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  1. Plan B is exactly what I ended up doing. Got my Emira deposit back, sold the Exige 430 and bought my first McLaren. 570s Spider. Love it. The paddle shift in the McLaren is just perfection and once you learn how to drive a turbo (drop it two gears then punch the accelerator) you’re in for a lot of fun.
  2. I think that was the “other” type 25 here in the UK, the one that ended up on Collecting Cars. Mine was sold as new by Bell & Colvill here in Surrey.
  3. The first thing I noticed was how familiar the steering and interaction with the road feels at speed. It’s obviously less analog but the paddle shift is very rewarding. A few weeks in I don’t miss the Exige as much as I feared I would. The Cup 430 still holds a dear place in my heart but the 570 is a worthy replacement and an equally impressive piece of automotive machinery.
  4. I’ve bought a McLaren 570s Spider. I did have a deposit down for an Emira but fancied a change (and something with a removable roof!). :)
  5. My car. Miss it already.
  6. Makes complete sense if you slap that on a side of an i4 Emira.
  7. Would be interesting to know at what point an evolution of one model becomes a new model that requires all this time consuming and costly validation work. Considering how closely related to the Evora the Emira is, I wonder if they ever considered an evolution (S3) instead of starting again, pretty sure they could have mapped the design of the Emira on to the Evora underpinnings and then upgraded the interior. The only thing I can think of that would have proved tricky is the change to the tub width.
  8. I find it bizarre that the cars have existed at the factory in different colours (and also the yellow one in China) for some time, yet no official press photos have been released, posted on the website or distributed to deposit holders.
  9. Great looking car. Better looking than the Radford IMO. However not keen on all the screens used within the interior.
  10. Spotted you passing through Hartley Witney with some other very lovely cars and then followed you to Alton. Your Exige sounded great, I was in the Type 25 Exige Cup 430.
  11. 6k more than the 2018 yellow cup 430 with just under 10k miles!
  12. I paid 85k for mine a year ago before 2nd hand prices shot up but this is much lower mileage.
  13. You have absolutely nothing to worry about with the engines in these cars.
  14. Yea that one at Autostore is mine. Number 22. The number of times I watched that video before collection! 😂
  15. Only differences are cosmetic but the cosmetic differences are a very nice touch and well executed. Pin striping beneath lacquer, 2 piece alloys, wooden gear knob, decals, interior build number plaque etc. I’ve pimped mine out with a proper audio system, Hell Slow mirrors and the OEM cup holder for more comfortable long drives.
  16. As far as I know only two in the UK. You are right though there are photos of a green car with UK plates along the line of ‘whoosh’ on Google images. I wonder if that was a prior plate.
  17. As the only other Type 25 owner here in the UK I can thoroughly recommend snapping this up. A truly fantastic car which is so rare you’ll feel special wherever you go (as long as you don’t live in the south east).
  18. I had a response to at least some of my queries which I'm sure Lotus wouldn't mind me sharing here to the benefit of other deposit holders: 1) Will Lotus be making photos of the other paint finishes available ahead of finalisation of configuration. 2) Will samples of the light grey leather interior be available to view ahead of finalisation for configuration. 4) Will you be providing a “UK track safe” exhaust option for the V6? 6) Can you confirm what improvements have been made to the auto box since the Evora 400?
  19. Hi all. So I have a deposit down on the Emira but have a few questions which Lotus don’t seem able to answer direct, so hoping someone here can help - perhaps with a prod at Lotus HQ. 1) Will Lotus be making photos of the other paint finishes available ahead of finalisation of configuration or the option to visit Hethel and see car shells in the option colours? The samples provided at the preview event were not sufficient to evaluate how they behave on a sculptural surface. 2) Will samples of the light grey leather interior be available to view ahead of finalisation for configuration. I was very keen to see this but no sample was made available at The preview event. 3) Will it be possible to visit Hethel to sit in a production car to check seat height and pedal position (clutch travel in particular). I did not get on with the Evora seating or clutch position so I am cautious about confirming without having sat in a production spec car. 4) Will you be providing a “UK track safe” exhaust option for the V6? I would like to track the car but the current range of V6 cars cannot be tracked without significant aftermarket modification. 5) Assuming that points 1, 2 and 3 cannot be satisfied before confirming an order, how many days will I have to return the car if I am not happy with the colour, interior finish, seat/pedal position etc and are returns at no cost? 6) Finally (sorry!) can you confirm what improvements have been made to the auto box since the Evora 400 and whether the paddles will be plastic (per the show car) of metal (per the Evora)? I am considering this as an option to mitigate point 3! Final bonus question, how easy will it be to remove the “First Edition” badge on the exterior? Not a fan - would much prefer a Union Jack as per the Evija.
  20. Spotted you in Bracknell this week driving towards the twin bridges roundabout. Local?
  21. Ah yes I follow you there already (lotusforthedrivers).
  22. Saw you driving towards and over twin bridges roundabout in Bracknell. Was in my "boring family car" so didn't flash. Are you local to Bracknell/Berks?
  23. Yea I would expect to see decent size paint and fabric colour samples at the dealers. I wouldn’t commit to a colour based on the configurator.
  24. A run for their money on looks for sure. It’s super car looks for sports car money, that’s the USP Lotus can leverage over the likes of Porsche.
  25. Hmm, Bhp for v6 not declared there. Would be lovely if it was 430.
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