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  1. Sorry, totally missed this and I was busy in the end. Did you go?
  2. The McLaren F1 wasn't available in left OR right hand drive.
  3. Was it your first choice for the job? I’m not sure how spreading the load led to teacup and saucer.
  4. Most intrigued by the purple teacup...
  5. Retrofit a front lift? Not sure if that’s even possible on an Exige... https://www.kwsuspensions.net/products/hydraulic_lift_system
  6. You should try the Carlton while you are there! Much more luggage space!
  7. I got B&C to swap out the head unit for a CarPlay compatible one... car already had the front PPF'd. Beyond that I think it's just down to personal preferences, interior and exterior colour (min was racing green with yellow brake calipers and badges and a black leather interior). I think pretty much everything else about an Evora 400 is standard beyond the forged wheels and rear seat delete. I personally prefer the look of the forged wheels.
  8. Yea I bought an IPS (well 'auto' as they call it in the 400). I really loved the paddle shift, as I've mentioned elsewhere and others will no doubt tell you, it's rubbish at low speed in touring mode but the simple solution is to just always drive it in sport mode. The gear changes get progressively faster the harder you push it and it's great to fire through the gears and the auto blip on downshift is lovely. If you do take a visit to Bell & Colvill then I would recommend trying both manual and auto. I personally don't get on with the long clutch on the manual (feels very different to the Elise which has a much shorter travel) but there are a ton of people that love it so perhaps I'm just weird.
  9. If you’re in Berkshire go to Bell & Colvill they currently have a 400 (Manual and auto) and a few 410’s all in and around your budget I think (though all black/grey). Only a quick squirt down the M3 and round a bit of the M25 to get there and Jamie will sort your kids your with Lotus biscuits.
  10. Hi @Gin_Man, are you looking for an auto or manual? Much like you I started out looking at NA’s, then the S then ended up hankering after a 400. Ive driven a few 410’s too and IMO you won’t notice the difference unless your some kind of track champion. From my experience of owning a 400 the rear seats are super handy in terms of additional baggage space, also perfectly usable even by my two youngest on short journeys (12 and 13 at the time). Its a stunning car in all of its guises and I would thoroughly recommend ownership. If it’s not the car for you then just swap it out for an Elise and you’ll have half the running costs and just as much fun.
  11. Saw you in your metallic blue s2 Elise. Sadly I was not in my Lotus but exclaimed “L O T U S !” When I spotted you.
  12. Hi @Stef quite possible I won’t make it tmrw. May daughter had surgery a few days ago and is still very much in need of some TLC and so not keen to leave her at home tmrw morning. I’m away this week but back for next weekend so perhaps we could meet then weather permitting?
  13. I doubt an Evora with 86k is anything to worry about. I think those Toyota engines are bullet proof. Diff engine entirely but I had a Toyota MR2 roadster than had done 120k and drove just as well as the 2nd one I had which had only done 30k.
  14. I don't think they're planning to offer the Evija with a manual.
  15. I believe that the average manual shift time is between 500ms and 1sec so unless you're some kind of shift ninja that's faster than most humans.
  16. Great link which visually tells the story of how some brands have become so recognisable. Evolution trumps revolution when it comes to brand recognition.
  17. Perhaps now the cars will no longer use the huge letter spacing on the rear and the 'LOTUS' lettering there will be an exact replica of what we see in the new badge - because if they keep the wide letter spacing and the serif typeface for the rear that will look all sorts of odd. I wonder if cars manufactured form today will adopt the new badges too or whether they will reserve that for the new era cars?
  18. Old logo for comparison... serifs removed from all the things. Bit of a shame I feel.
  19. Did not see that coming, all flat, single colour and the ‘Lotus’ text is no longer curved but straight. Seems a little unnecessary to me, so subtle many will miss it. What do you all think?
  20. Anyone in? Was thinking of plotting a route to a cafe somewhere in and around Berkshire for breakfast. Have a friend of mine joining (ex Elise owner now in a Porsche). Possibly meet up 7am at Bagshot sainsburys?
  21. I had an auto Evora 400 and I switched to an Elise 220 Cup which is about as raw, manual and analog as you can get (as far as cars with proper doors go). I thoroughly enjoy the manual shift in the Elise but also thoroughly enjoy the auto box in the 400, but I also think the auto in touring mode is pretty useless, the trick is to never drive it in touring. Launching from a set of lights with a paddle shift is something else. I’ve also driven a number of manual and auto Evora 400’s back to back, as @scotty435 says, hard to separate them when you’re giving it loads. Anyway, derailing slightly. I think it’s great to see Lotus offering both for the US market with the Evora GT.
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