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  1. It’ll be a quite small niche market; collectors, older knowledgeable petrolheads & Lotus fans who want something track friendly that’s a little easier to live with than an Exige 430. It maybe counterintuitive, but It’s probably worth waiting until the Emira launches before values really firm up. Even more so as we get closer to the all electric era. Well maintained low miles examples should be capable of reaching well over the original sale pricing of £100K+ Of course I am biased, but remain confident that very rare and interesting cars are an excellent value accumulator. Especially when they’re a real joy to drive & represent the pinnacle of a marques output at a particular turning point in its history.
  2. @dcmpThe GT430 production numbers have been debated at considerable length on this thread already and conclusions reached. Go back to page 45 or thereabouts and earlier, or do your own search.
  3. For me Chris Harris is the primary reason for watching the show. He really knows how to pedal a car and his energy and enthusiasm is infectious. The recent TG review of the Huracan STO is a classic example of his style. His review of the Mk4 Megane Trophy-R in the last series convinced me to get one. (OK I am a long-standing RenaultSport fanboy, but was still quite sceptical about its overall value for money until I saw his review). He also has an excellent working knowledge of the whole ‘fast car’ scene. If he thinks something is crap he say’s so without fear or favour. He has gained a lot of respect across the brand/marque divide because of this. I think his long-standing respect for Porsche GT cars is based on the consistently high standard, drivability and continuous improvements in their sports car offerings over many years. I’m not convinced that he has ever had any prejudice, or axe to grind about Lotus. Everything I’ve heard from him, or seen in print, is invariably very positive, with a great deal of respect for the history and values. But there’s a high bar over new models and why not? He’s a motoring journalist after all and is paid to tell it as he sees it.
  4. Agreed Andy It’s a real shame if you are a genuine performance car enthusiast. You can get on the Porsche configurator and spec one of these up to your heart’s content, (I have), in the safe knowledge that you will never get near an order unless you are at the top of their ‘value chain’. (Long buying history and sell cars back to the dealer network). Porsche say that this car is an unlimited model, but in reality each Dealer will only get one or two at most in the first build run. The sad thing is it is a great car that is specifically tailored for entry level amateur race/track driving enthusiasts. The initial retail price point is supposed to reflect that….and does. But Porsche can’t pretend that they are not firmly in control of the real world demand & supply interface. Let’s live in hope that any subsequent ‘hot’ GT version of the Emira does not end up going down the same road as a platform for flippers and dickheads who have not the slightest interest in actually driving these cars in the way intended. That said ultimately I firmly believe in a free market. If individuals with more money than sense are prepared to pay a significant premium that is their call.
  5. Good luck with the modifications @Bahaddin Ayan. It sounds as if the 991 GT3 RS has definitely heightened your competitive instincts. It’s a great car for you to try and match for time on track. Your videos not showing btw. Maybe try uploading via YouTube?
  6. @Bahaddin AyanGreat action photo! Istanbul Park circuit?
  7. Andreas Preuninger definitely knows how to compellingly “big up” a new Porsche GT car. It looks like an absolute weapon, but it will be impossible to get one at the proposed £120k list price. Expect there’ll be at least a £30k+ premium from flipper’s. Perhaps even more after the respected hard core motoring journalists get their hands on road & track testing reviews out there:
  8. More sun & spray tan needed 😉
  9. Looks rather tasty. Great driving, lap time and induction noise. Good aiming mark for the Emira GT4 in due course.
  10. I sincerely hope that Lotus succeed & prosper; obviously we all do on here. But not at a the cost of key elements of their DNA. That’s the rub that we both share & might become more of an issue downstream!
  11. Perceptive comments @jimichanga However, most of the premium sports car makers (Porsche included) have had their backs to the wall business wise at some stage in their history. How they’ve dealt with it (or not) may be a pity, but ultimately you can’t buck the market. If any car manufacturer produces great cars that customers want to buy then good for them. Seeking to penalise any company by not buying their products because they are too successful is unrealistic and worse than the “anti-variety” concern. Regardless of pricing aberrations, market supply manipulation, publicity hype etc. Regarding the gearing comparisons, the ratios may well be similar on paper, but the GT4’s higher revving engine encourages holding lower gears for much longer to get the best from it. The supercharged Toyota V6 is more conventional around its power delivery at lower revs. In my humble opinion Anyway.😊
  12. Variety is the spice of life. Especially in the petrolhead firmament. The ultimate ownership goal if you are fortunate enough should be a repeatedly big smile on your face. Both the GT430 & GT4 do that in spades. 😉
  13. It’s hard to give you an objective answer. The engine characteristics are very different and obviously have a big impact on how you get the best out the gears. The GT4’s ‘sweet spot’ is much higher up the rev range. Once you get used to it the GT4 is (for me) a little easier to drive quickly on B roads, with less of a need for fine tuning gear selections. As the stats in your link confirm you can get 80mph plus at the top end of 2nd gear & 115 in third. Whether that’s a good thing in a road car is a moot point. Probably depends on your mood & desire to be challenged.
  14. @C8RKH Andy, I’ve hesitated about giving a fuller update as I’ve not tracked the GT4 yet. That said I’m fairly certain that it will be very capable and just as entertaining as the 430. It has taken some time to get used to because the naturally aspirated flat six and the unusual gearing for a road car requires a significant change in driving style. It would be similar to the way you needed to drive the early Honda Civic Type R VTec to get the best out of it. (Rev the nuts off it, but obviously with a little more delicacy due to the power on tap). Because of this with the long gearing you can drive most of the time in 2nd & 3rd gear. The engine doesn’t really come alive below 4500 revs. From there to the 8000 rev red line is absolutely epic. The engine is a revelation and has made me want to get into a GT3 to see how it compares. Other than that it is extremely comfortable, supremely well engineered and I think it looks great in its own functional Teutonic way. The only real downside is the super low ground clearance which takes some care on uneven cambered roads, of which there are many in this part of the world. Am I happy with it? Absolutely! It’s given me a much greater understanding and respect for Porsche GT cars. To the extent that I will probably look to trade up to a 992 GT3 in a year or 2 when the availability is better and the current pricing madness, (cars currently changing hands for £100k+over list), has hopefully calmed down.
  15. Perhaps it is the beginning for the Evora in terms of wider recognition rather than the end. The Evora represents essential Lotus DNA in a mellower, easier to live with format. However, that DNA (very low volume, hand built, low weight, track friendly, British made), is still there in abundance. I believe that good examples, particularly the more significant limited edition models, will trade at a very healthy premium in years to come. In the meantime I’ll happily continue driving my 430 on & off track, but with the additional TLC that a very rare and special car deserves! 😎
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