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  1. The way I would describe it is; the 400 is very fast but its chassis and power plant are so composed and in tune that you don't notice just how fast you are going. On my final test drive I went on a road I know reasonably well which has a nice sequence of corners, the 400 just glided through the corners, I glanced down at the speedo as the road straightened out and realised that not only was I was going 30% faster than I thought I was but I could have gone through much quicker. With 'Ethel' traded in I am running about in SWMBO's Type R, nothing like as fast but is much 'busier' so you feel you are going quicker, it's noisier, the revs are higher, the body rolls more, chassis is twitchier and it generally hooligans around the place. The 400 is unfussy, it sweeps through corners so easily, you don't need to brake as much which means you don't have to accelerate out the other side. Because it carries its speed so easily you don't have the contrast between braking and accelerating all of the time. Our senses generally register contrasts, without it our perspective simply recalibrates itself to the new norm. (Think frog and boiling water or James May comment after he max'd the Veyron) First thing on the options list for me was Cruise Control, it is so easy to end up doing licence losing speeds and not realise it. ? Tris...
  2. That is a serious commitment to having a Blue Colour. Still at least you won't have a problem with the colour of the undercoat. When I bought my EP3 Type R, it turned out that the undercoat for Nighthawk Black was..... White! That plus a dodgy paint job, saw the car back in being resprayed in less than 3 months.
  3. Silver 60 Plate Evora heading into Bristol on the Bath Road. And @ms69 Evora at Temple Meads station. Didn't help the wait until my 400 arrives, suffering from withdrawal... Tris...
  4. If that is your criteria then the 400 definitely passes. On my last Test drive passing through a small town, small boys, their fathers and pretty much everyone else were craning their necks to see the car. One little chap was pulling at his Dad's arm obviously saying, "Dad Dad look at that car!" I still don't think it is a 'Super Car', I still remember a conversation with a garage owner just south of Man U's football ground. He commented that it was obviously a connoisseurs car. Not a posing car, like all the Ferrari's and what not that usually stopped there.
  5. Sadly Lotus have come back and said they can't do that colour any more. :-/ So have defaulted back to Carbon Grey. Order now in and accepted...
  6. It is. Very odd seeing Ethel on there, she was in my garage until Friday evening. An excellent entry Evora for someone. May can't get here quick enough... Tris...
  7. I traded my 59 Plate Launch Edition in at the weekend, as the deposit on my new 400. I have had the car for 15 months, and added 18,000 miles to the clock, so the milage is just under 55,000 miles. It just went up on the dealer web site, for £29,995, I originally purchased the car for £31,000 So despite the high milage added to the car, its value has only dropped by £1,000 in 18 months. Tris...
  8. It should come out a much darker blue, the example swatch is easy to mistake for black, but when you put it in direct light you see the blue in it. Was thinking of going metalic grey, but SWMBO is good at this sort of thing and spotted the dark metalic blue colour. Just got to keep myself busy so I don't keep thinking about the delivery date. :-) Tris...
  9. I've gone for a Dark Metallic Blue, (slightly darker than the old Midnight Blue), Silver wheels and Alcantera interior. So just need to keep the expectation under control for a couple of months. Ken from Snows Lotus seems to be selling cars at a good rate at the moment. Tris...
  10. Order confirmed on Saturday, new 400 should arrive in May. Just a little excited. Tris...
  11. No. 54,000 miles and counting, Launch Edition
  12. My Launch Edition, has 54,000 on the clock, and clutch seems to be fine. No obvious signs it is on the way out. (Famous last words) That said if a car has been throughly thrashed, poorly driven that will affect the life span of the clutch. Tris...
  13. I wouldn't say I was upset, puzzled would be a better description. I don't understand why Lotus would want to muddy the waters. Now I've looked at the spec of the 410 and understand what it is and that I don't want one. I'm fine with it. It isn't an issue, but it provided a distraction at a key time when I was deciding what to do. BTW I am very grateful to all the early adopters who bought early. Tris...
