhere; and, shows the world that Lotus has a positive and vibrant future. There's are good reasons why every autom
  18. If it was just for one weekend, it would have to be an Esprit. It's a supercar; it's more 'special'. However, if it was for anything longer than a weekend then I'd have to go for the Evora!
  19. Three times current sales strikes me as a huge ask unless the new variants are genuinely offering something very new over the standard models. The fact that the US is mentioned as a major market suggests some substantial work going on; gaining type approval there is - as has been frequently been pointed out in many posts on the site - a very expensive business. It's certainly great news for US Lotus fans currently scraping by with just the Evora! A re-launched Elise would have to be significantly revised, far beyond the S1 to S2 update. No matter how much how the purists point to it being
  20. I understand people thinking I am spouting sacrilege but I honestly think the Evora GTE is/was/could have been the best looking Lotus ever. *Puts on suit of armour in preparation to be stoned by armies of Esprit fans*
  21. I understand the suggestion that some extra power wouldn't have gone amiss; it would help to alleviate the perception that the Elise S CR is little more than the same car, yet again, mildly re-fettled. The weight reduction, unless you go on the also remove the airbags, roof ect. isn't particularly impressive, but if that was combined with another 30-40bhp, I'm sure the combined effect would be noticeable. I absolutely love Elises (I'm avidly saving up for one, atm) but I do understand the criticism some people make that these new variants come out and they are not significantly different t
  22. Nicely put! I do think a great many Lotus fans weren't so much excited by Dany's overall vision as by the prospect of a Lotus finally making serious £££! Given the cars Lotus have offered to us on a shoestring budget, I can only start to imagine what we might have if they had Porsche-like funds at their disposal! Heck, if they had had a quarter of Porsche-like funds at their disposal! I, for one, wouldn't mind seeing a less pure, populist model (Porsche Boxster rival, perhaps - Elise based, few inches wider, with easier access/egress and a cool, new interior) if it earned the kind of c
  23. The more I see of the Exige Roadster, the more I like it. I wonder whether Lotus would trim the dash in matching leather if you were willing to splash a little extra. I appreciate they decided they couldn't do it as standard option but even so ... It looked so good on the show car! Still a gorgeous car, regardless - I'd probably sell body parts for one!
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