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  1. I have a 21 GT and live in the US, I visited a dealer a few weeks ago, they were estimating around 700 2021 GT’s came to the US vs closer to 500 in 2020. They are NOT 100% sure on the exact numbers for those years. They said the only remaining 2021’s that are available are what are sitting at dealerships. They are worried they might not have a new Lotus for their inventory until sometime in 2023. They feel all of 2022 will be for filling orders. I think the GT is kinda between the GT430 and the GT410. We do not get Ohlins or the 430 front end. But do get the CF rear ended, front vents & carbon inside. I was told the GT’s suspension setup is different from the 410 that was sent stateside and is also different vs the 400, but no clue on the exact differences between the cars.
  2. Thanks for the info! The shop quoted me FIFTEEN HOURS to swap the sub, at $100 a hour! I thought there is no way it could be that labor extensive!
  3. How long does it take to replace the sub? I went to a shop today to discuss upgrading the stereo and the time they told me to replace the sub seemed ridiculous! that being said, plywood is a BAD choice for a speaker enclosure, use MDF I read somewhere that a shop reinforced the oem enclosure, I am not sure exactly what they did to reinforce it. Possibly something as simple as sound deadening material inside the box then some poly fill?
  4. Kinda funny with this funeral talk.... I met my wife at my funeral home and she hates my lotus, purchased the GT early March. She just doesn’t get it.... last week I went to the grocery in my evora, as I was leaving a young and very attractive blond girl parked a few spots away, she got out of her vehicle as I was putting stuff away. She said this car is so 47%*4&3 hot... I usually park on the other side of the lot but I had to check to car out. My response was thanks... and I wish my wife felt that way... she got a good laugh... when I went home and told my wife, she’s like no...
  5. Here is a pic of my GT
  6. Similar story here.... loved the Esprit for 35 or so years...just last week I finally have a Lotus in my garage. Living in the states I have a new 2021 GT, truly an amazing car! I was debating on getting a esprit but was worried I couldn’t drive it reliably like I want to, kinda daily driver with some track days and the old esprit really had me worried. JayEmm is actually who turned me onto the evora i take my GT in for it’s 1,000 mile first service this week, have a few small issues but no regrets. The sound this car makes and the way it feels is truly amazing!
  7. Esprit - always wanted one, just worried trans is to weak to properly use car and it’s to old/fragile for daily use elise/exige - worried the car is a bit to hard core for a daily driver, i still play soccer/football at 50+, worried about getting in the car after a good game. Giulia QV -really liked driving the car, worried about expensive repairs and didn’t need a 4dr sedan. Poor dealer network for a mass market brand evora wasn’t really on my radar, was never a big fan of the early evora’ s. JayEmm’s video’s really peaked my interest on the car as well as pretty much every other review. Put a deposit on a new GT (I do live in the USA) last week!
  8. If it was me, I wouldn’t trust them, tires are cheap, fixing a car due to a blowout can be quite expensive. 7 years is the longest I would trust a tire, beyond that and bad things can happen actually several years back I was driving my hearse to the airport to pick up a client, fortunately I wasn’t loaded. One tire on my hearse blew its tread, took some body panels with it. Tires were 8yrs old, always garage kept and less then 20k miles of use, At that time I was swapping tires every 10 years, now I am following RV recommendations and swapping tires at 7yrs. due to lack of snow where I live, I prefer summer + all weather over summer and snows
  9. Also like to see before/after chart, impossible to know the actual gains without a before and after run
  10. According to Lotuscars.com front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm)
  11. Being a “Mercan” I take offense to that we do not have a team in every state, that’s why it’s the World Series..... if there was a team in every state obviously it would be called something different ..... like universe series. seriously though, pretty crazy some of the crap that goes on here.... baseball has always been one of the least favorite sports and I never understood why the final game is called what it is. ps- presently RV shopping (American Eagle or Tradition) to pull my jeep and a yet to be purchased Evora
  12. HethelSport lists the following on their site “Our latest item, Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar Drop-link Kits will be available soon too!” not a clue when it will be ready, price and all that.
  13. Have you ever owned a white car? Man do believe it’s hard to keep clean. It’s actually a LOT easier to keep clean vs dark colors, especially black. I have never liked red wheels on cars.... saw a white GT with red wheels at Gator MS, wow did it look incredible!
  14. Living in the states.... those “jokes” about Americans and straight roads is true, usually that road is 1/4 mi long. Thus you have the camaro, mustang and a few others. The majority w/o a doubt are into drag racing, it’s a American thing like those super boring american sports like NASCAR & baseball. We do have some incredible twisty roads however the vast majority, want straight line speed. In regards to the 400 front end vs others.... for me the first gen of the evora did nothing to me, it wasn’t until the 400 was released that I was interested in the car. I did see the US spec GT with the 430 nose, it looked great however to me it wasn’t as big of a change/improvement going from the first gen evora to the 400. I have also never been a fan of black wheels, as stated it looks like a black hole. Same can be said about black cars, also never been a fan. To each their own.... ‘’what really surprised me was how good a white evora GT (it’s all we get here in the states as you know) looks with red wheels. Gator Motorsports in Indianapolis Indiana has a white Wih red wheels GT, it looked pretty amazing..,l I wasn’t expecting I would like it at all.
  15. Sounds nothing like the music I play at my Funeral home! lol
  16. NC25T

