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  1. I thought the yellow looked fantastic, to my eyes better for being flat rather than metallic as it accentuates the lovely deep mustard tone. Seneca is lighter than it appears in the photo above, but it seems to vary a lot depending on the light. This pic from the factory opening is a pretty good representation of how it looks in bright sun. I was surprised by Nimbus too. It looks a bit beige in some photos, but it looked lovely at the factory. Shadow Grey is my least favourite, but even that looks great with a red interior. There really isn't a duffer among any of the FE colours.
  2. Thanks, really pleased to hear Lotus are actively considering this. So, the bottleneck now for being able to get demo cars out is type approvals rather than the cars actually being available? Does this mean there is a potential risk that the necessary approvals won't have been achieved for the June deliveries to go ahead even if the cars have been built, or are they confident it will be sorted by then?
  3. Any idea what the something else might be - perhaps some kind of roadshow for June delivery folks? I had resigned myself to not being able to drive the car before delivery, but I'd feel a lot more comfortable if I could.
  4. Yup, pretty much exactly the same. Er, apart from the aluminium tub being different. And the front and rear sub-frames. And the wishbones, uprights, shocks, springs, steering rack, crash structure, brakes, electrical system, HVAC and pretty well every major component bar the engine and gearbox. But apart from that it is in essence just a reskinned Evora..... 🙃
  5. Plus everyone knows that black wheels are worth at least 3 seconds a lap 🙂
  6. I share exactly your concerns about the seat height. The GT410 seats were too high for me, and the ones in the blue Emira roadshow car were even worse. I posted this in another thread, but in case you didn't see it I asked Lotus customer services about the production Emira seats, and after a lengthy wait while they consulted the engineering bods this is what they came back with: The production spec seat will have revised side bolster offering increased support. The show car seat is fairly firm compared to the production intent. The show car seat is set too high and will be up to 20mm lower in the production car. The relative H point for the production spec seat in the Emira will be the same as the Evora GT410 Sparco seat in its low position. The seating position has been designed to accommodate 5th to 95th percentile drivers. So, not very encouraging if they won't go lower than the Evora 410 Sparcos and it kinda contradicts what Jamie told you. Seems bizarre to me to have height adjustable seats in a sports car and not enable them to go good and low. I am already contemplating the possibility of having to bin the seats for after market ones, which is pretty crazy really on a near £80k car and would no doubt get into a world of pain with fault codes due to the standard seat airbag and sensors being disconnected. The one ray of light is that if you look at the many picture of JB in the grey launch car he does seem to be low in the car (he's 6ft). So too does Gavan in the recent vid, although I don't know how tall he is. So, maybe, just maybe the prod seats will be ok. Fingers crossed.
  7. Well, it's about the same weight as a GT3, which isn't exactly known for being unwieldy on track.
  8. Interesting. They were talking about 5000 cars a year on a single shift. Do you know what they are aiming at now?
  9. I guess the wait could come down a lot if Lotus decide to do a second shift in the factory, but if it stays a two years there is going to be quite a premium for the few FE cars which will inevitably come up on the used market. Hopefully it doesn't become a silly casino for flippers and speculators as with Porsche GT cars.
  10. I'm with you on this. The seat in the show car was way too high for me with my eye line right at the top of the windscreen. It isn't just a matter of headroom, but also of wanting to feel part of the car rather than perched on it. Lotus customer services have told me that the seat will be 2cm lower in the production car, with the hip point at the lowest setting comparable with the Sparcos in the Evora GT410. I'm concerned this still won't be low enough as the 410 seats were too high for me - again not so much a matter of headroom as wanting to feel lower in the car.
  11. The red would be a real contender for me too if it looked like the renders above. However the sample disc at the roadshows seemed pretty much identical to Fire Red on the Evora and Exige which is a fair bit darker. Still a nice colour but a perhaps bit too burgundy for me.
