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    Now: Evora LE. Incoming: Emira LE. Previous: Elise S1 x 2, Elise S1 111S, Elise S2, Elise S2.5 SC, Evora NA, Evora NA IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora 400
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  1. Hello again. I just had (with the last hour) a call from Alex at Lotus Customer Care. This was a call to confirm again that the first cohort of deliveries would now be September. He also said that his part of the organisation had pitched the idea that delayed customers might be allowed to make specification changes without further delay. However, he reported back the news that they are holding the line that any spec change (however small or large) pushes back in the queue. E.g. for this cohort any change would push delivery back to 2023. Additionally, i4 FE deliveries have been scheduled for Jan-Mar 2023, so if e.g. an early order (like me) switched from V6 to i4 then the delay would be to April (or possibly March) 2023. (My spec is auto, verdant, tan, touring, diamond cut, no bp . . . but like many I waver between verdant and nimbus so had asked about the colour change. I'll stick with verdant for now, given that my Evora is quartz silver which is kind of nimbus-ish.) Hope info (not very informative info of course) is useful. Cheers, D.
  2. Hello! Sorry to jump in as a very rare poster but (as you might guess) occasional lurker. For background, I am a relatively early deposit holder notified that I am approximately number 60. (I think that's reasonably early?) I just a very nice chat with the Customer Relations people. The information given was that "first wave" orders (which includes me) which were originally June delivery are now September. I specifically enquired about delays for automatic gearboxes and the response was that for that first wave of deliveries, the delay (of another couple of months) applies to both manual and automatic transmissions. There's no specific information given to the comms people about auto delays. (I've had five Evoras: short-ratio manual, long-ratio manual, IPS, S IPS, and 400 Auto . . . and the gearbox chatter [plus heavy clutch, terrible change, dodgy ratios] on the gearbox drives me so bonkers that it has to be auto for me . . . unless they can guarantee that they've fixed it all! I've got an early LE manual which I can always keep.) So there you go! Delays for all early adopter until September. If it makes anyone feel better, I have a 992 Targa 4 arriving this month (just built, on its way) that was delayed by about a year from original scheduled date . . . . . so hey Porsche can be even worse with delays! Have fun everyone, David PS Alex at customer relations on the phone was super friendly, helpful, and honest. Thanks Alex if you read these things.
  3. Tom, is that post a little earlier in the thread a picture of Nimbus Grey? (The post just before the picture of the very dark blue.) Cheers, D.
  4. Apologies for being a bit of a lurker here. I enquired about this a while back (I am early deposit holder down for Verdant, I was enquiring about changing to Nimbus without delaying delivery) and the reply of Customer Care was this: They told me to use the configurator. This was 27 January 2022 reply. I decided to stick with my original config (Verdant, Tan, Auto, Touring, No Black Pack, Diamond Cut). Itching to see real photos! Apologies if this is information is already out there. Cheers, David
  5. I saw it in this very thread! Long term lurker here. Just like Dave (given that I'm a David too) I've had nine Lotuses . . . and this will make my fifth Evora. Not sure if that's a record quite yet. Also my oldest Evora . . . but I'm odd since I preferred NA and in particular NA IPS to my 400! I'm without a regular car (other than a Defender) for a while, and waiting for an Emira, and decided to jump into an Evora one last time while I wait. (My Emira deposit was beginning of June 2021, so hopefully that makes me early-ish in the list.) This means that Dave's Evora is likely with me for only six months . . . so keep in touch if anyone wants it when either the Emira or a 718 Spyder (sorry, I'm broad in preferences) arrives. If not, then you'll doubtless see Silverstone's Aimee or Matt retailing it for me when I've taken Emira delivery! (I was holding out for an IPS, but just got swayed by having already seen Dave's thread on his awesome work.) Cheers everyone, D.
  6. C'mon Paul we want to know more about the possible purchase! Colour? BTW my second Evora (the white one that matched your earlier one) was missing the premium pack and so cloth back seats. I thought I'd miss them (my original had oyster premium interior) but in the end I didn't miss them at all; the cloth back seats worked fine. So let's hear about the colour, wheels, etc? Photo?
  7. The silver 400 at B-and-C is not mine. My silver 400 had a one-off colour and a few other things. It sold via Silverstone but then sold again via Hoffmans, with the new owners putting on a black pack, so now likely looks like most others. Paul is right: I found the 400 steering and ride compromised, and ended up preferring the S1. I had two earlier NAs, and ended up back to Paul's S1 S IPS. Non-S S1 is easily the best drive, but newer S1s are all S. IPS gear ratios are the best match with the car. Sadly my ex-Beady S1 is now back up for sale at Silverstone . . . finally my elder daughter grew too big (she's now 13) to fit in the back seats (the 400 is better for that) and so I can no longer use an Evora as a daily driver. Plus I've let go of both my S1 Elises . . . my garage is out of use soon! So Beady . . . once the Evora is gone I will really need a 111R in a nice shade of blue . . . surely you are bored of yours by now???
