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  1. My 145hp Caterham Superlight with the Caterham close ratio 6 speed box is properly mental..... I'm going AMG (or nothing, as giving up said mental 7 would be a total kick in the nuts at this time) but I am concerned that the V6 version won't necessary have the performance to back up the looks. It's the same power train as the Evora and that means 2nd gear goes beyond the legal speed limit.... It will still be a fast car, particularly on a track but I would be surprised if it's considered scary by anyone.
  2. I had a ride in a gt430 at the weekend but even after that I'm AMG or nothing. Ive had the V6 in 2 lotus already and I'm not going to buy a third with the same powertrain. If 'autumn 22' has become 'January 23 at the earliest' I'm coming close to pulling my deposit. Still, no final decisions until I see the car for myself next month. Edit: I wonder if Lotus are having problems with the AMG installation. The lady who called me 10 days ago did say they hadn't finished testing. I thought that was a slip of the tongue but perhaps there is more to it than that.
  3. @C8RKHI don't think Lotus marketed the Evora at all, let alone the 410 sport. You could also see the 410 sport and similar models as an admission by Lotus that the Evora had failed. Personally I can see the appeal in one (apart from the angle of the seats) but I am in the hard-core minority and that's not who Lotus need to sell the Emira to.
  4. I shall do just that. The Evora isn't raw. Exige/Elise/Caterham - those are raw cars and there's a definite time and place for one of them. However, the Evora was meant to be an everyday, practical Lotus, with semi-exotic looks while delivering the traditional Lotus driving experience. I loved mine, although perhaps not as much as my previous Exiges... But, by the time I sold it, I had enough of the easily scratched leather and slow and frequently in need of resetting stereo. The mash up powertrain and noisy clutch. Second gear that went beyond the legal speed limit. The windscreen that took 10 minutes or more to clear in the station car park 6 months a year. An average 20MPG; and quite a lot less than that if it didn't get a run on a tank. Nowhere apart from the passenger seat to put my coffee cup on the way to the station 😉. The fact that my 5'2" wife couldn't drive it as she couldn't fully depress the clutch pedal! It was still epic to drive, made a fantastic noise, properly fast, amazing ride, supercar looks. Seeing the supercharger actuator in the rear view mirror never grew old. I'd tell anyone in the market to buy one and it did deserve to do better in the market than it actually did, in my humble opinion. It's miles more of an event than your equivalent 911. But there's loads of reasons why Lotus didn't sell many of them and the hardcore relatively few people who would put up with the downsides rather than just marching off to the nearest (and much nearer in all likelihood) OPC to put down a deposit on a 911 was insufficient to sustain the business. Hopefully the Emira solves my personal issues above, while still looking like a supercar, being fantastic to drive and delivering junior supercar performance AND at the same time returning a profit to the company. I'm very excited for more information on the AMG powertrain. I'm not 100% certain I will take up my place in the queue, but that's for reasons unconnected to the car itself. I tested an M2 last year. Never been more disappointed in a car. The ride. 💩
  5. I sold mine a couple of months ago through Silverstone. I had advertised it on pistonheads privately for a couple of months beforehand, but ultimately Aimee returned more money to me than selling privately and the buyer gets the protection of a warranty, inspection etc. It's very hard to sell 50k cars privately unfortunately. I'd be surprised if WBAC are on market for the Evora, when I put mine in a few months ago they were under by 15k.
  6. Everyone knows that farts are funny. My megane does it. The kids love it and I think it's hilarious every time. Only had it 6 months though.
  7. In similar circumstances, I said I wanted to at least see the car before deciding anything further and she said that was fine and suggested she would call me back in the last week of October. At that point I'll probably say I want to know AMG pricing before committing to either, assuming Lotus haven't provided any further information before then. I pressed her on the AMG but she dead batted it away and said that further information would be provided 'soon, once they finished testing'. No information about finance offerings currently either .
  8. Somewhat surprisingly, me too! But I want to at least see the car before doing anything further; and really I'd like to know the price of the AMG before making a decision
  9. EDIT: going to the configurator it seems that an I4 first edition is indeed available, in Autumn 2022. That works for me...
  10. I'd take an I4 FE at 70-72kish. Is that actually possible though? Guess that's a chat to have when Lotus call... @TomEif it's right that touring will still suit the occasional TD then that sounds like a winner for 90% of people. Watch 90% of people spec sport anyway!
  11. You can choose the engine currently in the configurator, which only seems to be showing first edition options... I am strongly leaning towards the amg myself, assuming it's available in FE form. And is cheaper. It's going to be the faster car imo.
  12. Pleased to see the first Edition is indeed fully loaded. Blue with the ice grey leather for me at the moment... All about pricing now.
  13. All the colchester slots have gone, I got timed out of the site while waiting for a guest to confirm!!
  14. I'll happily cancel the Colchester date if Silverstone have a separate event for deposit holders. I want to take my time and have a chance to sit in the car!
  15. I've booked to go to my local one in Colchester but I'm on Silverstone's list as an early deposit holder. Hopefully that won't be a problem... Frustratingly, Aimee couldn't give me the date that Silverstone were getting the car even 48 hours ago!
  16. That car is 10k overpriced. Mods add no value really. If it were 55kish it probably would have sold this summer
  17. I'm 90% going with the AMG. I've had the V6 in 2 consecutive Lotus' now so I am leaning to trying something else. The V6 is a good engine, the Lotus exhaust system makes a great noise and I wouldn't put people off if that was the way they wanted to go. However it's not a perfect powertrain. I'd put money on the low RPM gearbox noise not being resolved; though I haven't driven a GT410 Evora and perhaps they solved it with that car... In addition, if the box uses the same ratios as in the 400 then second gear will take you past 70MPH and it's pretty much on its torque limit out of the factory. I'd be far more interested in the V6 if Lotus confirmed it used a different clutch and gearbox.
  18. I'm impressed by your continuing efforts to generate traffic given the ongoing lack of new information on the Emira. I'd take a Megane 275 trophy and a Caterham superlight and buy the Emira with the change. Wait a minute...
  19. Well, it took a little time but Silverstone sold my car last week, at very close to the advertised price. Seems like the market for the 400 remains pretty strong, indeed I'm not sure there are any 400s actually available in the main dealer network at the moment (looking on pistonheads anyway).
  20. 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 19 May 21 - Gashead1105 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 9 June 21 - Lavazza - undecided 7 June 21 - MarkWilliams1 - Undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 29 June 21 - greg/valetpro - Not decided which engine yet. 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual 7 July 21 - LotusAmateur - UK - undecided 7 July 21, 15:45 -Emiralust - UK - V6 Manual 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual 8 July 21, 16:34 - JimH - i4 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 9 July 21 - Speedluvver - i4 (most likely) 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6 12 July 21 - Denno - i4 (most likely) 15 July 21 - nohl2678 - V6 (I hope! 16 July 21 - Frickin Idiot AMG / V6
  21. Depends what else it comes with. I really like adaptive cruise and, tbh, the speed limiter on my wife's mazda was ideal for the m25 in heavy traffic and variable speed limit changes earlier in the week. If it's the entire volvo system, which basically drives itself on the motorway in my experience, I'd take it - although I want a launch Edition anyway so will have if it comes with that....
  22. What, in addition to the bins in the door that hold a 500ml bottle and the cup holders in the middle? How much coffee does one man need?!
  23. I've been looking at 981 GT4s for a year or two... If I'm honest though, having bought a Caterham and a Megane trophy in the past 10 months, the Evora was already up for sale before the Emira was announced and if I hadn't liked it I would've carried on without a Lotus in the garage until it was time for the Caterham to be changed.
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