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  1. Where I live in Scotland I see more Porsche 911/Cayman/Boxster than I see MX5. My comment was somewhat tongue in cheek @OliveJuice and was an exaggeration for effect - however, compared to Evora which sold less than 200 every year in the UK, Emira's selling at 2-3000+ per year will make them a regular sight and as such, as people become used to seeing them they will not have the "noticeable" effect. People are not used to seeing an Evora so it is a rare and exotic beast. McLaren's, whilst every day in some parts of the south are rare sights elsewhere so get noticed. Same with Lambo's and Ferrari's. The Emira will be like the Audi TT - everywhere so not noticed, but most people notice an R8 despite them looking very similar. Porsches, well, a bit like tampons as every @@@@ seems to have one. As you see so many of them nobody pays them much attention (apart for the real GT cars).
  2. We just manage our resources better Barry. You know, the cheques that come north each month lol......
  3. If we had a £pound for every time someone said that....... You've got some cracking weather up here just now so enjoy.
  4. Forgot to mention, he spent a good 3 or 4 minutes trying to open the "boot" at the front! Lol. Bless him. Had to tell him in the end to look through the front grills to see the radiators that cooled the engine. He then went and inspected every air vent / scoop and told me which one were to cool the engine. Great kid btw. No doubt he'll have a blog and youtube channel in a couple of years, maybe when he is 10! The various mothers still looked at me like I was an old paedo!
  5. So rather dirty (just how I like 'em) Evora is sitting in the car park of a park whilst I'm sat on a bench in the sun nearby on yet another bloody conference call with work (yeah, the mum's in the park probably had me marked down as some sort of an evil paedo - ho hum!). Boy of about 6 see's my car, runs over to it dragging his 6ft 17 stone plus Dad with him - only mention it as it was funny to see, maybe you had to be there..... Anyway he is all over the car, running around it shouting wowwww and phwoarrr but keeping a safe distance from it. Then he goes over to the front wheel arch and gives it a gentle stroke over the top of the body where it curves up for the wheel. Right, that was it. WTF I thought! So I put myself on mute (on the phone, not me personally), jumped up and shouted "Oi" - quick as a flash the little brat swings around - "fancy a sit in it mate" I shouts! His little eyes nearly popped out of his head and his smile cracked his face to pieces. Blip blip and the door is opened and in he clambers! Dad looking at me a bit sheepishly says "sorry he is mad about cars". No problem I says, take as long as he wants. Take some pictures of him driving it. No problem pal. Next minute he's popping the buttons and the petrol flap springs up and he's reaching up, lifting up the carbon whale tail (yes, they really are that light and with no gas struts) and all I can hear is "corrrrrrrr, dad, look at the engine". Well 20 minutes later and I'm still on the conference call. Little lad has finished his forensic inspection of the car (including crawling underneath it!) and he comes running right up. Massive beam on his face. Eyes still on stalks. "Thanks Mister, what a car. Lovely car that. it's a Lotus isn't it" I smile back, nod and off he skips both him and his dad beaming away and a big thumbs up from the dad too. Sort of brings you back down to earth as to just how lucky we are to be able to caretake a Lotus and just how much love there is still out there for nice motors. Well lad and dad had their day made. But I also have to admit it made my bloody day as well seeing such a young lad so happy.
  6. It's a form of crispy cardboard some women and even some men (how strange, I know) put cream cheese on isn't it instead of eating meat!
  7. Love your post @Tris... Makes me think of the Emira as the Audi TTS to the R8! I don't think that Evora prices will tumble, I think it is such a "small" market anyway and some people will always prefer exclusivity to mass appeal. My own dilemma is that whilst I love the Emira's styling and design, until I see the road tests I'll not be making a decision as whilst the Emira absolutely moves the marque forwards it moves it forwards in areas that do not hit the mark for me. If I want a GT for daily driving and touring then I struggle to see past an Aston Martin to be honest. If I want a refined everyday sports car, then you have to look seriously at the Stuttgart options alongside the Emira for sure. I think Evora prices will soften slightly, but not greatly, as they are exclusive cars and no matter how good the Emira is, it doesn't make the Evora a bad car! Indeed, some people may come and look at the Emira, realise the Evora exists and swayed by the +2 (I know, I know) they will drive it. And we all know what happens when you test drive an Evora....
