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  1. 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
  2. FTFY 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 12 July 21 - emstan - V6 Sure, but if we know that the V6s will be in production first, then we can work out "positions" for the two different production runs
  3. This will either fall flat on it's face, or prove to be an interesting exercise... With so many deposits already placed and most of us getting ready for the next batch of information in August and placing an order with a 10% (best guess) down payment in September, thoughts will soon start turning towards where people are in the queue... ... we won't know for a while yet, but it would be kind of interesting to get a feel for where will be in the list, so: Please copy and paste (do not quote) the following adding in the date you placed your deposit (either before or after as appropriate) with your user name and engine choice (either i4 or V6). This should give us something to work with - at least within the universe of TLF deposit holders (fingers crossed this works) 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4
  4. DaveC72

    Lotus Emira

    It's an interesting thought... as an example of such a person, I could maybe offer some insight: Sports cars, almost by their very nature, are emotive purchases. There's is very little objective decision making going on. Whisper it very quietly, but some of the thought processes can be deliberately contrary. When buying my first Evora, albeit second hand, there were many options open to me in budget that could potentially have fitted the bill. Most of these were arguably more "complete" cars, but in no way - purely subjectively - did they feel as special, or as good to drive. I am neither a track god, nor the fastest down a B-road - but it did feel better and was more enjoyable than the long list of alternatives I did try. As it was to be a "daily", it needed to be (and this may be an odd thought process for most) semi-practical, and at least liveable with on a day to day basis. I did 48,000 miles in just 30 months, so it certainly worked from that point of view. The Evora was a compromise, sure, but it ticked these boxes and still gave me something that made me smile (read: put a big shit-eating grin on my face), and filled my long held desire to buy a Lotus and not the "pub-chat choice". Yes, I did pay more than a similarly aged and specced Cyaman. The Emira is moving the game on for me. It's undoubtedly going to drive well, looks like a more pleasant place to spend more time without some of the compromises. A lot of the conversation around power, lightness etc makes sense if you are lucky enough that these are your only requisites (over and above the Lotus USPs of handling and ride), so then I can see how the Emira could be missing the mark. And whilst you would expect in a Lotus enthusiasts forum there would be a degree of sadness that these are being slightly side-lined to a more mass market appeal (and I do share some of this feeling - who wouldn't want the Nirvana of an Emira with it's cabin improvements and a lower weight and more power). I'm not sure that this would have been possible without breaking the laws of physics/engineering within a given target price and margin. What the Emira does allow me is to get in to a new Lotus. That looks great, is more than adequately powered against it's brief, is certainly better equipped for daily use. And, for now, it's still not the "pub-chat choice".
  5. What?! You told me it was a Brabus...
  6. @KennyN - as the only person I know who has driven an A45 in anger, care to elaborate?
  7. Yup. And there are a bunch of other useful nuggets in this video. For me, the most accurate video so far.
  8. Watch the whole thing! Easily my favourite video so far, from two people I actually respect
  9. As our resident tyre expert, what do you think of the Goodyear option? I'm a bit mystified...
  10. I know going for the i4 means I won't get the car in time for my European Driving Holiday next year but, let's be honest, I won't exactly be slumming it in my current Evora if the Emira isn't ready, so there's that. For me, this is my daily car and, as much as I will probably miss a manual on a *cough* progressive weekend drive, it will be mostly commuting/ business trips and that invariably involves a LOT of stop-start driving in Traffic. I also happen to quite like the thought of a lighter-weight engine, with that pedigree - not that there is anything wrong with the Toyota lump that I've got in my current 400. I also just fancy something different!
  11. You've just eloquently nailed what I tried several times to write. +1
  12. Honestly, I'm ok with him getting bumped up the line :)
  13. DaveC72

    Lotus Emira

    With you both on this. I need to get my order nailed down sooner rather than later as am planning "Le plan du grand tour des Matelots vieillissants" for Summer next year with my bezzy-oppo in his AMV and the timings on getting the new car are... errr... tight to say the least...
  14. Having tried the dealer a couple of times and got no answer, decided to ring Lotus Priority Order directly. They told me unequivocally that the dealer deposits have already been entered and if you have a deposit already you won't be disadvantaged over people placing their "priority orders" now.
  15. You beat me to this... I'm properly confused. I'm guessing that there will be a proper shit-storm if the dealer deposits haven't got you in the queue but the Lotus "Priority" orders will ... I'm ringing the Dealer who holds my deposit first thing... but I'm not hopeful that they'll be able to give me a clear answer on this. The Priority Orders info does seem to suggest that the "order window" starts in September.
  16. No orange or nightfall blue, so Yellow it is... no black pack. I'm informed the full specifications and options will be available at Goodwood.
  17. Yes. Would have liked more detail, but it looks the nuts...
  18. lol - I just got a reminder from the "Public Relations" e-mail address... as if we're going to forget!
  19. Like your thinking, Simon. Not really thought about seat options... will be interesting to see what's on offer.
  20. Having woken up like a child on Chrimbo morning, I've been sat here thinking of what spec I will be considering, again. Admittedly, this will be all speculation until this evening but.. At the moment, I can't get much past the engine - I'm almost certainly going for the i4 with the DCT. My Lotus posters in the late 70s and early 80s were all 4-pots, so if it was good enough for the Esprit, then I'm bang-tiddily with that. Minimal toys/ infotainment Some kind of performance pack, if it's on offer More road focused than track, so if there are tyre/ suspensions choices they'll be biased that way Other than that... I'm not really sure. Colour... err, probably another Tango Orange if I'm honest... but I've always loved Nightfall Blue
  21. So, if we had 50 spaces, where are the other 81 participants coming from? I guess a bunch will be Lotus staff. Other forums? Journalists? Celebs? Delia Smith?
  22. Same. The OH has commented on my state of, not that you filthy minded lot...
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