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  1. That last "in the sun" pic of the green is the best one I've seen yet, thanks for sharing. That gives me hope that the Dark Verdant will still be green enough. I was very curious about the buttons on the steering wheel as well. From the LOOK of them, being several different buttons combined onto what appears to be one solid piece of plastic would seem like a crap "feel". I was hoping not since no one had yet mentioned it as a weak point. Most everyone's response to the interior has been that the materials felt like good quality, but maybe none one futzed with the those 😉
  2. Shoot... really make me wish they'd gone with a traditional British Racing Green.
  3. In another thread a member pointed out that the Dark Verdant appeared to be the same shade as a previous Lotus color "Empire Green"... been googling for images of that as well trying to picture that on the Emira. I was hoping for a slightly lighter shade of green so its not quite so sunlight dependent, but I think in the flesh on the entire car it will still work. I'm actually a little MORE concerned about the Tan interior color swatch floating around. That over exposed pic that I've seen makes the "Tan" look more like a "Honey" brown... not exactly what I had in mind. The exterior COULD always be PPF'd with a wrap of any color if that was really an issue. Replacing the entire interior with a different shade of brown is not an endeavor I'd care to undertake.
  4. That would be helpful, especially if the real world paint color is close enough to something out there in the wild. Real world photos in varying light would be better than basing it off the configurator, or a 6 inch square tile 😉
  5. My spec in pretty much every video game since the early Grand Turismos on a super car was "British Racing Green, Black wheels, Yellow Calipers" 😁. While the green isn't BRG, I'm still excited to have green as an option at launch. On my last several sports cars Green wasn't a stock option color, 8-10K extra depending, so I've never been willing to go there. Like most everyone else, I really want to see the color in person, as the colors with online configurators never really capture what a paint will look like in the sun, or on a cloudy day. Still, since I'd already decided before the Emira even came out that my next sports car would be a green, this one would have to be pretty shyte in person to dissuade me. I'm waffling on the wheel choice though... my current 911 GTS has the all black center lock wheels, which are fantastic, so I don't know that I want the Lotus to ALSO have all black wheels... the diamond cut weren't doing it for me at first, but they've really grown on me. I had the same feeling on my previous Vantage S... didn't like the diamond cut wheels at first, then ended up loving the look of them.
  6. Seems silly, but its those little details that also help a brand with 'perceived' quality. A well made and "cool" key fob suggests that no detail has been overlooked, no matter how small.
  7. Yeah, I don't think Lotus is going to solve the dealer market by the Emira launch either, I'm just pointing out that its something that enters some US buyer's mind set when it comes to overall value/pricing... "What am I getting myself into at this price point". Its part of why I think Lotus also knows that their quality and fit and finish have to be much better right out of the gate to hopefully assuage those fears for buyers to take that leap.
  8. Not sure on the total number of deposits, but the amount req'd by many dealers for a deposit was $2500, others $5000, fully refundable. Most dealers are saying no additional dealer mark up. The pre-order slots I've seen in the US forum suggests that the original allocation of cars for the US Market would be spoken for IF all the deposit holders go through with the purchase. But many people, myself included, will pull their deposit and wait it out if the final car and pricing isn't inline with where the market value makes sense. In the US especially, owning a Lotus for many comes with some built in issues of dealer support. In my case I'm 3 hours away from the closest Lotus dealer, and unlike Porsche, there aren't a whole bunch of long standing independent shops for service that are closer. And I'm in one of the 25 largest metros in the country. As a brand, in the US market at least, I think Lotus has to account for that in making their product proposition (Pricing) better value than in the UK.
  9. This Exactly. I didn't end up with an Evora the 1st time around based on the fact that the dealer support/network was dodgy, at BEST, and the fit/finish for the price wasn't enough to sway me in the end. If Lotus want to change their sales figures in the US, they have to offer more for less than a Cayman GTS IMO. US market buyers are not going to be swayed out of a Porsche based solely on the "Yeah, but its British" sales pitch. If optioned up the Emira lands in the $110K range, I think many buyers will just get a 911 in its place. No, you won't get the same amount of kit at that price point in a 911, but Porsche doesn't have to offer MORE for the same money as Lotus. They already have the ownership experience and badge cache to offer less kit for equal money and win on that transaction. All that being said, I have my 991.2 911 GTS, and I have my deposit in for the Emira as well. Not sure if it will replace the 911 or be added to it... Wife has some thoughts on the matter 😉
  10. I'd intended to be a Lotus owner with the introduction of the Evora 400... had my order in, deposit in, and delivery of that car to the US was a disaster, so after 6 months of waiting with no real update or ETA from the dealership, I moved on to an Aston Martin Vantage S, and then a manual 991.2 911 GTS. My preference is to keep the 911 and ADD the Emira, and I've got a year or so based on the current production schedule to convince the wife that its a solid idea. Barring that, I suppose it will replace the 911 as my daily.
  11. Congrats David. I bailed on my pre-order mid last year and went a different route, but nice to see some US buyers hung in there. I just had these made for the car I did go with, and the maker can do custom mats for pretty much anything. Like Agentdr8 notes, just have to provide a template off of the stock floor mats. The one I used can be found here: http://www.exoticare.ca/customfloormats.html
  12. From the limited dealer network in this part of the US, both dealers seem to have a couple cars, which they've had for a bit, and haven't yet sold. They were clearly wholesaled to the dealer, not actually "sold" to end customers. Maybe they had more stock that came in that had been preordered and were promptly picked up? I'm not on this or the US based Lotus forum much these days, but checking in this week, I haven't seen anyone in the US saying they've received their purchased 400. Take that for what its worth, I have no data to say how many potential 400 owners frequent this or the other most well known Lotus forum.
  13. From your lips to the ghost of Colin Chapman's ears
  14. yeah, I noticed that as well. I hope the 250 pre-order folks really wanted the exact same car as what was on sale in Europe for the past 12 months. While I still had my pre-order in, I actually inquired about getting carbon fiber bits on the 400 (given that the 410 debuted and it had the bits in question) and was told no, there was no time table or talk of when those would be made available. +1 for US sales guy Good news for folks that waited though, seems the 400 they can now spec and take delivery of early next year will have a fair bit more options to customize, and for Lotus to make a fair bit more coin on (which helps them as a company).
  15. base price according to this article is now 93,785, 4K more than when they first had US pricing sheets. Interesting that you can (if desired) spec the car with titanium exhaust and carbon fiber, etc I supposed on orders going in now? The 250 pre-orders will obviously have been spec'd without any of those options since they were unknown until these reviews.
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