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    TLF GT430 Club

    That's an issue with your device as I can see it is pillar box red! Beautiful car @Jean-Francois Desilets
  9. It will be the same in Spain. Good Doctors. Bad Doctors. Great hospitals. Bad hospitals. You are dealing with people and people are the a large part of the variable. Like it or not you, your family and friends are a tiny spec compared to the vast numbers treated by the NHS the majority of whom get an excellent standard of care. So I still call bollocks unless you have evidence, real evidence, to support your pov.
  10. So, Lotus Emira's will potentially be more common than Nissan GTRs, Bentley GTs, Porsche's, Mazda MX5's, Audi RS's! I didn't buy into Lotus to be mainstream so if it just becomes another badge you see every day at the Golf club, at the pub, does that mean people rethink that Porsche purchase? I'm reading and waiting for @blindside's GT4 updates even more. However I could keep my 410 and buy a coxster for a convertible daily driver, something Lotus cannot provide me. I'm not worried now re not having an Emira deposit down, but am kicking myself for not getting into an Exige 410/420 or Elise 240/250 Cup or Final Edition especially if 50:50 was on offer. One of those along with my Evora 410 and job done. Hmmm, where's that Autotrader app.......
  11. @Evotion buying from a McLaren dealer or with the official McLaren renewable warranty is the only option Yes, you do need to budget for the £3k pa warranty, so realistically £5k per year for warranty servicing I've considered jumping in to something else for the next 2 years to see where the Emira goes. Let's see what happens....
  12. Thanks @Evotion and @Simon Batemanfor understanding that my post was in no way a dig/criticism of the Emira. Also the fact is with all that carbon and focused tweaking the Evora 410 Sport is just gorgeous. Did mention the gorgeous carbon? I Know lots on here will be going through boxes of tissues re the cup holders, DCT, digital dash, climate control, driver aids, and big heavy seats etc. But that just does not flip my switches. I can get all that now, without a near 2 year wait, with a helluver lot more performance from a 570 still under warranty. Yes, the 570 is not new but just like with women, I don't feel the need to HAVE to be the first to appreciate what is on offer! My car plus £35k and a 2 year wait gets me the Emira I'd spec today but without the extra performance I would want, especially in 2 years.. My car plus £35k gets me into a dream car today! Hmmmmm. Food for thought. In 2 years the waiting lists for Emira will be reduced. Hopefully the R will be out so a great time to shift the 570 on for a more stripped out, raw, lighter, carbon draped Emira. The Emira is a stunning achievement by Lotus. Just not sure in Launch spec it is the car I'd want and the more sportier, less GT models to come, will make me yearn them more!
  13. Not aware of cars with the komotec 430, 460, 475 or even 490 conversions having clutch/gearbox issues. That's the sort of doomsaying I'd expect from a Remainer Barry!
  14. No idea Barry but I have no complaints on my 410. Probably one of the few on hear who does NOT have a deposit down for the Emira. Not sure it is for me. Love the looks and styling. Think Lotus have done a great job both inside and out. Pretty sure it will be a huge success. BUT, not sure it really moves the game on from my 410 which I love. Been back looking at a 570....!
  15. Well @Evotionthey've already had 430 out of it and it's been confirmed Lotus has reliably taken it to 460. So let's see.
  16. First half, we played out from the back. Really patient. Used the full width of the pitch etc. Went in 1 - 0 up 2nd half the muppet that is Pickford just wanted to boot the ball up the field, with the inevitable result that we immediately gave the ball away and the Italians came back at us and oh, they scored. Pickford can and does pull off some great saves but he doesn't half unsettle his own defenders with a lot of dodgy distribution and his desire to boot up the pitch to Harry! He's a bloody muppet. Well done Italy. Time for the next one.
  17. Bollocks! Saying that the majority of NHS is not fit for purpose is utter bollocks. No issue with you believing Spanish hospitals are better. The NHS could be more efficient for sure but that's a seperate issue to do with entitled, arrogant, egotistical senior doctors and consultants more than anything else. 6 months before Covid my sister in law was in Italy. Broke her leg. Got to A&E and despite having her EHIC card she was left on a trolley, with no care until my brother in law swiped his credit card! Wouldn't even give her anything for the pain
  18. Do they not use the heat lamps to dry/cure the paint these days? Either way any competent paint shop will be able to do a repair and plenty on here had paint work done
  19. The next thing will be all history before 1970 will be erased and the only history allowed going forwards will be about fluffy stuff.
  20. Oh my, they are having to discount them to sell them already!
  21. So that's where the Fonz went to after all these years....
  22. That's what happens when you try to save money and don't use a professional who knows what they are doing!
  23. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    I believe this debuted on the Evora 410 Sport and was carried over the GT410 and GT430 models.
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