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    I'm very pleased she's now in the hands of someone who'll enjoy her every bit as much as I did! Enjoy @62dave! Great dealing with you mate. 👍
  2. I completely agree! I loved the red alcantara in my white 400. The contrast between white exterior and red interior was gorgeous. It's back on Snow's forecourt now. One of four used 400's for sale in the UK with a red interior I notice, so clearly red interiors are reasonably popular!
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    Thanks @PaulCP, I hope (and I'm sure) that we'll both get to return to Evora ownership real soon!
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    Thanks @mayevora. I'm sure I'll be supporting the SW Evora population again real soon! In the meantime, I'll try (and will no doubt fail) to not look too envious if I see you out and about in yours! 😊👍
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    Ooh, crap. Good point, thanks, I forgot that! 2016. Thanks. It's no biggie, just a perfect storm of business downturn (thanks Brexit...) and a need to move house, meaning I have to move pieces around or off the board.
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    Thanks @Bibs. I'm just trying to focus on this being a temporary forced hiatus. 👍 I know many others here will understand that I did absolutely research the alternative option of organ sale before making this decision. 😆😪
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    How does the phrase go? "With a heavy heart..." Well mines so heavy right now, there's real danger of it spawning a black hole. Due to an unexpected change in personal circumstances, I have to part company with my Evora 400. Bugger. I'll be back though! I've had nice cars before and never really gave a toss when the time came to sell them on. This thing though, jeez. It's been a joy to own and drive, I'll be coming straight back to Lotus as soon as I can! For anyone interested in a mint, rock solid, issue-free Evora 400:
  8. Ah, phew! Cheers @Suddabym, knew I couldn't be the only one. 🤟
  9. Ah, there's no such thing as a perfectly good aeroplane! Thanks for the tips on the route/timing. I'm not sure I'll be able to wait until September, now I have the idea in my head, I'm keen to go ASAP! It would be fun to share the trip with some other Lotuses though.
  10. I jump out of planes for a pastime, and every year I make a few trips to dropzones in Spain or Portugal. This year, seeing as I now drive an Evora, it would seem rude not to drive to the DZ at Evora in Portugal! So are there any other Lotus-driving skydivers here who may be interested in joining me? This is the kind of route I'm looking at I reckon a couple of days driving each way, plus three days jumping, to make it a week-long trip of road and sky blasting. 🤟
  11. I've remembered another Evora trait that I'm finding really amazing; it's bloody good fun even at 'sensible speeds'. One thing I found with my previous Boxsters, is that they only really came to life when pushed. Driving at normal speeds and in traffic was, well, a bit boring and like being in any other car. That certainly can't be said for the Evora! Yes, it's sublime when pushed. But I also really enjoy the driving experience when it's not right or possible to be blasting about. I guess that's down to a combination of the steering feel, the geometry, the view inside and out, and the noise. Owning an Evora is a great reminder of how important it is that a performance car still puts a smile on your face when, frankly, you can't go any faster than the other cars around you. In the past, I've sometimes wondered what the point of sports cars is in the UK, given all the traffic, speed cameras and iffy weather. The Evora solves that issue. It's a fabulous car to drive in any situation.
  12. I've had my 400 for a few months now, and I want to briefly share a couple of aspects of my ownership experience, so anyone thinking of buying an Evora who has come to TLF to do some research can find this. My Evora is my daily driver, and I do up to about 12,000 miles a year. Aside from short trips and early morning blasts just for thrills, I travel long distances with a decent amount of luggage for work and my sport, which is skydiving. And as you can imagine that involves a fair bit of kit. So how does the Evora cope with this life? How well does it meet the combined demands of short-distance blaster and long-distance hauler? In a word; flawlessly. The Evora is nothing short of brilliant. Miraculous even! I am totally amazed and massively impressed by how well this car deals with every demand I place on it. (Well, OK. Maybe not every demand. I drove it to IKEA once and you can't get a wardrobe in it. But, you should have heard it in the cavernous carpark there! Awesome!) 😆 I'll share with you two real-world examples of why I'm so impressed by the Evora. Firstly, luggage capacity. If you're thinking of buying an Evora but are worried that it can't carry much, think again. Wardrobes aside, 'lack of cargo space' is not a valid reason to deny yourself the pleasure of Evora ownership. I've driven to the airport with four parachutes in the boot and a full-size 25kg suitcase on the back seats, and I still had the passenger seat for more stuff. On the more domestic side of life, the boot plus rear seats easily swallows a massive Sainsbury's trolley full of shopping. Brilliant! Secondly, long distances. Yesterday, I had a 170 mile drive home from Milton Keynes to Exeter, which went like this; 90 minutes of blasting through Oxfordshire with the sun shining, windows down, sport button on and me laughing out loud at the sheer bloody hilarity of it. Followed by settling onto the M4 for 90 minutes of serene and comfortable motorway cruising with windows up, sport off and stereo on. I hopped out at home with zero aches and one massive grin. Seriously, I'm astounded by how the Evora 400 can be equally excellent at totally mental blasting and smooth cruising. I'm 6' 2'', and over distance I'm honestly more comfortable in my Evora than my previous C-Class Merc. I bought the Evora because I was bored with the Merc, and having owned (and loved) a couple of Boxsters before (sorry), I wanted to get back into something FUN. Before I bought the Evora, I looked at the Boxster/Cayman again, but was put off by the latest 4cyl engine. The 911? Too soft in my opinion. I wanted to get the driving experience back, unfettered by too much padding. My Wife has a Suzuki Ignis, and that thing is is a right laugh because it's pure driving. I wanted that, but not in an Ignis. 😆 I know the analogue driving experience isn't for everyone. I guess the majority of the marketplace wants the extra padding and tech in cars like the 911. But for me, the Evora 400 is the perfect car. I think it's miraculous that a small-volume, niche manufacturer in Norfolk has created a car that is this damn capable! I know this is said a lot in the Lotus community, but why the hell does every journalist use the Cayman and 911 as the benchmarks for comparing other sports cars? They're awesome cars for sure, but for anyone after a truly special driving experience - this is it right here. Evora all the way. Oh - final point for anyone not convinced yet. The drop-dead looks and rarity of the Evora makes you feel like a goddamn rock-star driving it around! This amount of head-turning usually costs £200k+ 😆 Right. The sun's out again. I'm off for a drive.
  13. Thanks @Bravo73. You're right, my analogue speedo is back to displaying the correct speed again. What a weird little quirk!
  14. So, as per the subject really! I noticed this morning that the analogue speedo in my Evora 400 is reading a good 10mph or so more than the digital one. GPS confirms that the digital one is correct (as much as they ever are!). Is this a known 'feature'? I've done a quick search and couldn't find much. ...which is usually a cue for someone to share many, many links to other posts, showing how inept I am at searching. 😆
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