I'm in the process of buying a new 350, just waiting for the registration to come through. This will be my first Lotus however I've owned a Caterham (224 bhp Zetec on carbs) for over 20 years. Rode bikes for 30 years including doing a number of track days without hurting myself.
First saw a black V6 at Malcolm Ricketts open day a few years ago, much better in the flesh than photos.
Looked at the Porsche 718S but when I took my wife along she thought it didn't look special enough. After we went for a test drive in the Lotus she said let's try the Porsche!