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  1. 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:
  2. 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 o
  3. From your lips to the ghost of Colin Chapman's ears
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Centenary Edition is a 2014 Model year. They only made 100 examples, so its a numbered car (for what that's worth). Its a special gradient grey paint scheme, some other nice touches (solid silver emblems that are hand painted, etc). Only 2700 miles on it, got an extended warranty on it to cover the scary BIG stuff that could go wrong. Maintenance on avg through a dealer is $1500 a year (not counting tires), but I have a specialist shop near me run by a former Aston master mechanic, so it will be less than that. Back on topic, I hope the US buyers with the car on order receive it soon
  7. Centenary edition Aston Vantage V8S. 6 speed manual with super low miles. I tried to keep my choice within the small, hand made British sports car family
  8. Well, hopefully there will be many happy US owners of the 400 soon (Brian, I'm sure the dark blue one will be the first into the container ). Sadly I will not be one of them at this point, but I'll still be cheering for Lotus to succeed over here. Maybe a few years down the line after they've been back in the market and they get their dealership communications sorted I'll find my way into whatever the latest iteration is. Speaking of which, any US soon to be owners need a very nice TLF indoor car cover for the 400?
  9. and a happy fat [email protected] you must be! My intent for the 400 has always been as my daily driver, at 10K miles per year on average. So "little" niggles are not so little if you are faced with them twice a day, every day. I know every car manufacturer will have some issues on new cars, no one is totally bullet proof, but some are definitely worse than others. Lotus being very small, its also a very small sample size to judge on, but I'd hoped that with the reintroduction of the car being a year ago, brand new 400's would not be showing up with similar issues that folks had 10 months ago. The
  10. I'd like to believe that, but that conjecture. Unfortunately info out of Lotus as we've all come to know, is pretty bad about sharing. And even a company that communicates very well probably aren't going to tell you what they are or are not doing to fix common issues on a new car.
  11. That's disconcerting, sorry to hear that. Fingers crossed your issue is isolated. I've been informed my car is nearing the end of production and due to ship out beginning of August. I'd like to think a creaking, or prematurely aging seat is not an issue I'd have 2 months down the line in a brand new car.
  12. JayEmm, did this seat creaking get resolved once and for all? Curious if any other more recent 400 owners have seen some of these "niggles" in their brand new cars.
  13. Any update before the weekend Bibs?
  14. So Bibs, did the factory provide any update? I understand the US press launch is "imminent", but I'm more interested in if the cars have passed all the homo ligation and when they will actually start shipping customer pre-orders. I know you guys in the UK feel supported by Lotus, having far more dealers within proximity and the production in country, but I can tell you as a prospective US customer, the total lack of communication out of Lotus HQ is troubling when I'm still trying to give them my money. What is the ownership experience going to be if something does go wrong with the car afte
  15. Thanks Bibs. Yes, noticed that mystery page is now missing
  16. Yeah, i've been told an actual number, 6th car inline bound for US for what that's worth. Similarly, if I get some update, i'll let you know. I hope your presumption of 100's of cars being needed to ship out is not accurate... Must be SOMETHING else being exported out of the UK that can fill those other containers
  17. Funny, but I find myself in a very similar situation. Being surprised with a 112K US (after tax) car showing up with little notice would not be that great a surprise I'm afraid. Mortgage lenders financing a portion of an investment property are not huge fans of those kinds of surprises mid transaction... go figure.
  18. Yeah. Honestly, I can't blame my dealership, as all 3 I've dealt with in the order saga had trouble getting info from Lotus, not sure why. But that having been said, IF the homo-ligation is all done, then Lotus HQ must be able to give dealers/ customers with pre-orders a delivery ETA. Makes no sense to me that some dealers are telling people the cars are built and on the boat already, while others apparently haven't heard a peep. I asked my dealer to inquire again, because if the late August date that they were last given is still based in SOME amount of reality, then they have to have a d
  19. Bibs, Any word on the US spec cars making land fall? US based forum has some people reporting that their dealer told them the cars are on a boat, which I find suspect, since my dealer apparently still can't get an ETA for delivery.
  20. Bibs, after selecting US as the market: Yup. I'm excited as hell to get my 400 (have been since placing the order last year), but that website does more to hurt Lotus's reputation in the US then help, that's what I find frustrating as a newly converted Lotus fan. You hate to see a company you like and respect for what they actually produce shoot themselves in the foot over something so basic in today's day an age as online marketing. ESPECIALLY a small brand that is not going to have the marketing dollars to go out and recruit. For chr
  21. the 1395 kilo was always the manual, the auto adding enough to go over 1400 kg (don't recall the exact amount, but want to say it was in the 40 lbs range). Wonder if the 3138 spec is for manual or auto... If you look at the area I was referring to for the US starting price, you'll notice the explore page looks like its not ready for prime time, so I'm not confident that Lotus is putting up like for like on their specs from UK to US, etc. Honestly, 1 half awake webmaster should be able to keep that site current and presentable. It's crazy to me that Lotus NEEDS the US market in order
  22. How many pounds? The site, as per usual, is a mess, but if you switch to the US site, and scroll down, you'll see a white Evora 400 under the Heading Lotus Evora Range, and the price is noted there. If you click explore it takes you to a page that looks.... still under construction-y.
  23. According to the Lotus website, once choosing USA as the country of choice, it says 91,900 now. The USA order form from last year (when I placed my order) had 89,900 as the price of the car before tax or any options. I'll be holding my dealer to the 89,900 starting price.
  24. That could be both of them. I too wonder what if any adjustment in price there may be at this point as well.
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