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  1. By the time I'd have saved enough to buy a Komo-Tec-enhanced Exige S V6, I'd only be able to afford jeans like those, too! Fantastic video, though - I wonder how much the lap time would come down with the addition of those extra 80 horses. The car seems to take the extra power pretty effortlessly; I wonder how it would get on with 500hp!

  2. I can't help but wonder whether you'd be better off getting a low-mileage 2012 car, fitting the Mansory kit, having Dave the Trimmer jazz up the interior and getting Komo-tec to give you 430hp. Would likely cost you close to £70,000, all-in, but it'd be faster!

  3. I'm trying to see a positive in this but frankly, after all the work and effort that has gone into rebuilding the brand's reputation, I would imagine that the impression taken by the sports car fraternity at large will be that Lotus is in such dire straits that it has had to lay off a third of its highly talented and dedicated workforce.

     

    If I'd been on the edge of seriously considering the purchase of a new Lotus having previously been dissuaded by all the news reports of their varied managerial and financial woes, I think news like this would have me walking in the opposite direction again, without even a backward glance.

  4. I broadly agree with the suggested range (four posts back) but a £30,000+ Elise will likely be going head-to-head with Porsche's new entry level offering. I posted a few thoughts being concerned about how the current Elise might stack up but (if the price can indeed be kept competitive) I do feel a great deal more positive, now; in fact, bring on the fight!

     

     

    http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/66960-elise-competition/#entry518719

     

     

    Just for the record, I, too, loved the folding roof Elite - one of the first cars (however virtual) in absolutely years which genuinely made my jaw drop! I think it's a car which could do incredible feats in opening Lotus up to new buyers and markets.

  5. Of course, if they 'are' sticking to that plan (no mention of an R-variant Elise in there) then all the Elise R speculation could well be completely wrong: what we've seen may well be a mule for the new model Elise which we now know has already been in development for over a year!

     

    I kind of 'do' want it to be an Elise R but I do wonder how much longer they can keep releasing Elise 'updates' which are clearly only ever going to continue preaching to the converted; a properly new Elise is a mouth-watering prospect and it could do more to attract new buyers than anything else since ... well, since the Elise came out around this time, eighteen years ago!

  6. Just to save people flicking through the pages on the link:

     

    DRB-HICOM

    Annual General Meeting

    Queries & Answers for Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG)

    19 September 2013

     

    Question 2: It was stated that a Revised Business Plan has been put in place for Lotus, focusing on expanding sales potentials, offering better and wider range of products and managing business operations more effectively. Could the Board provide an update on the performance of Lotus and has the Revised Business Plan for Lotus resulted in positive development for the division so far?

     

    Answer 2: Lotus Business Plan was developed comprehensively with specific focus on sales enhancement, product development, powertrain integration, quality and manufacturing operations and financial improvements. The development activities are guided through several phases as follows:

     

    i. Refinement of existing model range Elise, Exige and Evora

    ii. Refreshment through Evora-R and Exige-R

    iii. New generation of Elise, Exige, Evora and Esprit as well as front-engine models of Elan and Elite

     

    To further improve the overall business operations and streamline the policies and procedures with the Group, experienced personnel have been assigned to Lotus (UK) to improve the overall business operation. Key achievements to date:

     

    1. Product refinement has resulted in the improvement of quality of Lotus cars to cater to all markets, which saw encouraging orderbook.

    2. Work has already commenced on the refreshment models for Evora R and Exige R and is expected to be completed by 2014.

    3. The design work for new generation model (Elise) has already started.

    4. The improvement in manufacturing efficiency which saw production increased to about 44 to 50 units from about 35 units per week previously.

    5. Prudent cost management has been put in place at Lotus and has seen significant cost improvement.

     

     

    Reconsidering my earlier comment, it would appear that 2+2 = considerably more than just 11!

  7. Putting 2 + 2 together, though, and coming up with at least 11, it looks like all models could be getting an R-variant. We already 'know' a road-going Elise R is in the works, an Evora R now seems likely (if not a catastrophic typo) and there are three Exiges racing around the Nurburgring which many seem to believe are running an auto box. If Lotus have found a paddle-shift solution that leads to genuinely quicker acceleration/track times ect. than the manual box, then I would posit that the Evora and (road going, i.e. non-Cup) Exige R would come with paddles which - even though many on here are not so keen on - the market clearly demands. I can't see them appearing on the Elise R but it would make sense, if possible, to have them across the 'R' range, along with weight reduction, sporty interiors and plenty of air-effect body work.

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  8. You never know with the U.S. market; within their statement, today, it stated:

     

    'Jean Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc said, "We are growing our dealer network throughout Asia, North America and Europe.'

     

    I can't see that there would be much point growing the North American dealer network (I'm assuming that primarily refers to the U.S.) unless there was product coming!

  9. My neighbour scratched my parked car as she reversed up our exceptionally narrow (medieval) road. I went through her insurance and it was sorted quickly and efficiently. Since that incident (around 18 months ago), I've had at least twenty phone calls from solicitors trying to get me to file a personal injuries claim; often, they're not entirely put off by the fact that I always immediately point out that I was in the house at the time, not the car!

  10. Agreed! McLaren's recent journey into road cars has been extraordinary; to start making cars in 2011 and then be breaking even and moving onto making a profit by 2013 has been very impressive. And next, of course, the P13 retailing at somewhere around £100,000 - I'll be very surprised if it doesn't seriously increase their sales/profits.

     

    I wonder whether a halo Esprit car would grab the public imagination in the same way and provide a basis for new technologies to be filtered down and further developed with subsequent models/existing model updates. I'd love to think that something of that ilk is on the way.

  11. Just out of interest, does anyone know if there is a date/event when the Mansory-esque, £80,000 Evoras are announced? I'm intrigued as to what else they have apart from the exterior styling.  They're going head-to-head with the F-Type V8 coupe and convertible so I was wondering whether some extra oomph might be on the cards to complement the already superior ride and handling.

  12. With the new MX-5 and its close Alfa relative on the horizon, the Elise is starting to face some serious competition.

     

    And then there's this for 2016 ...

     

    www.carmagazine.co.uk/Secret-new-cars/Search-Results/Spyshots/Porsche-718-roadster-scooped-baby-Boxster-here-in-2016/

     

    1190Kg (120Kg less than the Boxster); flat four 2 litre turbo delivering 286hp and 295lb ft (and 2.5 giving 360hp/347lb ft); suspension tuned for grip and sharp handling.

     

    The Boxsters are to be given a mid-cycle revamp, more power and moved upmarket with a price north of £40,000; the top of the line Elises are 'currently' priced at £40-45,000 according to a quick look at PistonHeads.

     

    The 2.0 turbo variant of the new 718 matches the Elise S Club Racer's power to weight ratio of 240hp/tonne and is set to come in at £32,000.

     

    Many people are wondering what kind of update/upgrade the Evora might be getting but I'm starting to wonder whether this iteration of the Elise will need, by 2016, not so much an update as a complete reinvention. Delivering something with equivalent pace and handling to the current model, and with a good interior and easy access/egress, for only £32,000 is going to be one hell of a challenge, however!

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