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  1. When test reports and owners refer to the brutality of auto shifts I find myself wondering what stresses and strains these shifts place on the transmission and further up the drivetrain. A brutal shift in this context is a hard and sudden jerk which must place significant stress on a multitude of components. Its all rather ironic as those of us who (try to) master heeling and toeing are seeking the exact opposite of brutal shifts - we want to match the revs so that the gear change is rapid and smooth with revs perfectly matched for the lower gear being shifted down to - I suspect most who heel
  2. Apologies for the delay in responding but thank you for the information.
  3. Going back to posts of a couple of days ago, for what it is worth, I am rather pleased that my Evora GT410 Sport came with the glass panels as there are a couple of junctions around where I live which are much easier to move safely off from as a consequence of being able to see through these panels. I totally agree with Spinney on the interior colour of cars - I find black roof lining, particularly when combined with black seats and dash etc. trim, rather oppressive and on dark miserable winter days cars so equipped can feel depressing no matter how epic the actual car. A combination of J
  4. Yes - I bought it. Ordered back in March. In the distant background is a blue GT410 Sport and between it and mine is an Elise. I don't recall what the blue car to the right of mine is - I'm afraid I was concentrating on the rather lovely grey GT410 Sport!
  5. This little beauty made me very happy!
  6. Whilst I do not have a GT430 I have recent experience of dealing with Lotus when I went to the factory to look at and finalise the various options and colour combinations for the GT410 Sport which I already had a build slot for. I have nothing but praise for Scott Walker at Lotus for the time, effort and skill with colour combinations and general 'nothing is too much trouble' attitude he has. Jamie Matthews was, as always, very helpful and attentive in guiding me through the 'really ought to have', 'good to have' and 'don't waste you money' aspects of the specification and introduced me t
  7. Suggest you speak with Jamie Matthews at B & C - he obviously knows the area well and takes potential customers on a variety of routes and types of road.
  8. Anything to do with the fuel tank being up front? On the basis that competition generally leads to improvement, hopefully we can look forward to a stunning Elise replacement.
  9. James - rather proves my point - what relevance does the imagined potential behaviour on snow of a 4 wheel drive Porsche turbo, which wasn't even at the V8 Vantage 'test', have to a two wheel drive vehicle which was not being compared back to back? It was yet another gratuitous plug for Porsche in the middle of an EVO article which was supposed to be giving first impressions of a new vehicle being driven for the first time by this publication and under less that ideal conditions.
  10. Interesting - thanks Johnny. Just looking for logical reasons for Mr Barker's conclusions. I am only doing that because, unlike in many an EVO article, the 'non Porsche' actually won fair praise in comparison with the GT3 in some aspects of assessment. Incidentally, have members here read the EVO article on the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage. I was sent this and could scarcely believe what I was reading. The test drive was a short, non comparative session on snow (Sweden or similar) and the author made the obvious and fair point that evaluating the traction and acceleration etc. was not r
  11. I am a little behind the times but forced myself to buy April's EVO mag and have just read the GT430/GT3 comparison test. Like most people I am (largely) pleasantly surprised at the tone of the article and somewhat mystified that a Lotus lost out to a Porsche on steering feel. Just a thought - given the huge (for a 'road' car) downforce generated by the GT430, is it possible that the reason for the front light/rear heavy balance that John Barker comments on is due to the downforce and would that in turn lead to his feeling that the steering was less communicative ie: the front feeling lig
  12. My understanding from specifying and ordering a GT410 Sport the other day is that you do not have to have the 'Halfords' look (which I believe could also be red - other colours may be available). My choice was to match these parts with the black/grey of the interior. I believe this is a no cost option. Incidentally, there are a number of other options, cost and no cost, which Lotus do not mention on their website but a good dealer should be able to advise on these.
  13. Looking forward to hearing how you get on with exploring the car's capabilities and how you find it behaves when doing so.
  14. Brutal acceleration - already 'run-in'!!!??? Just ordered one - now for the hard part - waiting for it.
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  16. Thank you. No, I haven't fully priced up a GT430 Sport in comparison because the starting point is a £20,000 difference which clearly equates to £1,000 per BHP. Whilst I am one of those sad people afflicted by the desire to tend to want the top model or top variant in a range, I reckoned that £20,000 for 0.3 of a second difference in 0 - 60 mph times is money I could put to better use elsewhere as, in real world use, the difference is minimal and the number of times I would rag the car out hard to its limits would be relatively few and far between. To be fair, I have not compared tor
  17. Bruss - I do not disagree at all! What I ought to have added is that the lack of aircon and a decent stereo etc. have correctly been highlighted but have been done to death on this thread hence my inclination to leave it aside.
  18. A storey of one man's journey towards (not there - yet) an Evora GT410 Sport purchase. Fascinating to read the comments and analysis on this thread. Three years ago I sold my 1 year old gen 2 Cayman S because, brilliant car though it was, it was too good for it's own good on UK speed limited roads. To generate any real feel, and to me this is the point of a sports/GT car, you had to drive it at lengthy driving ban speeds. Of course I took a bath selling it but to replace it I bought an Elise S and literally smile every time I drive it - a brilliant car with huge amounts of feel and feedba
  19. How utterly gut wrenching on both counts. Do hope that you find suitable employment very soon and that your dealer will not have managed to sell "your" car in the meantime! As I am sure you are fed up with hearing, redundancy feels like the end of the world at the time but has a habit of leading you to find something better. Keep faith with the Lotus dream and good fortune in your job search
  20. DB9 rear seats are something of a joke - I recently bought one (I've still have my Elise S - honest, so not an imposter here!) and even with the front passenger seat forward it would only be possible for a smallish child to be reasonably comfortable. My slim adult daughter tried to fit into the rear but it was impossible for her to get her legs anywhere comfortable. Vantage vs DB9 - I drove an N430 Vantage (V8) and a V12 Vantage plus several DB9s before settling on the DB9 that I eventually bought. For what it is worth, I found the V8 to be quite noisy so dismissed it as my wife already t
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  22. Heard whilst I was walking away from my car to pay for parking - teenage girl to mother in Petersfield Waitrose car park - excitedly - "look Mum - there's a Lotus parked in front of you" No - I wasn't blocking the mother in! Without wishing to sound sexist, I was very happy to hear a young lady appreciating the brand and chuffed that the Elise S still looks special enough to be noticed by the young of today despite the model being 20 years old.
  23. I remember at the Silverstone Porsche Experience Centre being told that the auto blip could be turned off on the manual Cayman S - no idea re the GT4
  24. Fitted the hard top to my Elise S this afternoon - big softie I know. New vehicle this year so first time I've done this and I won't admit to how long it took and how uncomfortable and contorted I became - after a while I was cussing Lotus and anything connected with it as two bolts just would not locate as they should. Anyway, I finally completed this 'simple' task and went for a drive. Within minutes all negative emotions evaporated and I again realised why I love the car and why so many of us forgive Lotus their little foibles! The second reason for being happy today is that I hit
  25. Until relatively recently I only purchased motoring magazines if I wanted to research potential new cars when I was looking to change vehicles (I now buy EVO regularly) but I have been an avid reader of Hi Fi magazines regularly for years and have spent considerable time listening to kit and spending daft amounts of money on it. The interesting thing is that after a while, with high performance products of any type, you begin to realise that in order for reviewers to draw a distinction between one quality product and another, they end up having to pick up on small details and then make a big d
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