  8. Hi. AU60AYH used to be my car, but it has been through at least two owners since then. My first Evora! Love the car. It had quite a bit of niggle repair work via Silverstone when I had it, to deal with early Evora leaks. Got sorted completely. But then I moved from it to an S1 IPS, probably in around 2014. Silverstone sold my car, and ruined the wheels by turning them black! I have a file of pictures from my ownership. Since then I've been through a 400 (discussed on here a couple times; Mercedes silver one) and currently my S IPS in nightfall blue is up for sale at Silverstone; and indeed both my Elises are for sale with them too. (I want to keep one of them, though.). Any questions about any of my cars feel free to drop me a line. Cheers, D.
  9. Ah! I see that Paul has prompted me to say hello! Indeed, Paul's old car is now here; my fourth Evora. And Paul is completely nuts to have sold it, because it's so clearly the perfect Evora. Indeed, I missed out on exactly the same car back in November 2013 when it was up for sale briefly at Paul Matty's, and so I ended up with my white NA IPS. I've been looking out for it since! I went Evora Manual -> Evora IPS -> Evora 400 Auto -> Evora S IPS. But as noted on another thread, the 400 just wasn't for me. And I much prefer the IPS/Auto ratios and lack of gearbox chatter. I agree that the new Auto is a step up from the IPS. But given a choice between my 400 and the S IPS, even at the same price point, I'd take the S IPS. As mentioned elsewhere, the 400 has lost the fluidity of the S1. In fact, Paul's car wasn't quite as fluid as my old IPS when I first drove it. But now I have it on my 18/19 (winter) wheels and tyres rather the 19/20, and it's now near perfect. The exhaust sound is less brash, the interior feels so much bespoke, the Recaro seats so much more comfortable than the squeaky Sparcos. I'll miss the 400's extra rear seat space for my kids, and I recognize that for the vast majority people the 400 manual > S1 IPS. But Aimee was exactly right in saying that we got the shoe that fits now. Good luck to the new owner (Richard, I think) of my (not very old) 400! Also I think Aimee's found someone for my NA IPS and so it looks like I'm back to just one Evora! (But still 2 x Elises . . . ) Cheers, David
  10. For anyone who is interested, I dropped my silver 400 off with Aimee at Silverstone this morning so (in a totally self interested plug) do go see her! In the interest of fairness, I should say that Matt and Aimee do seem to have gone from limited Evora stock to a nice selection so now is probably a really good time to go see them for anyone exploring the Evora world. (Just make sure you choose the silver one ;-) ) Cheers, David
  11. Yup!! I really just want to buy a new version of my old car! But a manual only if they got rid of the transmission grinding noise . . . that's what sent me to IPS/Auto!
  12. Comparing to a NA Evora. I've had two NA Evoras: a manual with the close ratio box, and an IPS. Hey, I have odd preferences, I admit it . . . . .
  13. Yup, Silver Evora advertised at Silverstone is mine . . . and indeed up for sale so soon! I guess I'm unlike most, because I found that I prefer the S1 Evora to the 400. The 400 is sharper, but loses ride comfort and fluidity because of this, and so the S1 is a better daily driver. I think I'm almost the only person who prefers the sound of the S1 to the 400. So . . . it's a planned move back to an S1 for me. I'd keep it if it were a weekend car, but I have a couple of Elises in the garage for that. (It seems I have 2 x Evoras and 2 x Elises at the moment, do I get a special TLF prize???) A shame because the colour scheme of my 400 is really close to perfection . . . Essex blue + red alcantara is the ultimate, but that Merc silver is definitely nicer than signature silver. Works brilliantly. Any questions, give me a shout, or talk to Aimee. Cheers, David PS Plate is now L400EVR which is vaguely indicative of Lotus 400 Evora, so if any 400 pilot is interested in the plate then drop me a line!
  14. Very nice Ewan . . . . . . it would have looked good parked next to my Elise!
  15. Apologies for being a forum lurker and first time poster; although I know a few of the people who post here so "hello" to them. This is just a heads up that my old Evora will be coming up for sale with Aimee at Silverstone, and I'm very happy to answer any questions about it. It's my second Evora. 2012 (MY11) IPS with sport + tech in Aspen White with 35k miles, sports exhaust, diamond-cut-style forged wheels. (Silver cast wheels available if preferred . . . they currently are holding my winter tyres.) It replaced a 2010 Canyon Red three years ago, but is now making space for the Silver 400 Auto from earlier in the thread. (Really, I should have bought Neal's Green 400 Auto to match my LRG S1 Elise . . . . oh well!) I thought I'd let the forum know since it highlighted the silver B+C car for me!! Cheers, David
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