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  1. Back to topic but I put my deposit down in March and no call from lotus yet! Also picked up my fe elise 6 weeks ago, still no soft top and passenger door handle wasnt attached so wouldnt open!. Just laughed as I have had lotuses before, but they have 6 months to reach porsche quality… really hope that is possible..
  2. Still strange to dial back power on the prior model. I was told at Goodwood and then at the dealers that it would be 418 so slightly surprised as to why they would detune it, but maybe its cooling.
  3. I am being offered PPF options of nose, spoiler a few front bumper or full front clam. My concern is that the former doesn’t cover the front ‘bonnet’ below the black vent grills. Being low I assume that’s quite prone to stone chips?
  4. Hmm, will only go into mine with 2” either side with the mirrors folded! Bit of a pain, but good job it’s a double garage or I would never be able to get out😄
  5. Well mine was a week 47 November build and it arrived at the dealer on Thursday!! Was a bit of a surprise, but a nice one😀. As has been said elsewhere Lotus have no soft tops, so supplied with a Matt black FOC Hardtop with the soft top to follow. I may see if I can get the Hard top sprayed but as I wasnt going to get one perhaps not - Now considering PPF and ceramic. Not an area I know much about. Apparently Lotus PPF the rear clam? If the whole car is PPF covered is there any point in having a ceramic coating?
  6. Its an unusual launch this and they have created a bit of a Frenzy, so undoubtedly plenty of people will have put down a deposit as its fully refundable. I think some will go off the idea so sure there will be drop outs, but I think you would be pretty daft to expect a V6 for under 60k, they didn’t say that. At launch the I4 is stated as the lower model and it starts at under £60k, but anyone who has bought a sports car in the last ten years knows that you can add a minimum of £5k on at this level. The V6 FE will be £75 ish for an 80k ish car. That’s cheaper than an Evora. Most people will expect those sorts of pricing. It still looks decent value.
  7. No comments? surely someone on here is running a Toyota engined car?
  8. What are Forum members experiences on the reliability of more recent Toyota engined Elise’s. I know Evora’s have had some reliability issues. Is the Elise so sorted that recent ones shouldn’t be of concern?
  9. Like all configurators colours are not true. The red on the configurator has a a lot of orange and some pink in it. Having seen the grey and the blue, they are different to the screen colours so I hope they will get some paint samples to dealers by September . The grey looked very flat out of the light and didn’t accentuate the shape and form. Once light hit it it was much better. They have a fancy new paint shop so I had hoped for a few more colours which I guess now may happen given the volumes. Pricing was expected straight after launch, so the fact that it’s not in black and white yet suggests there may be some movement and rethinking, but impressions have been given so they won’t want to annoy people and lose momentum.
  10. I understand 1100 UK orders already…..
  11. I can understand the I4 with DCT if its an everyday driver and you drive in the city a lot. In those circumstances I would probably do the same. But I am treating this a a 2nd Car, last of the analogue cars. Manuals will disappear completely soon so I will stick with the manual for the involvement. The V6 Launch is expected to be £75k ish, so market competitive. I have no doubt that there will be lightened , harder cars in future, but at the moment they have their hands full. They won't really know numbers until sales orders start being locked in from September.
  12. First edition will be v6 loaded at around 75k
  13. B Well funnily enough I am waiting my Elise 240fe and I have an early deposit on an Emira so I guess I have hit the bullseye. Told the wife I had order “a” Lotus 🤥 However, went to FOS and she saw the Emira and provided I can sell a couple of cars game on!
  14. Woodman

    Lotus Emira

    Interesting, they kept the blue one on the stand locked and you were not allowed to sit in it today, car was kept locked. Boot looks quite small, not much different to an Elise. Did they give you area?
  15. Woodman

    Lotus Emira

    They haven't shown an open boot yet and were keeping the tailgates shut. I was told it was bit larger. the photo just shows the space behind the seats. I think the Seat was fully back. The configurator shows the red as a more orangey Pink, so will need to see the colours in real life.
  16. Woodman

    Lotus Emira

    Saw the car at Goodwood today and it looks really good in the flesh, hard to find a poor angle. Space behind the seats is a fair bit narrower than the Evora but as they say, a couple of flight cases and rear boot is slightly larger although we couldn’t see it. The tub is not an Evoras, significantly different. Now building cars development and type approval cars weekly. April 22 availability. Impressive so far.
  17. It’s interesting that there seems a lot of love for the I4. I think its because of the AMG association. If lotus had said the last car would be a £70k 4 pot turbo before then I suspect the reaction may have been negative. The damage the 4 pot turbo engine has done to the Cayman/boxster in Europe is significant. Also - a turbo…. With low pressure supercharger set up on the Elise feels naturally aspirated whereas I have yet to drive a turbo like that. Lag is minimal nowadays, but it is there and there is always that slight elastic feeling in delivery. I have no doubt Lotus have something up their sleeve for this. I have a pretty early order and whilst for everyday I could be tempted by the DCT I4, as a final analogue second car V6 should have a bit more spectacle and I love a manual. Interesting to see how many on here would go for each one. As I understand it Lotus are being very fair with orders based on date of order - Jenson excepted😂. Will be good to see it in the flesh at Goodwood but I suspect apart from tracking order numbers we may have to wait some time for driving reviews. I think the dealers are in the same boat. They expected detailed pricing and specs the morning after launch.
  18. Woodman

    Lotus Emira

    The Evora’s steering is assisted, so no different and it’s brilliant .The key is staying hydraulic rather than electric. I was very unimpressed with the latest electric assisted boxster steering when I drove one recently. There is a date in the near future when all car steering has to be electric assistance only, so its great that they have sneaked in before the deadline - 2023 I think. There is not a lot wrong with the manual box in the Evora and I guess we will just have to see how good they make the IPS. I can see why they have the i4 DCT package as they will sell far more of those than manual (80% of Porsche sales are auto). Personally I have just bought an Elise because I want a manual. I may myself consider the DCT for an Emira even though I dont usually like them because I have my Elise for my garage weekend car. Strangely, the mode in auto’s with major manufacturers is now away from DCT’s and back to torque converter autos as they have become so good. When Jenson was driving it, the manual gear change looked very high, so maybe the interior design has been optimised for an auto anyway. Weight wise I am pretty sure they are disappointed that they are heavier than a Cayman, but it was never going to replicate an Elise’s feel, so lets just see how it drives, if its as good as it looks and retains the lotus like qualities an extra 50-60 kg’s wont bother me
  19. Bibs, thanks for organising, glad I put my deposit in 3 months ago. the view I thought I wouldn't like was the rear, but the rear 3/4 view is fabulous. This is going to sell exceptionally well if it tests well.
  20. V6 for me, we are consigned to automatic or no gearbox cars going forwards so it has to be a manual and thats only on the V6.
  21. Well to be fair I have an Elise 240 on the way and an Emira with B&C and haven’t heard anything. I think rather worryingly it might just look amazing - whoops. I old my wife I was buying a new Lotus - I guess I’ll have to say they are like buses🤫
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