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  1. @kimbers please get some "proper advice". If they bought the house under a "joint" mortgage they need to inform the mortgage company FORMALLY other wise they will likely be in breach of their contract. The Mortgage company would have made the offer as a joint offer. If circumstances change (i.e. no longer joint) then the Mortgage company will want / have an obligation to reassess the "affordability" of the mortgage for the now sole applicant. Also, if she keeps her name on the mortgage SHE IS LIABLE FOR ANY DEBT/MISSED PAYMENTS etc that may arise and HER credit rating will get smashed. In addition, it is likely the value of the property will have increased (almost all have during the pandemic) then she is forfeiting her are to any of that "profit". I can tell you right now, he knows exactly what he is doing and he is not trying to shaft her he IS SHAFTING her! End of. Please do get proper advice but tell her to stay away of any agreement like this as it will end in tears for sure. Rather than paying for any professional advice I would strongly recommend she picks up the phone to the mortgage company and talks to them about this. Yes, it may mean her ex needs to get a new mortgage or even sell up, but that is not her problem and she probably just wants to move on now. Her contract is with the mortgage company, NOT her Ex.
  2. Oh I agree - I was mostly thinking about the good things "I'd like to see" look better in the flesh!
  3. Style is very subjective. Some would say Lewis Hamilton is stylish. We all have our own view...
  4. Most things look good in the flesh.
  5. Lotus has only designed/made 2 engines hasn't it? - The V8 in the Esprit and the 4pot in the VX220! Just saying......
  6. Do a search on "premium Geely interiors" and you will see a lot of the interior components (and a very similar design language) in pictures. As it seems to be Geely kit (probably from across the Group) I would expect it is very competitively priced and Windle himself I am sure said they had full access to all the components, but they could use their own discretion as to what they took and used with no pressure. What a great situation for Lotus to be in.
  7. And of course you can "optimise" gear ratios just for the 0-62 time too - 1 change needed versus 2 etc
  8. So logically then you are saying the car you bought is not stylish. Interesting point of view.
  9. Go back to 2009 and look at the "overnight success" that was the response to the EVORA and also look at what the launch pricing was (very competitive) compared to what the actual price was. Remember also that Evora won COTY all over the place etc and won gushing plaudits for its styling, particularly the interior. I disagree it was the styling that held it back. The issue was outside of the launch hysteria (that everyone is in now re the Emira) the Evora was poorly marketed and Lotus suffered from, as it does now, poor dealer coverage in the UK and NA especially etc. After the launch hype, nobody remembered the car / knew about it. it was not marketed so why would they unless they were already a lotus fan. It just was not on the RADAR. To back this up, look at the conversion rate from test drive to purchase. it was staggering. So when people knew about. Drive it. They bought it! That was the issue right there. Is still the issue with the Evora. Getting people into it. I believe the EMIRA will be a rip roaring success. It has been designed as a world car, with a commitment to sell it on the world stage. I have no worries about build quality or about how it will drive. In my mind, outside of the Evija this will be the best ever, production Lotus car end of. People will romanticise through their old rose tinted specs that other models were better blah blah blah. They won't be. they weren't. This is the pinnacle of mainstream Lotus car production, of that I am 100% sure. Rather than all of us trying to be automotive experts, when 99% of us really know only 1% of what a real automotive expert knows, why don't we just get behind what is a fantastic product launched by our favourite car manufacturer, that also happens to be one of Britain's best engineering companies.
  10. I don't. I like the rear lights and the way the high level brake light joins them in the middle. No fail for me. I also like the rear full stop as to me it does have the design language of the Emira, especially the way it curves along the top of the diffuser and the two air vents on either side below the lights.
  11. Button was a smart, mostly cook headed racer, and it seems he is a smart, mostly cool headed business man too. He does also come across as a genuinely nice bloke, enthusiastic with the brand, with history going to back to his childhood. Lotus has a history of working with F1 drivers after they have retired does it not, so good luck to them both. The Hammie reference was unecessary as he has always and will be forever associated with McLaren and Mercedes. You could however have referred to the car crash that would have been (and often was) Lotus and Pastor Moldonado
  12. The the ICE controls, the wheel, the screens, the driver side dash layout and the stalks all look the same per the EMIRA and the design of the dash in general looks very similar - all part of the design language? The point I was making is that these components look like they have been sourced/lifted directly from the Geely Group parts bin which I for one do not have an issue with, but people were wondering if it was this and that.
  13. This came direct fro Geely website!!! Look familiar to those of you looking at an Emira?
  14. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    Interestingly this is what Autocar said of the AMG A45 with the uprated 416bhp engine and gearbox. I'll Dual-clutch gearbox lacks refinement at low speeds Rear-driven rivals offer greater driver satisfaction
  15. I despise this! Deposits should be placed by individuals who want to buy a car. I understand that circumstances change, so if they can no longer buy the car for whatever reason the deposit should be returned and the build slot cancelled. Then all the build slots behind that one. Shuffle up one. That's it. Nice and fair and keeps the speculators away. Of course, Porsche being a "greedy" and "snobbish" company, in my very humble opinion, probably loves the fact, secretly, that build slots are being "sold on for a profit" as it keeps the residuals of their desirable cars high and makes people more desperate to do what Porsche wants to them (i.e. to get the next GT3 you need to buy this, buy that) to do. Lowly Ford got it bang on with their approach to the latest GT - but then that was a lower volume manufacture and a much higher list price.
