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  1. Hi John, just wanted to let you know I am now the owner of your Evora IPS. Purchased it last July from the chap you sold the car to. I wanted to purchase it from you when you first advertised it for sale but was waiting for a Liver Transplant at that time.

    Anyway that's water under the bridge and I now own it and I'm very happy with it.

    ive included a photo, you probably don't approve of the addition of the stripes but I just wanted something a bit different.

    Regards, Michael




  2. koorby

    Lotus Evora 400

    Is the launch colour Storm Titanium? Always wondered why Lotus dropped that colour I guess if you dropped the obligatory £2000 you can get any colour you want.
  3. koorby

    Lotus Evora 400

    That's precisely what I meant. You can get into a base 2.7 Boxster in the £30k range. That price point lures buyers into showrooms, never mind that hardly anyone buys the 'poverty pack' version. The point I was trying to get across was that Lotus positioned the Evora badly back in 2008 when it was marketed as a 911 competitor. When I bought my 2012 Evora I was test driving Boxsters and Merc SLK - the 911 was out of my reach. So for half the cost of a 911 I was in an Evora, job done! Now they are making the same mistake again, pitching it against a Carrera S, purely on it being a 2+2, 0-62 times, HP and kerb weight. Wrong strategy. Potential Evora buyers are looking at Jaguar F-Type, Boxster, Cayman etc. Chris Harris had a point about the GT4, even though he was a twat for jumping to conclusions before driving the 400. Regardless, I love this new Evora 400, it's truly lustworthy and I want one! I will aquire one for sure, but likely second hand and it will compliment my roadster, not replace it. Make mine grey (unless they bring back Storm Titanium)
  4. koorby

    Lotus Evora 400

    Hethel's biggest mistakes with positioning the Evora is their competitive target and their options list. They virtually have no options list; IPS, three different trim levels, a few wheels - that's it. My porker started at £53K and finished at £70K by the time I had specced what I wanted. I could have gone to £85k. Lotus needs to start with a lower base price and have a longer options list. They should also pull their heads out of their arses and begin to compete with Boxster, Cayman, F-Type Jag - not bloody 911s.
  5. koorby

    Lotus Evora 400

    I went from my Evora NA IPS to a Porsche Boxster GTS PDK last November. Note that I chose the Boxster because the Cayman is butt-ugly and the GT4 is a marketing exercise. So with 330HP and 1375Kg the GTS does 0-62 in 4.7 seconds, besting my Evora NA IPS by 0.3 seconds. So in other words, they are about line ball performance wise, and it feels that way to me in terms of weight and acceleration. Is the Porker a better car? Tricky question..... I miss the Evora's chassis, steering and those Recaros were magnificent. And the Evora got a LOT of attention everywhere it went because of its rarity. I loved the minimalist cabin, the way it looked and how it made you feel driving it. The downside was that even with the air box replaced with a Radium CAI and a titanium factory exhaust it sounded aenemic except at full bottle induction. I would often be told at Lotus club drives by Elise/Exige owner that they could not hear the Evora at all. For me, the theatre of the engine and exhaust noise is about 50% of a sports car's appeal. This is why Porsche, Lambo, Ferrari and Jaguar spend so much money on noise engineering their exhausts. The Boxster GTS's engine/exhaust note is about the best I have ever heard, roof-down driving is an absolute hoot and in all honesty it handles within 90% of the Lotus and has much better build quality inside the cabin. Contrary to some opinion here the GTS gets about the same amount of attention and it's equally rare since I have not seen another on the roads yet here in Hampshire. Boxsters abound aplenty yes, but tired old 986s or 987s are very different to a new GTS which looks quite striking with its bodykit. So now the Evora 400 gets announce, dammit! Had it been announced last October I would have deferred my Porker purchase until I had driven them both for sure. I just hope Hethel spent some R&D money on making the bugger sound LOUD and fun, GTS or F-Type style. The solution for me though is to buy the Evora in 12-24 months time and have them both in the garage so I have both a convertible and coupe. I may be able to grab a low-mileage one by then.
  6. Several news sites have announced 350+ jobs are too be axed at Group Lotus, and I am surprised there's no discussion on TLF about it at all. As a prospective second time Evora buyer this makes me very nervous. Does anyone have any insight into this at all?
  7. I am getting a carbon grey SR next year, maybe even the new 'R' model if it's out by then. Definitely the pick of the four SR colours IMHO.
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  9. Sadly I did not learn about the Lotus event at Brands until after I made other plans. Enjoy the drive across!
  10. Ok thanks to the boss we now have a Hampshire corner to play in. It may be worth doing a roll call to list people's forum nickname, real first name, city/town and car. I'll start off the proceedings: Koorby, John, Portsmouth, Evora S IPS (back in Oz) I will edit my OP if the forum software allows it so we get a list of peeps in the Hants area.
  11. Yeah that would be good Bibs, thanks muchly!
  12. Hello all, Just wondering if there are regular Lotus meets in the Hampshire area by any clubs? I am mainly interested in the usual early morning runs on a weekend or organised 1-3 day weekend trips, or even the occasional track day at Goodwood etc. Any input or contact info most welcome.
  13. Cost to ship is peanuts, about £1,500 plus insurance. Yes they cost more in Oz but checking the price of a new Evora S IPS here fully loaded with options (as mine is), is getting close to £80,000 before taxes so that makes the price of new ones here not as cheap as I thought. Plus they don't make them in Storm Titanium anymore I will try to sell it domestically first of course.
  14. I would say Exotic is more apt than Supercar. The fact is that I have one in Australia and the only other one I've seen on the road is when I was on a drive with the Lotus club. Its rarity and head-turning ability definitely makes it an exotic. Now that I am living in the UK I was expecting them to be seen in every town and village, but the truth is after several months I've only seen *one*. So Exotic it is (for me).
  15. Quick question for TLF'ers. I am in the process of relocating to the UK, and I have an MY11 Evora IPS in storage in Melbourne Australia, dealer purchased in January this year and registered with Victorian plates. Since it is a British car built in Norfolk, I assume there are not a lot of hoops to go through to get it MOT'd and UK plate registered if I ship it to Southhampton? I can display MPH on the digital display so I expect that I conform to that requirement, but the only issue is that the odometer is in kilometers. Only mods are the Radium CAI and the Lotus factory sports exhaust. Anyone here have experience with importing a Lotus back to the UK?
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