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  1. I haven't posted on The Lotus Forums in quite a while, so here's an update from me: I got my Lotus back in March, before all this virus stuff really started affecting our way of life over here in the states. The week I got it, I took it to a reputable detail shop and got the roof, A-pillars, and carbon fiber cutouts in the rear bumper wrapped in PPF - those were the only critical areas that I felt should have been done from the factory but weren't. I ended up springing for the Ti exhaust and the carbon pack for that maximum 71lb weight savings. And I too feel that weight savings ar
  2. You’re misunderstanding. I’m saying Lotus won’t allow you to order the calipers in any colors other than red yellow or black at all - even if you wanted to pay them to do so. They just buy the calipers straight from AP Racing already painted. But they should have an option to paint the calipers in any color you want straight from the factory. Or at least an option to paint match them to the body color of the car.
  3. I know I could always paint them, but I don't feel like I should have to spend more money on top of MSRP to pay for something that should have been done from the factory. And @ken2020 I'm actually not a huge fan of that Isotope Green. Verde Ithaca looks miles better imo if I were wanting a loud color like that - which I don't. I feel like those colors are awesome for those who have multiple cars and not planning to drive it every day. But for someone like me who plans to drive it as a daily, I feel like I would get tired of a color that loud eventually. Also it needs the diamond cut whee
  4. I really wish Lotus would have had the option to order the brake calipers in the body paint color of the car 😕 this Isotope Green would have been amazing with matching calipers.
  5. @KG So that blue one is yours? It's gorgeous! Please post pictures and updated pictures when you get the wing and bumper on! You and I have very similar tastes it seems. I went with Essex Blue but everything else we specked the same - High Power Silver Forged Wheels, red calipers, carbon pack, red cat scratches etc. I got the red stripes on the seats too, but I went with the black interior panel pieces. We both ordered from Gator too. For a split second I thought this was mine, but I'm sure Brian would have contacted me first before just posting up pictures. This is the first one I've se
  6. A couple other points to be made here as well: 1) Evoras aren’t for posers. When you’re looking into buying one, you’ve done your research. You know exactly what you’re getting. And you don’t want a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren. You also don’t want a Corvette or a Cayman or other more common sports cars. You know there are cheaper cars out there that are quicker/faster. And you know there are similarly priced cars that are way more well-known and carry way more brand presence/easier to service/maintain. You’re not buying an Evora because you couldn’t get a good deal that other sports
  7. Just look at used Ferraris and Lamborghinis from the mid 2000s and older. Look at the 90s era Japanese sports car giants. The manuals command a big premium. And that premium will only increase over time as enthusiasts who prefer autos will continue to look past cars with dated rough/slow-shifting single clutch, early dual clutch, and torque converter automatics in favor of the fastest shifting dual clutches available. As time marches on, older automatics such as the Aisin units used in the Evora will continue to be looked upon as the weak link in an otherwise perfectly analog sports car. Manua
  8. And I read we were getting an Evora Roadster and a full-on GT430. You just never know until it happens right? 😂
  9. The Evija is definitely a change in direction for the brand. And it’s a path that I see Lotus embracing for their future cars. Hybridization and full electrification could potentially end manual transmissions for the brand completely eventually. If they hold on to their engine deal with Toyota then I might change my opinion on this. But with Geely now owning Lotus and Volvo being the only other automaker they own that makes their own engines that are homologated world wide, I can’t see Geely not taking advantage of that and sticking with Toyota. Volvo only makes 4 cylinders. And their highest
  10. I won’t be surprised if and when Lotus goes to auto-only for their cars at some point. Just like I won’t be surprised when they drop the 2GR V6 for Volvo sourced 4 cylinders-making this generation of Lotuses the last to be powered by 6 cylinders. In fact, I ordered a GT for those very reasons. This last run Evora could very well be the end of an era at Lotus and sports cars in general since it’s already essentially the last of its kind, especially in this price range. Although, I do think they’ll hold out longer than most with the manual just because their manual take rate right now is so high
  11. The mid-engine vette is auto only. It means nothing to me. And like all Corvettes you’ll be seeing them all over your local Chevy dealerships and at every other intersection in town within a few years time. The price and performance are there, but the presence and the stick shift are not. I guess having an Evora with an auto still means you get one of the best handling cars out there. And you still have that rarity factor and the good looks. But there’s nothing like shifting yourself with an honest to God to clutch. Plus I guarantee in ten years when cars like these are becoming a distan
  12. All the reviews say the auto upshifts early even in sport mode, and the gear changes are rough, sluggish, and slow to respond to shift inputs in manual mode - sounds like a really bad time. Personally, the manual transmission is about 95% of the reason I ordered one of these cars. The Evora is about pure analog driving, and I can think of at least 5 other sports cars I'd have considered and probably purchased already if I considered an automatic. 1. TT RS 2. F-Type R 3. 718 GTS 4. 4C Spider 5. Z4 M40i - The first 3 are all quicker than the Evora for similar or
  13. In addition to Jalopnik, CNET and Automobilemag posted reviews yesterday as well: Matt Farrah also posted a short YouTube video on his channel about it, which is the first official video footage of the GT: All the coverage so far seems to be saying the same thing: great car made even better with this latest version, the auto sucks, and this is one of the last truly analog drivers cars you can buy new in 2019. Everyone
  14. The C8 doesn't come in manual. It's completely out of my scope now because of that alone - not even an option. If you want a brand new mid/rear-engine car with a stick there's this, the Cayman, and the 911. And if you want one with more than 4 cylinders, which of course you do because no one wants to spend more than $50k for a 4 cylinder, the Evora GT is the least expensive option. Plus, like Ken said, if you're interested in the GT, you're probably not considering a C8 regardless of your transmission preference. They really are completely different buyers.
