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  1. This could actually be quite an interesting question, there is obviously an attraction for car enthusiasts in Japan for British sportscars. The thing that will be interesting though is the size. The Exige and Elise would have been quite popular because they are small and light which works well in Japan. I've seen a few around myself in various cities. The Emira is not so small. I'm sure this has been taken into account in the marketing and scoping but will be interesting to see the change in sales mix due to this. Those streets in Japan can be super narrow and you need somewhere to park to even buy a car which can also be space limited, they even have police come to measure the space to make sure your car will fit!
  2. It's just a map, so why not? Your problem is that you would need someone to crack the Lotus encryption first and I don't think anyone has yet and the numbers aren't there to bother trying
  3. You can definitely ignore those type of comments. Being at GFOS it was astounded at the lack of knowledge by the general populace on almost every car but at the Lotus stand people didn't seem to have a clue what was what. Someone even said "I didn't know they still made cars". What really astounded me was that a lot of these were 'lads' who you would expect to have had some interest in quick cars... The moral of the story, Lotus, at least for the moment, are for connoisseurs.
  4. On the two points active here: Speed, I agree, it's more fun having a bit less speed on the road. You can be going seriously quickly in a short space of time if you aren't careful and that means you feel you are holding back all the time which can get in the way in my opinion. Safety tech, I'm a little biased here but you can be affected by problems such as sleep apnea that you may not at all be aware of and can trigger micro-sleeps that you also won't notice even if you aren't feeling drowsy. These can mean that you lose control or miss something in an instant. The newest and best systems can instantly detect these and save your life. Also will help you in case of incapacitation due to any number of other medical issues - The Emira won't have this full avoidance system (you need electric steering) but, honestly, the more cars that have it on the road the better. You may even learn of medical conditions that you have that you didn't know about that makes your life a whole lot better and that can't be a bad thing.
  5. Nope, check your parking slip, it specifically says supercar! There were some nice cars in there though. Most were. I think it's worth paying a little for safer parking and easy access to the car as it's basically part of the event.
  6. I'll take AEB and eye tracking DMS if they are on offer. They have zero impact on my day to day life except for if something goes wrong, in which case they might just save it. Lane departure, coffee cup warnings and the like can go swivel though.
  7. Unfortunately, by now, you would need to definitively prove that it's a manufacturing fault to force them to do anything about it, which is going to be super hard on an older car and a stressed component. We'll all just have to keep an eye on them
  8. If they've improved the flow rate into the washer bottle from the Evora, it's worth buying for that alone 😄
  9. Aha! I saw your Evora on Thursday! Very nice, was getting quite a bit of attention when I went past in a carpark full of a lot of very nice cars!
  10. I think they can probably solve the cooling issue but would be interesting to see what effect running a big 'ol turbo in the back of the car will have. that's going to need some serious airflow. Doesn't it normally sit in front of the engine directly in the airflow through the grill? Does that mean it will be at the back in the Emira? I presume that they will duct air from the drivers side intake straight to the turbo area and shufty it rapidly out under the rear glass. Will be interesting to see the solution once someone has their hands on one.
  11. Including the Lotus Car Guru who also thinks it's a modified Evora tub? I just find it surprising that people are absolute in their faith that it isn't. For me, there are a number of engineering design points that don't stack up from a blank sheet of paper design for a car of it's type. Why wouldn't you move the bulkhead forward, putting the engine in the 'right place' and giving more boot space or make the car smaller and lighter. Why would you not use that extra length to relocate the radiators to produce a frunk and improve mass location? There are compromises that have been made for the Evora that seem to be hanging over into the Emira IMO. Again, it's a great car and it's more of an academic point but I don't feel we have the whole truth yet.
  12. The figures I've found for both (again, internet) is that like for like, the V6 without a supercharger is circa 20KG more. The supercharger seems to be somewhere in the 30Kg range. So around 50Kg seems about right.
  13. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    The boot on official numbers is slightly smaller than the Evora. Doesn't look any bigger on the photos either. I believe the engine is in basically the same place as the Evora so they won't find much more space back there.
  14. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    Which would give the model a life of around 4-5 years of they stop producing at that point sounds about right for a normal model.
  15. I think there was 4 way and 12? Way adjustable. So I suspect there is a manual and electric option. Must admit, I like electric seats. Heavier, but you can assist in mush smaller increments which means you can get the position just right.
  16. I believe the bit is around 10L smaller than the Evora. Would be interesting to know, for comparison, what the size of the Evora rear (behind the seats) is in Litres. I can't find the answer on the internet at the moment.
  17. TdM

    Goodwood car park...

    There were quite a few Evoras there
  18. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    Well, the Alpine is quite a bit smaller to be fair. After all, Lotus did have to design the chassis with 4 seats in it. Wait, no sorry, all new chassis wasn't it... No, no idea why it's that heavy.
  19. I'm always a bit suspicious about 0-62 these days. That's an AWD car with a DCT. +0.5s for AWD another 0.3 or so for gear change Vs a manual. That's how heavy modern cars are so 'fast' compared to their outputs and weight.
  20. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    It looks better in the flesh IMO. Just back from FoS. Russell Carr was there as well today. Loads of attention at the event. Sounds good with the V6. Also saw the Evija moving which is nice. Interesting that the engine in the Emira (V6) is not quite central. Just a note. Also the one on display had no panels under the car (yes I looked under there, if you were there I was the one on my hands and knees). So not quite finished!
  21. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    Is that reliably tested to 450bhp+ over 100,000 miles+? You could probably shove it on a dyno at 600bhp and not grenade it as long as you turn it off quickly enough...
  22. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    The issue was less heat and more gearbox I believe. Not sure how much work they've done on it but without an upgrade to the gearbox it's not going much higher than 430bhp. I do agree with them that it doesn't really need it. That's plenty of power for almost all applications.
  23. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    I think that's just a way of claiming it's lighter without it actually being lighter, though it's the safety equipment that is at 'fault' here, a like-for-like would be lighter, but you wouldn't be able to put it on the road because... Laws! I'm suspecting they will run out the V6 in approximately the trim it's in at the moment, perhaps a lift to 430 or so before it's retired. The auto box appears to be the same as the Evora so you aren't going to get much more out of it anyway. Any super light/high performance version may in a year or so end up being a heavily tweaked AMG. That engine and gearbox is easily good for big numbers and it will be lighter. This is a win all around for them and I doubt by then anyone will care it's not a V6. Ditch the glass for some CF lighter components and you'll have a £100k+ car that is extremely fast and relatively light for the performance whilst still being economical to run. I think it has lots of headroom which is a good thing for the brand going forward. I could see myself in a launch edition (V6 manual), it's a nice car. It's just not exciting me as much as I hoped it would. As with others, I am intrigued more from a nice car to tour perspective than a blood fizzing sports car, though I'm sure it will be a great steer.
  24. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    Pistonheads reports that is DIN and for the lightest so that will be the AMG motor I guess.
  25. TdM

    Lotus Emira

    I also think somehow the rear wheel looks smaller than the front in a lot of pictures.
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