  14. I'm in the final stages of deciding whether to buy a 400 or stick with my LE. I saw this posting and my first reaction was, "oh hang on is this something I want to wait for?" Maybe I should consider buying this instead and delay my purchase. I would imagine I am not the only person who has waited a while to see the real world reports of the 400, and feel that there is enough confidence in the new car that I will seriously consider a purchase. I don't mind being first adopter on a phone or operating system, but I definitely think twice about a £70-80,000 sports car. Lotus are trying to attract people away from Porsche, arguably Audi and other 'prestige' marques. The 400 isn't exactly flying out the doors, and there seem to be a number of people waiting to see if the rumoured Roadster is going to appear. Surely they would be better off focusing their efforts on attracting new customers and giving existing customers what they are looking for? For me this just muddied the waters, if I was thinking about buying a new Evora without have been infected with 'Lotusitis' already, I wonder whether it wouldn't have put me off buying into the brand. Tris...
  15. If you work with a good dealer you can get a good price. I am just finalising a deal with Snows Lotus, Ken has done a great job in getting me a good deal. I just need to get my head around, the "I want it Vs do I really need it" debate in the my head. I would recommend finding a dealer you feel comfortable working with and negotiate the best deal you can with them. Tris...
  16. Doesn't involve 3 figures by any chance?
  17. It's cross platform, its affecting Macs as well...
  18. I agree with Andy, The real world difference between a NA and a S is not huge. I test drove both, and decided on a NA. The NA Evora is a properly fast car, sounds lovely and so far mine has been totally reliable. If you are driving the car daily, you are rarely going to be able to explore the edges of the car's performance. I'm considering moving to a 400, if the dealer and I can thrash out a good deal, but if it doesn't come off, I will perfectly happily stick with my current car. Even the jump to a 400 isn't a 'no brainer' decision. The Evora in all of its guises is an epic car, on UK roads which are crowded, it is the handling and ride that set the Evora apart, not the BHP. Lots of cars have equivalent or more power than all the Evoras, very few are as much fun to drive. Tris...
  19. Wobbles incoming Andy? I can't quite get to the 50%, other wise I'd be going down that route... Tris...
  20. Thanks Jaws, Thats a big size difference, I managed to get a set of 16.5" (16 cm) Woofers into my car without modifying the mounts in the doors. Definitely not able to transfer then. Thank you for the info. Tris...
  21. Test drove the 400 with Ken from Lotus Hedge End this weekend. Used the same Test Drive route we used when I bought my Launch Edition Evora. Its a great car! But it also highlights just how good the original Evora was. Noise the 400 makes is very impressive, and a lot louder than my car. But you do have a mute button which is actually a good thing if you don't want to annoy your neighbours. Didn't realise that you could mute the exhaust in Sport mode, but it turns out you can. Not sure why you would do that. Something do with Track noise restrictions maybe? Ride is noticeably stiffer, but not harsh like the Cayman or other 'Performance' cars. Steering is as you would expect from a Lotus, and the overall feel of the car is excellent and it is very, very quick. But, and it is quite a big but, is it £45,000 better than my LE? And that is where I am getting stuck, the original Evora was/is a great car as well, it is properly quick and with the Lotus twin pipe sports exhaust, has a more subtle but, still nice exhaust note. There is no question that I want a 400 and probably will buy one, the question I am asking myself, is do I pay 'Ethel' off early, and get a 400 now, or wait another year and see how the market is going. In normal day to day driving on normal roads are the positives of the 400 big enough to justify the extra cost today? I was hoping it would be an easier decision. Tris...
  22. Thanks for the response, sounds as though they aren't transferable. Don't suppose they have posted exactly what size speakers are in the new car? Who could I ask to find out? I know it sounds daft given the nature of the car, but a mediocre sound system bugs me. Both my current cars, have had upgraded sound systems and it has made a world of difference in the both. Tris...
  23. Does anyone know whether the Speaker sizes and configuration in the 400 is the same as the earlier Evoras. Test drove a 400 over the weekend, great car, but the sound system is still poor. I was wondering whether I would be able to pull the upgraded Speakers I fitted to my current car and fit them into a new 400. Tris...
  24. Was quite hard to miss you, colour really stood out, but made me smile. I'm commuting by train these days, so Ethel is happily relaxing in the garage, instead of being driven every day. Miss my daily blast. Tris...
  25. Parked in the station car park near the main road.
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