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  1. This one? Lotus Exige S Roadster Premium - Hofmanns
  2. Looks a good £8-9k over the cost of the same non LF1 car though?
  3. I'd love to get back into a Lotus and have £20k as a deposit. I'd like an Exige V6 but at £50k they are probably a bit far out of my budget but Elise's at under £40k could be doable. Problem is that all the adverts show a finance button that just makes me fill in a form to get a PCP quote. I just want a guide to see how nice I have to be to SWMBO if I want to get serious.😄 Can anyone give me some guide figures or even what you pay? I've had an Elise 111R for 7 years and an Evora S for 2 in the past so either want an S3 Elise (S/C) or an Exige V6... I'm also anticipating that despite the high used prices of all cars at the moment, Lotus' will stay high due to no more new models.
  4. Yep, I lost £1k over 2yrs on mine. Having a car like that for such a low cost is like having your cake and eating it. just need to try a 240i convertible to see if its as quiet and comft as our 120d when you're on a long slog back home after a busy day
  5. Yep, I'm aware they are different but currently we have a Z4 35i (convertible) and a 120d M-Sport (daily run around)plus a Megane R26 hoon/track car, so my car options are this: Ditch Z4 and 120d and buy 240i convertible plus buy Evora Keep 120d, ditch Z4, buy AMV8 or F-Type as they are also both lovely but have convertible roofs (and we can't not have a convertible) I do like the Evora, having owned one before of course but then I've never owned an Aston or a Jaguar. I know they are quite different but the Evora will be our 'special occasion' car and I'm not sure I'd spend a lot of time really giving that some stick on the road/track. First world problems....😁
  6. Still window shopping for now and have looked at the AMV8 and the F-Type which are around £40-45k. Both have their merits but it does occur to me that the Evora has very low levels of depreciation whereas the F-Type and AMV8 could cost me considerably more in depreciation. That's quite a factor to consider.
  7. Makes sense although there's a lot of typical Autocar guesswork in that article.
  8. I'd agree. More space behind the front seats is of more value to me than 2 tiny seats. The red SR buyer is on here (thread recently posted by him). I'm not remotely jealous....!🙄
  9. Indeed. TBH after 9 years I needed something different and Lotus didn't (still don't) have anything they didn't have as far back as 2009. The Megane RS265 was nice but big and heavy and the Megane R26 is a brilliant little hot hatchback that costs pennies and is as rapid across country as anything but it'd be nice to have something nicer to drive about in too and so it'll be a red SR in a few weeks/couple of months. I looked at lots of different cars but none were a Lotus. Looking forward to it, just got to get the house move done and I'll be there....
  10. I'm hoping to follow you shortly with the exact same car. I had an Evora S IPS for 2 years and an Elise for 7 before that. Despite being away from the brand for a few years nothing makes me want a car more than Lotus. Watch this space...
  11. Even with the excuses I'd have expected the Exige to be winning that race however in other races of this type the gear changes with a paddle shift are shown to make a huge difference over manual and so this is probably just representative of that
  12. Quite a shock. Management fall out I imagine if he has gone so quickly. Shame as he seemed to be good head for the business.
  13. EDIT Just to add, I am sure this one is spot on but when a shit tuner causes you two engine blow ups it takes a long time to trust a modded engine, no matter how good.
  14. Bit slow i did see that but its out of budget. Plus after blowing up my supercharged Elise twice I'm a bit wary of modified engines.
  15. Agree, I just went the other way to you. The Evora was lovely but almost seemed too nice to track and too nice to use daily! I work in London now so don't drive in the week really so can make this my weekend whore
  16. RenaultSport Megane RS265 (300bhp). Ultimately I didn't like the size/weight of it and on track it really did give the suspension/tyres a hard time. I guess I was used to the Elise which never seemed to wear out anything! I'd done the Elise and the Evora and there wasn't anything left to buy as the Exige V6 just seemed to be £££ for a car that wasn't hugely different to my supercharged Elise/ Thanks, that's interesting info about the 50:50. I'd sacrifice the IPS for an LF1 (assuming I still like it once I try one)
  17. I've been out of the Lotus fold for a couple of years after 7 with a 111R (S/C) and 2 with an Evora S IPS. I've already done the Elise thing and so its the V6 I am looking at as its different enough to feel like a car I haven't owned before ,if you see what I mean. Budget is about £45k which is near the lower end of the market but still a lot and not much less than my Evora cost. However, this is less of an issue if depreciation is low and from what I can see the lowest V6s are sticking at about £40k, with little movement. Do you see them dropping slowly or holding? The Evora seemed to stick at £30k for years (not checked if they are lower than that now - edit, no they are about the same) I'm not keen on the fixed roof but prefer the coupe look to the roadster which is a little too 'Elise' for me. Also, I loved the IPS. It has mixed reviews on here but on my 2012 Evora, in Sport mode it was bloody awesome with flat shifts on full throttle and fantastic throttle blips on the way down. I need to try an Exige with this box but based on my experience its what I want. However it heavily limits the cars available to me. That said it could also mean lower depreciation too. I don't want anything stripped out so a std one will do and ideally an LF1 but they are out of my price range sadly. Anyway, lets see what Santa says
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  19. Thanks. I seem to have the only IPS 'S' on the market so that's a good start!
  20. Thanks all for the advice. Coming from a SAAB 9-3 I am sure the 4-Series will be fine. Any thoughts on value? i see an independent dealer selling a same spec MY11 for £40k. Mine is the MY12 though.
  21. The 4-series is a daily driver/barge. I'm not expecting wonders from it dynamically. Its for 'normal stuff'. I want to keep costs down a bit for the next year or two and if I was considering M3/C63 I wouldn't bother as I'd just keep the Evora. Its amazing but just a bit too lovely and expensive for me to feel that ragging it on a TD or using it as often as I do is completely acceptable. I'm really thinking about what I can do to enjoy a performance car without worrying about it too much. The Megane will be a daily driver too and I think I'd feel ok using it as such. it will be a bit odd when its gone, had a Lotus for over 10 years now..., still there's plenty of time to get another
  22. Yes, I think I will but we have the Evora, a Boxster, SAAB and Clio Williams and its too many so the CW was sold yesterday, we're planning to replace the Boxster with a 4 Series Conv as mostly Mrs 111R drives that and style is more important than performance to her. I think I'll change the Evora/SAAB to a RenaultSport Megane for a bit and see how things go, it seems the best daily driver/performance car I can think of. Very few IPS models around and the nearest one is £40k but its not a MY12 car. Still thinking about value now but presently not sure...
  23. With lots going on at the moment in the business it looks like the time to move on from my lovely Evora. For me its been, ironically, a little too good. My car was bought to give me greater daily usability after realising how much time my Elise sat in the garage not being used, But the reality is that I always felt too precious about it and it seemed a 'waste' to have it ploughing a motorway or sitting in traffic or going to the shops. In reality my old SAAB is far better suited to the task. Also I never did a track day in it and worried about using such a nice/expensive car in that way (I know lots of people do). Its also stupidly fast and, as with many cars of similar performance, the chance to use it on the roads is very limited. The IPS gearbox was the perfect choice for me but I suspect 99.9% of the time I drove the car with it sat in 'D'. That says much about how little I used it's potential. Its been a great couple of years but it's time for a change, what to I'm not sure yet, but I think I'll always be on the TLF and 'the playground' so will be back in whatever Lotus serves up next time. Advert going up shortly...
  24. This should be called the Evora Porn thread!
  25. I'm off to Sainsbury's now. I'll park at the back and take up two spaces. If I don't I know what will happen...
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