  15. You guys keep saying he could reject the car, but he's already been waiting for it for almost 2 years - back when Lotus promised us the full-on GT430. Think about how long that is and how much this car has changed since. If he submitted a new order now it would almost certainly be in the second build batch and wouldn't get here until around the same time as mine - which may be as late as December according my dealer. That's going on three years of waiting! Sure, most of us in here say we'd reject it and order a new one and get the correct spec (myself included), but I don't believe anyone has
  16. @CharlieBrown I'm not a big fan of the colored interior plastics either. I think it cheapens the interior as it highlights the few cheap plastic-y looking materials inside. Black and red are no cost options, and any other color is $750. Needless to say, I ordered mine black. I love that red cover though, you can't convince me otherwise😁 @Julian73 I prefer the Sparcos to those lighter bucket seats anyway probably, but they both look really good. A fixed-back seat might not have been the most practical since I'm planning on using mine as my daily driver (except in the winter of course), and
  17. I'm not OCD, but I do like organization. I've created a spreadsheet of all of the known specifications of the GT to date (along with a comparison to the 718 Spyder I built recently that was a close second decision to this GT). Also, in my research I've uncovered a few things that no one has mentioned yet. 1) Judging by the pictures of the press cars and the one on Lotus's website, it looks like the GT won't be getting the Euro-spec GT430 lightweight interior door cards. I'm indifferent about this. On one hand, it would have been cool to have the newer, lighter interior panels just f
  18. @andyj007 they’re US mandated bumper stops that some cars are required to have for crash test regulations is my understanding. They’ve been doing this sort of thing for years. And to be honest, they really don’t look too bad on the GT compared to a lot of other cars. The DB11 and Chiron are two of the worst examples I’ve seen in recent memory. So we should be thankful Lotus at least made them look decent. Although I suspect, like me, most owners will remove theirs immediately since they’re easily removed. Thanks for that diagram Brian!
  19. @brian.s.henry how easy do you think it would be to remove those two blocks? And would they leave holes in the bumper like @C8RKH is saying? Or will you need to see them in person first to know for sure?
  20. So who among us is going to be the first to attempt to remove those rear bumper stops on the sides of the license plate? They don’t look as bad as they do when they’re stuck on some exotics-Bugatti Chiron and the new Aston Martin Vantage come to mind, but I still think they’re an eyesore. I wonder how easy they are to remove. Also, that is the best view of this car by far. So glad I did the Carbon Pack.
  21. I'm sure we've all been following along this week on Facebook, but it looks like we're close to an official announcement! Someone commented on one of these posts and said to keep watching this week. Well the week is almost up, so I'd guess maybe tomorrow! I'm very anxious/excited. Side note: you can see some Evora GT-esque styling cues in the backgrounds of those images. ..really crossing my fingers for an announcement tomorrow.
  22. @Ccd I agree. I haven't been in and around the Lotus community long enough to know all the ins and outs and whys and why-nots. But that also gives me a fresh, unjaded perspective about this whole thing. My dealer told me that they didn't want the general public to know this car was coming because they already announced the GT430 was coming here back when it was released however long ago that was...and then it never happened. So I guess they don't want to give US customers false hope again maybe? I'm not sure. It is odd, and I'm dying to know official specs on the car. In the same vein, P
  23. After reading through this thread, I have to say that I'm saddened to see the overall negative tone being set regarding the new GT...but I get it. @ken2020 it sounds like you've really been put through the wringer on your car. After reading everything I totally get why you're upset by this whole process. You were under the assumption you were ordering a US model GT430 essentially, but instead months later come to find out that it's more of some hodgepodge parts add-on to what's essentially the US spec 17-18MY 400 albeit with +22hp. Hopefully when your GT arrives you're more satisfied with it t
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