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  1. In australia, old Landcruisers are up 50%, old Corollas are up 30%…
  2. Sounds like you guys are about 6-12 months behind Australia. Supply issues, high demand with no one wanting to take trains and buses, and economic stimulus have pushed prices up. Dealers sell new cars above sticker price. I advertised a 15 year old Mazda 6 at what i thought was 25% above market value (and 50% above what i paid five years prior), because I needed to hang onto it for a few weeks. It was under deposit within the week.
  3. The other reason is probably just bad timing. Being on sale in the wake of the GFC is rotten luck, then a few years later you’re forgotten as newer things come out…
  4. Some guys in Australia reported MAF sensor issues with the Radium. You can probably find the info on AussieElises somewhere.
  5. If classic status is achieved, do you really think a 400 is double an NA? FWIW, in Oz NAs are already asking your equivalent of 38k plus… (and rising thanks to COVID pricing)
  6. Point well made and… deafening silence. Just like all reasoned and logical arguments have been ignored or met with silence. Also, I can never read “damp squib” anymore without thinking about the IT crowd and “damp squid”…
  7. Simply untrue. You may not have mentioned driving in THIS thread, but everywhere else you bleat about it being too heavy, no real step forward as a drivers car blah blah… have you driven one? What’s a traditional Lotus fan? You drive an Evora… are you a true fan? Or is that only for Elige drivers? Where would that leave Esprit? And don’t go telling me all about “adding lightness” if you still have a radio, A/C or sound deadening in your car… I’ve been biting my tongue but as others have pointed out, you really do seem to be going out of your way to criticise and even alienate the new Lotus fans and deposit holders on here…
  8. Sigh, recurring theme. Agree, nobody here is a delicate petal when it comes to criticising our cars, but we actually HAVE them… I’m not precious if ppl want to criticise the Emira, but if you do, we may all feel free to retort that you’ve not driven it yet so your opinion is pure speculation… As for the Evora and 4C examples, the problem is values are going up because of scarcity, not just classic status. Which in fact reflects a failure of sales. So I really do hope Emira succeeds, but the proof will be in the sales and not how good it is…
  9. Haha fair point! But if I’m just pootling around, I don’t need higher rpm everywhere… there’s plenty of torque for normal driving
  10. I've got a long ratio 'box and TBH I don't covet a CR box. The LR box is better proven long-term, and CR only changes ratios 3-4-5-6 which makes no difference on the road IMO. 2nd redlines at ~120kph, so you'd have to be tracking it with some seriousness to care whether you had a CR box?
  11. Nah, I'll just go out there and say, BUY A LOTUS. "I regret buying a Lotus" is something no one said, ever.
  12. No sense of occasion without the big sills Same as climbing into a Corolla
  13. A 911 is just a reworked Beetle. There, I said it
  14. Lotus has rarely been the last word in pace. If you really want to go fast, TBH a Golf R with a tune would probably leave most “sports cars” for dead, and you’d save a heap of money. From there, the next step up in pace is a GT3, SF90 or hyper car or whatever those silly things are called. Things where all the driving is done by computers. Unless one is an absolute driving god or taking their car on track ALL the time chasing the last tenth, beyond a certain point more pace is meaningless. What you get from an Evora 4xx or the Emira is IMHO plenty for public roads and most tracks. What you get in spades over aforementioned Golfs or hypercars is a HUGE smile on your face. An ideal Emira to me would lose 80-100kg, return to NA power and thus lose 100bhp, plus be 2+2. In other words, a like for like replacement of my Evora S1. One thing I love about my Evora is I can touch the throttle without instantly losing my licence. So yes, I’m saying I’d actually rather the Emira had a SLOWER version, as it would be more fun at road legal speeds.
  15. I’m constantly surprised Italy have the mental capacity for penalties. It must be exhausting looking for real or imaginary objects to trip over for 120 minutes.
  16. Believe the SSC quote is mirrors folded, which would make reverse parking a little tricky…
  17. As an Aussie, I'd normally take no greater pleasure than watching English hearts break... BUT also as an Aussie, I will NEVER, EVER forgive those cheating Italian play actors for robbing us in the 2006 World Cup, so just this once... Go England!!
  18. Agree with @C8RKH… Emira looks great and will undoubtedly be a great drive. A thought on Evora values: if Emira increases OVERALL demand for Lotus products, then residuals will probably hold. It is ultra rare too. I doubt it will go up in value like old Ferraris though, since at a certain point someone would rather have an Emira. Also, on potential for success: Evora was launched around the GFC, and some governments tried to use austerity measures to claw their way out of it. History tells us that was a terrible idea. Although Emira is launching in a pandemic, the fact that Keynesian economics is being used (i.e. stimulus) suggests a better chance of strong sales if Lotus can reach people. Time will tell!
  19. I've got Michelin PSS on mine. They're the previous generation PS4S, so still a better performance tyre than PS4.
  20. Manual. No contest. IMO the joy of throttle blips on downshifts has little to do with sound and a lot to do with achievement. The computer doing it is just Yawn to me.
  21. As above, simple really. Unless you’re better at setting up the ride and handling of a car than Lotus (!), best not to mess with the factory settings!
  22. I assume the part number gives it away, but is fitment of the Lotus Sports exhaust by Janspeed (non-valved) identical between Exige S V6 and NA Evora? I.e. is it interchangeable?
  23. Have you tried different seat positions in the car? I find I sit closer to the steering wheel of the Evora than in other cars to feel comfortable. Possibly the pain is from extending the knee too straight, or alternatively from not extending it enough?
  24. The shortage for vehicle manufacturers dates back to a decision they made to cancel orders at the start of the pandemic. Those orders were quickly soaked up by consumer electronics as the demand for those skyrocketed in lockdown. It’s unlikely this would have impacted Lotus’ inventory since they’re so low volume, so the question comes back to whether they knew the systems they would put in Emira a couple of years ago in which case they may have chips in stock… or else they’re just as screwed as everyone else
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