Hello everybody. Apologies up front - I do go on a bit!
I've been in my Evora 400 MT for 2 weeks now and I am loving every moment of it. I've been driving German cars for the last 20 years, the last one being an E92 M3 which I owned for the 5 years. That was a great car, but this is something completely different.
I've been looking around for a year to replace the M3 and I tried many cars such as 911, Cayman GTS, F-Type V8 and V6S, but none of them hit the spot. Somebody at work suggested I try Lotus,so I went to Silverstone and met Aimee. She let me test drive a couple of cars, starting with a Yellow NA, then straight off I started to feel the love. That was a great car, much better than I expected. I then tried an S IPS, but that gearbox wasn't for me after coming from the M3 DCT box. I had my name down for a manual S for when one came along, preferably in Blue. I was offered a lovely Essex blue S by a member on here, but I wasn't in the position to proceed at the time. Once I was ready to go, it was sold.
I remember the reaction I got from colleagues when I showed them a pic of the Solar Yellow NA. They were like, nice car but not in that colour. When I saw it in the flesh, I fell in love with the colour. It was always at the back of my mind, I was thinking it would look great with a yellow roof too. Just after Xmas, a Metallic Yellow 400 came up at Silverstone with a yellow roof. BOOM!! this must have been fate.
It was January, so I thought a deal could be struck. Price agreed, I went to see it and take it for a spin. As soon as I started off, Aimee switched the exhaust valve open (clever move!). What a noise - that was it I had decided to buy it before I left the car park. A big thumbs up to Aimee at Lotus Silverstone, she has been great, getting straight back to me with any questions, even in after sales. So much better than the main dealers I've dealt with in the past.
A dull day for photos. Here it is, before I put my plates on -