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  1. If you want an Evora it might be a good idea to bring it with you! Choice here is sparse at best, plus you’d pay much more to buy here. Most recent sale was a 2010 with 120k km, missing premium pack but new clutch, advertised $78k (£42k at todays exchange rate) and sold within 2-3 weeks. And it was silver, as most of them seem to be.

    So if your thought was to buy a different one here for circa £30k, you won’t find one…

    If you were going to upgrade to a 400, there’s also bugger all here. 400 manuals - I’ve seen one for sale here in about two years.

  2. 10 hours ago, au-yt said:

    Just an interesting observation, of the possibly 150- 200 EVORA's of all models in Australia, there is only 1 for sale..

    I think there’s not even that many. By my math, there were max 110-120 sold new… and then there could be write offs or some taken overseas.

    We were allocated something like 40 Launch Editions, but seems like only 20-25 actually sold… I wonder what happened to the others? Just went back into UK allocation?

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  3. 9 hours ago, C8RKH said:

    It will be a fun novelty before it quickly becomes a bloody pain in the arse feature.

    Marketing over practicality. Form over function. 

    Or in my language, a fooking stupid waste of time gimmick especially in a car designed to be a daily driver! Oh and when it breaks, it will be on backorder for months.

    I saw a review where it was mentioned as a design requirement in some jurisdiction or other, to prevent accidental button press. (Perhaps the regulators should be more worried about the proliferation of screens in cars... just sayin').

    But maybe the reviewer was wrong and it is just added weight!

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  4. 6 hours ago, DaveAngel said:

    At the moment access seems okay - certainly better than my Elise! Could be a factor more long term and I have looked at the 400 with possibly better performance, particularly from the auto box software/changes…. On the other hand, is a fair but more cash which also brings closer to a new Emira…….

    This had crossed my mind! I think they look ace too!

    Yep, fair enough. It depends which knee too, it’s the right knee which gets a work out getting in and out for a RHD Evora. I’m guessing it might be your left knee which should be easier.

    Emira wouldn’t work for me as I need a 2+2, but one thing in the Evora’s favour is rarity! In Australia, more Ferraris are sold than Lotus (all models), and I think more Porsches in a month than Lotus in a year! I love the fact I’m driving something so rare. Emiras may prove too common in time, perhaps.

    The other week in Melbourne CBD, I was pointing out a car to my toddler… guy in a Boxster thought he was pretty cool… no mate, that’s about the ninth Boxster / Cayman we’ve seen today… it’s the ultra rare Lamborghini Espada behind you that’s caught my attention!

  5. 41 minutes ago, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

    Can you trundle around town at 30mph in 4th in the GT4? I find these highly geared German cars counter-productive when designed for fuel economy. I just end up driving around a gear or two lower than with a normal box, which completely defeats the object.

    Yeah I agree. My other car is an i30N, it is always telling me to shift up. Claimed 8L/100km, I get more like 13, and I’m a pretty conservative driver! On the freeway at 100kph in 6th, I joked to my wife I’m surprised it’s not asking me to change to 7th…

  6. To clarify my earlier comment, I can’t speak for the experience from overseas, but as a local SSC are magnificent. They go above and beyond and care about our cars as much as we do. I’d never take my Lotus anywhere else.

    But they can miss emails, and the solution is simply to call them. I’ve never had to wait more than two hours for a call back.

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  7. 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.

  8. 1 hour ago, mg4lotus said:

    Conversely, competing manufacturers will probably infiltrate to spread doom and gloom and encourage people to back out. A manufacturer I used to work for used to spy on competitors to get an inside handle on what they were doing. These things do happen.

     

    1 hour ago, jimichanga said:

    You have to wonder… things have certainly  changed here since Emira launch. Porsche are super manipulative, so many of the youtubers are in new Porsches now, a number of them have admitted to not being into Porsches previously.

    Hmmm…

  9. 2 hours ago, au-yt said:

    Justin, When I listen to the comments about the EMIRA I constantly refect on how relevant they are to the EVORA, no money for decent marketing is more than likely the reason

    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…

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