  16. Some people just like to rant
  17. We'll just have to disagree as you are now mixing things up to be honest and broadening your argument from the original point raised, so just end up going round in larger circles.
  18. But that's my point @au-yt - you can't use "generic car market" assumptions, comparing something that sells in tens, hundreds of thousands, even millions, against something that sells in tens and hundreds! You're comparing melons with apples. Yes, they both are fruits. Yes they both can be green skinned. But there the similarity ends,
  19. I don't understand some of the logic being expressed here at all to be honest. ALL EVORA's ARE VERY LIMITED EDITION CARS! You're talking about a car that has consistently struggled to sell, in the UK, at over 200 vehicles a year since the year after launch. How limited is limited? To put this into context, the Limited Edition "special" that was the Audi R8 RWS was launched with a limited edition of 999 cars! Aston Martin built 200 ( a whole years supply of Evora's) of the N400 Vantage, and 252 N420 Vantage's. Evora has ALWAYS been a heart over head purchase has it not? People buy it for the looks, The exclusivity. The fact it is British. And I would argue for the later 4xx cars the V6 with the manual gear box and that sound of the exhaust. NOTHING else beats it or sounds like it on the market. So to try to apply "usual market" thinking to a car that sold in such small numbers is, to me, just bonkers as the Evora market is not a usual market. The +2 will attract some owners. The manual will attract most owners. Will the more hardcore 410 Sport/GT430 fair better than other Evora's especially given that they are +0, not +2 cars? Hmmm, I don't know. Surely "hard core" performance track focused drivers will be in an Exige, NOT an Evora, by and large anyway. Also, the Evora will always now be an exceptionally rare sight on the roads. It will be an uber exclusive car. The Emira will be much more common, not least, as it is the ONLY option if you want a Lotus, so all Lotus cars will be an Emira, therefore, much more common. I think the combination of V6, noise and manual will see demand for the Evora remain consistent - probably around 50 sales a year max. All will be second hand and will be at least 2nd, probably 3rd, 4th or even 5th cars in the fleet. I think the cars that will hold their value extremely well, will be any CUP Exige and any CUP Elise and the more recent cars like the 220/240 Elise's and the 380, but especially the 410/430 Exiges due to them almost exclusively being more track focused, slightly more hard core, driver focused machines with a TARGA/SOFT top for open air fun. What else is there that really competes with these cars? These are a much more, driver focused, "special" than any Evora, arguably including the GT430. Remember, the V6 Emira will start at £75k. By the time you add paint, some carbon, some packs etc, I would expect to see "real" prices in the £85k - 95k bracket for cars leaving the dealerships. That's a £25k-35k premium over a used 410 Sport and early GT410. A £15k premium over a used GT430 with the latest sales being around the £75-80k mark. Then we have top factor in waiting times for Emira's, the deposit holders First Editions will be first built and most will be specc'ed to choice re colour etc. So it could very likely be a minimum of 18 months from now before any Emira's hit the 2nd market, and probably 2 years from now but they hit in any number. Orders for new cars will, if ordered now, have a minimum 9 month wait, a likely 18 month wait given the deposits that may have been placed. So arguably you might see owners slipping into an Evora for the next 2/3 years as a "stop gap" until their Emira arrives new, or until 2nd hand cars hit the market. So again, given that only about 50 Evora's are "sold", new and used, why would prices flop? As for me, I'm actually thinking of waiting 2/3 years to buy an Emira. Why you all cry? (hahahaha). Well simply because it gives me 2/3 years to get the cash together for an outright purchase which means I could have a 4pot Emira, probably with almost 400bhp by then and with flappy paddles, AND keep my 410Sport manual V6 alongside it in the garage. Something for the daily, and something to make me feel "special" when I think I deserve it..... Works for me.
  20. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    You'll learn that the Porsche won. Go and watch the Lotus Guru video's. Pretty sure that is where I learnt it and he worked for Lotus so should know his shit, as opposed to someone like us who know nothing.
  21. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    Lotus have successfully and happily tested the engine and gearbox to 450bhp. Komotec have taken it reliably to 460, 475 and 490 bhp. So it can go higher than 430, Lotus have tested it and proven it at higher, but it all depends on how far they are preapred to go. The engine / gearbox does NOT limit it to 430. That's a Lotus decision.
  22. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    He has already stated, there will be Emira, Emira S, Emira ST, Emira R, etc....... More power, raw performance focus for sure. Base Emira is an all day long sports GT for me. Would be great for someone who wants to do "spirited" touring in comfort. I.e. could see me and the wife touring Europe in that car, year after year. I think with the launch edition Emira Lotus has exactly executed its strategy and hit the spot it wanted. This is a car that to me now out Caymans the Cayman.
  23. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    I do believe the V6 is 394/6bhp so the 400 bhp car, the I4 the lower output. But as time goes by I expect to see both uprated.
  24. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    Surprised no one has enquired about the cost of a clutch change yet It's normally the first asked question from someone looking to buy an Evora.
  25. C8RKH

    Lotus Emira

    Nooooooooooooooo!
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