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  1. Deposit was morning of 7th July (or whatever the day after reveal was). Cheers
  2. Could you put me in reserve? Planning to order a magma red car. Obviously delivery (and dropout) dependent.
  3. I Googled it as hadn't heard about it myself, but apparently that's now the official name in China. Cheers for that, those are probably the best pictures of it online. Lots of details that you're squinting to see in other images.
  4. This crazy guy may be as close as we get
  5. I wonder if they're now forgoing the phone calls due to the sheer numbers vs the small staff doing the work. Or maybe they noticed that everything they've been saying has been parroted on here multiple times so no need to phone anymore?
  6. Cheers for that, looks to be more than serviceable. Suspect I'll have even more real estate being a comparative short-arse at 5'7".
  7. Personally I don't need much out of a car interior. It just has to be comfortable and ergonomic, and at this price point I like to see some nice materials (which seems to be the case for the Emira). I would have preferred old-fashioned instruments over the TFT dash, though it does give the opportunity to do give useful data to the driver so as long as it's nicely laid out and tells me what I need I don't mind too much. As for the LCD in the centre console, well I think a touch screen in a car is a stupid idea. It sounds like Lotus have tried to keep the important controls as physical buttons which gets my approval (not that they were looking for it!). My overall opinion is; it looks fine. Same for the Porsche. I also quite liked the Evora interior, though the Emira does feel slightly more cohesive, I suppose thanks to them being able to tweak something off-the-shelf from Geely. It may be worth adding that I'm in the minority of people that see the simplicity of the Elise/Exige interior as a good thing.
  8. You wonder where they've cut corners for the price they're offering it at. That interior doesn't exactly make up for not seeing the bodywork, and American interiors aren't exactly known for their refinement or build quality (in fact there are already people complaining about the interior quality of this very car). But if you want a very big engine with comparatively low specific output I bet this will be a good shout.
  9. Hopefully someone can get some better shots (looking forward to Ade's promised video). From this picture alone though I'm quite disappointed, I'm now erring towards blue out of caution as I can't picture what the other's will look like on the car.
  10. What time is the event tomorrow? I'm excited for it and I won't even be there. Having to wait 'til November for my turn
  11. marclurr

    Lotus Emira

    I think the catch is that 660cc 3-cylinder engine. I'm sure it has its proponents but I've never met any 😂
  12. Loving that bit of supercharge whine too. If it's similar to my old XKR there will be a fuse that can be removed which will stop the valve from closing (open was the 'off' position). However on that car the ECU map took the valve into account so in theory performance would be a bit weird, though I only noticed the fuel economy get a bit worse. I guess we'll see what happens with the Emira.
  13. The below is taken from the terms and conditions on the personal configurator page. My interpretation is; you're giving Lotus an idea of what you're going to want so they can organise their production line for the best throughput. Paying the £3k configuration fee is essentially you saying "this is probably what I want", and if you go ahead and order that they hope that you can have your car a bit quicker. I think ultimately they might still try to fulfil orders in deposit order, but it may not be possible if your spec clashes with how they've configured the production line.
  14. I suspect they're going through in the order recorded on the Lotus deposit system. If I remember correctly there was some confusion about what the early deposit holders should do so were delayed a few days in the "official system". It would be extremely disappointing if they reneged on their promise to honour the early payers. The lady mentioned a cut off date of 5th November so to my mind the order of phonecalls is largely irrelevant, but it would give a bit more confidence in the process if the order was perfectly preserved. Edit: how many times can you write the word "order" in one post?
  15. Just had mine too, placed my deposit on 7th July.
  16. Fingers crossed my phone call comes today, placed my deposit around 11am the morning following the launch. That said, it sounds like some early depositors haven't received yet. I wonder if they've partitioned the list up and someone with later deposits is moving a bit quicker than someone with early deposits? In any case I wouldn't be worried, they're not exactly going to start building customer cars tomorrow, if they're really going to fulfil cars in the order deposits were placed they kind of need the full list of committed buyers locked in before starting. That said, the anticipation still gets me on edge 🤣
  17. Tried my Exige out of curiosity. They quoted £36.6k, which is frankly insulting 😂
  18. Pictures rarely do inclines justice, but I imagine turning left there would nearly always result in a scrape on my Exige, especially as the camber of the road effectively raises the height of surface at the noise point. And it looks to be on a main road and blind bend so you can't exactly hang about doing 1mph. Looks like a really lovely place to live though! Edit: And going up I think would be alright tbh, but the nose of the Exige is quite a bit shorter than the Evora, so less likely to foul on the way up.
  19. I was planning to go with alcantara with contrast stitching on the seats as the flat leather just looks a little bland to my eye. I have part leather part alcantara seats in my Exige and they look perfect but they do only have ~11k miles on them. Going to go for the leather steering wheel as I prefer the feel, and it can be neglected for a bit longer and still look good. I've seen some truly horrendous examples of neglecting an alcantara steering wheel, as can it become matted from soaking up oils and moisture from your hands. But equally it can look excellent if kept nice and clean, so that decision really comes down to preference and how likely you are to bother looking after it
  20. We may have different definitions of "reasonably steep" The first day I had my Exige I did lightly scrape the underside of splitter coming off the driveway. I now come off slow enough that the dampers don't compress, but I appreciate that sometimes this isn't enough.
  21. Ditto with a V6 Exige. While I have scraped the underside of the splitter from time to time, aside from a few badly made exceptions, normal speed bumps don't bother it. Getting off my reasonably steep driveway is also fine. I'm expecting no problems in this department for the Emira.
  22. If someone on one of the early roadshow events could takes some pictures of those colour swabs and post them I (and I suspect others) would be very grateful!
  23. I'm interested to know about financing. I suppose it's not something that matters too much until the balance needs paying but good to know up front so ducks can be ordered correctly. On a side note, @Pugwash that's a lovely Royal Enfield in your pic. I sold my a lagoon blue Classic 500 a few weeks ago, regretted it as soon as the van doors closed on it!
  24. What are people's thoughts on having a tracker fitted? It's not something I've ever thought about but given it's an option I'm giving it some consideration.
  25. For tax, my guess is V6 will be between 226-255k/KM. A review of the A45 with the same engine suggests that 161g/KG for that vehicle. So something like £555 for I4 and £1,910 for V6 for the first year. For second year, I hadn't realised but looks like the tax is now a flat rate of £155 + a £335 surcharge for vehicles with a list price over £40,000. So would be the same £490 for both cars after the first year. Edit: Adding source and fixing figures.
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