  12. That is strange - 2575mm is the wheelbase given for the Evora and Emira on the Lotus website. Crossed wires somewhere. One of the Lotus engineers I spoke to at the Hamilton event told me that the Emira chassis is significantly torsionally stiffer than the Evora which gave them a better platform to work with when tuning the suspension. No idea how they have managed that given that he sills are so much lower but their enthusiasm for how good the Emira will be dynamically seemed genuine.
  13. I guess it depends what you mean by a design evolution of the Evora rather than totally new. The current BMW 3 series, the G20, doesn't look all that different to the previous F30 generation and the two share some engines, but there is no question is is an all new car. The Emira shares the V6 with the Evora, but it has a different chassis, front and rear sub frames, all suspension components, steering rack, electrical system, HVAC etc, etc. It clearly is an entirely new car in terms of all of its major components except the engine, even if the external design has some similarities. BTW according to the specs I have seen the Emira and Evora have identical wheelbases at 2575mm? Kinda feels like the Emira's should be shorter given the lack of rear seats, but apparently the rear bulkhead is further forward to allow for space and cooling needed for the I4 engine.
  14. Does anyone have any information on when those who have paid the second V6 FE deposit will be asked to fully commit? The confirmation email only said: "We’ll now start planning the build of your car and will be back in touch when it’s time to complete your order and confirm a production date." All a bit vague. Early next year? And will Lotus be expecting more money at that stage?
  15. So, what chance the i4 FE will have 400hp and 480nm in the UK? Have Lotus ever said definitively that the UK i4FE would have only 360hp? Personally I would still want the V6 for the noise and manual box, but I suspect quite a few people with their name down for a V6 would think twice if a 400hp i4 FE was coming.
  16. Yup, JMG's pricing was wildly optimistic. Ultimately the market will decide what your product is worth - simply bumping the price up and hoping buyers will just swallow the extra is not a very smart sales strategy. On the plus side it makes the V6 Emira FE look very good value. The Evora GT410 Sport I once took for a test drive had a sticker price of £95k.
  17. A man of great wisdom and taste 🙂 Same spec as me, except I'm keeping the privacy glass and going for cup tyres.
  18. Some chat over on this forum www.emiraforum.com that the green sample at the roadshows is incorrect and green on the production car will be a lighter shade. No idea if this is correct, but if is it could affect the decision for a few people.
  19. Useful info, thanks. Personally I'm hoping the Emira exhaust isn't too much quieter that the 410 though 🙂 Did you just use the customer contact email on the Lotus website to ask the questions?
  20. Ok, thanks. It really is wide!
  21. Just wondering where these figures came from? I thought the 1895mm figure on the Lotus website was with mirrors out? 2092 would be Lambo wide 🙂
  22. As I have posted on another thread I share your concerns on point 3) re the driving position. After the roadshow I am sure many others will be the same, especially tall drivers. It is a big ask to go ahead with the order when all you have seen is a show car with perched, non-production seats. Of course I could slip down the queue and wait for the demo cars to come out, but that could mean delivery delayed until 2023. At least I'd really like to know exactly how much lower the production seat will be, what the range of height adjustment is, and how the lowest setting compares to an Evora. I am sure someone at Lotus could give a straightforward answer to this.
  23. I'm hoping it is going to be possible to get the seat much lower in the production car. I reckon for me it needs to come down a good 5cm+ from where it was stuck on the show car. Unfortunately Lotus do have past form for ruining an otherwise great car with a bizarrely mounted seat (see Evora 410 Sport) . This pic of JB give me grounds for optimism that the prod car will be a whole lot better. He is 6ft and looks low in the car with his eye line a long way below the top of the windscreen.
  24. I sold my 180bhp Duratec Caterham a while ago having decided it wasn't quite mental enough. If you are going to put up with something as wildly impractical and unusable as a Caterham for me it would really have to be scarily quick. I'd have another one, and in many ways it would make a nice complement to the Emira, but it would have to be the full-on nuts 620 🙂 BTW I am sure an Emira would leave any Caterham for dead on your average bumpy B road. On rough roads I sometimes felt that the Caterham was at risk of skipping me into the next hedge. On track it would be a different matter of course.
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