    TLF GT430 Club

    Really sad that people are getting their parties in a wad with the US spec GT being posted here especially with all the work and money that’s been dumped into it. yea technically it’s not one but who really cares..... then again I live in the states and hope to get a GT this spring since that’s our only option.
  17. NC25T

    TLF GT430 Club

    I watched the 5min version of the head 2 head video, for those of us who do not have the paid motor trend channel I think it’s all we can presently watch. the 5 min version was pointless, not worth watching. Camaro threw a belt before anything could be tested. Hopefully the long version will be available for everyone to watch soon
  18. I have read that before, I just wonder how much of it is lotus marketing.... or if the GT/430 wheel are vents make up the bulk of the additional front downforce? &/or if adding a splitter to the 400 front end would balance the 430 spoiler.
  19. How much more downforce does the CF GT bumper create vs our US spec front end?
  20. NC25T

    TLF GT430 Club

    Thanks....so it’s their laters version of a slotted rotor which is what I figured many do state drilled crack, I had AP Racing drilled rotors on my last car, never a issue with cracking however being a Saab, also nowhere close to a track car!
  21. NC25T

    TLF GT430 Club

    For those of us here in the states, what makes those “j” hooks better then stock GT rotors? is it just their version of slotting or are they lighter? Or both?
  22. Again thanks everyone for their input! yesterday I had to head out of town for work, just happened to have lotus dealer where I went and also a gulia and Stelvio quad for me to check out, lotus dealership was the same same one I went to last fall, they had a e 400 that I took for a spin. Sales person was a great guy and a lotus fan however not so familiar with the evora. He told me back then that the evora 400 was the last evora. Seeing him yesterday he apologized and stated he wasn’t told anything in regards to the evora 400 replacement. He said he didn’t even know when they were getting the GT in and he assumed it would be a few months before they are here in the states. He was totally shocked when I said numerous dealerships have had them for a while now. ‘Thursday I stopped by a local dealership/service shop , they had a exige I wanted to sit in/look at. Turns out the owner is a HUGE lotus fan, stated they started their company due to lotus cars however there isn’t enough on the streets to pay bills so he is more into Ferrari and Lamborghini now. He owns a highly modified exige, stated 500-520 whp and they are about to compound charge it for closer to 700 whp, and it weight under 2,000 lbs with driver..... it’s his race car! He had lots of great things to say and offered to find me a used or new evora 400/GT. He stated they have done warranty work in the past and that most dealerships in the states do more harm then good for the brand, they just do not know the cars. Anyways, Alfa.... didn’t take either for a drive and actually preferred sitting in the Stelvio vs gulia, seemed easier to get in/out and might work better for me at work. however, I want a lotus.... so that’s the direction I will go. Going to send a few dealers a message and see what they can do on a evora GT, light on the options to keep the price more reasonable. I am leaning towards the standard red & carbon pack... I really like numerous other colors however for me not sure it’s worth the extra money.
  23. Gator Motorsports in Indianapolis, Indiana I believe is where those cars are.
  24. I just talked to my insurance agent, they quoted me $3,200 a year for the lotus or $1,200 a year for the Alfa, both seasonal use Any suggestions of more affordable lotus insurance? I have been leaning towards the lotus however insurance is a bit more then I expected. my problem with the 911 and m2.... even though they are great is they are EVERYWHERE.....
  25. I do agree with any low volume vehicle it’s kinda a crapshoot on what we get, however from everything I have read with the evora being at the end of its life cycle, the majority of the bugs have been corrected. If I had to pay $2k plus for a 30k mile service, I would rather pay $5k or so every xx,000 miles + for a new clutch. One of the things that draws me to the evora (thanks JayEmm) is that even though it’s pretty close to a exotic..... it doesn’t come with exotic car maintenance like the F cars. The Toyota engine is a big plus for me while the Ferrari derived turbo 6, as sweet as it sounds is scary with what that can cost. Dealership wise, I have a shop less then 2 hours away which always seems to get excellent reviews. Gator Motorsports is their name... also another closer dealership MAGcars (Midwestern Auto Group) which is just over a hour away, however they aren’t a lotus enthusiast shop..... I think it’s more just because they can and want to sell 9+ different makes of cars under one roof thanks again everyone.....
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