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  1. I think it probably has to be the SUV - they're not going away any time soon! I think they really, really have their work cut out as to where to position it on the market, though! Assuming it's heavily based on someone else's underpinnings, I can't see it being exceptionally light for its class. I'll be very intrigued to see what size it ends up being, to be honest. The Mazda CX-5 is only 1500kg, just 85 kg more than the Evora 400. Make it sporty - which it would have to be, bearing the Lotus moniker - and it's up against the Macan or Cayenne, neither of which I like (I'm just not an SUV fan at all!) but there's no doubt they're highly regarded and have the kinds of interiors everyone would expect in an SUV at those kinds of price points.

     

    I'd love to see a 2+2 coupe; I think they'd have a better chance producing a Panamera rival. I'm sure they'd win the looks battle before pen even touched paper!

  2. Rory Reid, on Extra Gear, was a far better presenter than Evans! You can see that Matt LeBlanc has potential - he could be very good! I just found it remarkable that the 'main event' was completely lacking in the chemistry which made the original worth watching, while the 'sideline' show had presenters who you can actually envisage developing a quirky and fun relationship.

  3. I think that this is a really good question - lots of interesting speculation to be had!

     

    I thought that it would be interesting seeing what they could do to any of a range of cars from one of the big manufacturers.  Initially, I considered something like the Focus RS but soon realised that at best it would be a weight saving exercise, probably just producing a stripped out hardcore version of limited appeal. I bet that they could do something incredible with the Fiesta ST, however! I suppose what would genuinely catch public interest, and truly shine a light on Lotus talent, would be to take something pedestrian, but which has potential, and create something epic from it (think Lotus Carlton, here!) The Mondeo has always been praised for the handling side of things but (to my recollection) there's never been a 'properly' sporty variant; perhaps, it would be interesting to see what a fire-breathing Lotus version would be like! Imagine the horror on an M3 owner's face to be trounced by a Mondeo ..

     

    No special reason for choosing Ford, here - the same principles of taking something mundane and adding Lotus spiciness could be applied to many makes. Maybe they should curry favour with Toyota (I'm thinking contracts for future engines ...) and make an uber-Avensis! :o

  4. It's the dull interiors which people go for that really surprise me! In many ways, I'd rather go for a Carbon Grey car with a red interior than a brightly coloured exterior and a grey/black interior. Speaking personally, a Military Grey exterior with a red interior would be just about perfect! :blush:

  5. The two or four seat question is interesting in that it will likely affect what cars the Evora Roadster will be compared/tested against, by the press, come launch time. Assuming a price of £85,000, a 2+0 is inevitably up against the £7,000 more expensive F-type R convertible; whereas I'd have thought that a 2+2 would likely  be judged against the £5-7,000 (6-speed/PDK) more expensive 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. Regardless of which, in this section of the market, Lotus are going to be under the greatest pressure and scrutiny yet, regarding interior quality and ambience. I wonder whether anything from the Lotus Exclusive interiors might make an appearance on the press cars ...

  6. I stand by my choice, in an earlier but similar post, of military grey but I don't know how many extra pennies they'd want for that, now. I like the red interiors and the red/black combo from Lotus Exclusive especially appealed to me. I'm frankly staggered that Lotus 'still' haven't got a decent configurator up yet; I thought it was essentially ready to run, last autumn?

  7. McLaren's achievements over the past three years, with their road cars division, have been just staggering, tbh! I do support Lotus's direction, and I understand that they've had to leave the Evora as the pinnacle of their range, but if/when they do make an Esprit successor, they don't half have their work cut out for them with what the competition are offering at 'around' this price point! I'm sure their engineers would relish the challenge, but popping a 911 turbo S, this new McLaren and maybe the R8 V10+ in front of them and saying 'Better this lot' really is quite some challenge; the bar seems to be going up so fast that it must be hard to know what to even aim for!

  8. Obviously, it's subjective, but in my humble opinion, to be a supercar, now, you need unique styling, inside and out, and be hitting 0-60mph in <3.6 seconds/have a top speed approaching or surpassing 200mph. I do think that the Evora 400 is pretty special - a fantastic car, in fact -  but if we had a dramatic-looking 200mph Esprit, no-one would even be asking this question about the Evora.

  9. Okay, so 2016 is almost upon us and I just wondered what forthcoming products/news/rumours are getting your Lotus juices flowing! For me, I 'really' want to see them get the Evora Roadster right. From a 'general public' P.O.V., it's already got stiff competition; from a Lotus fan's P.O.V, it should be just epic. I think that it's a car that will really shape Lotus's international sales: they'll surely be intending to shift as many auto-roadsters as possible in the U.S.! I might never even see one, but the 311 is properly exciting, too - it shouldn't really matter, but I 'do' want to see an awe-inspiring Nurburgring lap, something groundbreaking for the brand!

     

    I'm interested to see what so many huge Lotus fans are looking forward to/hoping to see ...

     

  10. Disappointing to hear of issues such as poor paint jobs and dashboards that wobble over the bumps. Yeah, the road surfaces around Sheffield are poor in places, especially higher up. After the heavy snows and prolonged sub zero spells of weather from 2009-11, the road surface quality deteriorated in many areas and has simple never been repaired by councils with low and decreasing budgets, i.e. pretty much all of South Yorkshire. However, my daughter's 13yo Polo rides over our pothole-ridden roads without the dashboard wobbling! It's something that you'd expect from a stripped-out, ultra hardcore racer but not from a £72-80,000 GT sports car, For most people, I think the harsher ride will be an acceptable (if not liked) compromise for the dynamic improvements elsewhere, but dodgy paint jobs, seats that look well-worn after only weeks of use, and wobbling dashes are an unpleasant surprise given all that's been said about the huge improvements in quality.

  11. I was wondering about what engines Lotus might use in their next Elise and even down the line for the Evora/Exige (and possibly Esprit). Toyota seems to have gone down the path of downsizing its 1.8 litre engines to the new 1.2 litre turbo which is, I suppose, unlikely to be easily upgradeable to over 200 bhp. On the other hand, the 1.8 litre is continuing in the U.S. market and is still in the Euro-spec Avensis update so they should be around for a while. I'd like to see the new Lexus 2.0 litre turbo put to good use as that's pumping out 235 horses with 258 lb-ft of torque right out of the box but it's difficult to know whether Toyota genuinely has any interest whatsoever in striking up new engine deals. The aforementioned 2.0 turbo is certainly already heading for a number of Lexus and Toyota models in the near future.

     

    The Lexus 3.5 litre engine is going to be soldiering on for a few years yet and there is, of course, the shiny new 467bhp 5.0 litre V8 from the RC-F ... we can dream!

     

    I think that what Lotus must have in the next line-up, however, are class-competitive transmissions. If they're taking criticism for their transmissions now, then that is really going to become an ever-increasing issue further down the line.

  12. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Evora always designed with a roadster variant in mind, i.e. the roof plays almost no part in the structural stability, torsional stiffness ect.? In that case, could we be looking at a roadster that only weighs around, say, 10-15Kg more than the standard Evora 400? That would be an incredible accomplishment!

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