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  1. Literally the Joker’s car. 👍👍👍
  2. I like their content good luck to them but invites to Emira launch, to Goodwood FOS, chats with ‘Dan from dynamics’ passenger rides up Lord March’s hill are normally very hard to come by. ‘very much invite only’ according to their Emira onboard video. Also talk of getting phone calls from ‘Scott at Lotus’ who sent him pictures of car in build. Not typical FE customer treatment I don’t imagine. Interested to know how they managed this when some other more popular youtubers have been frozen out. As I said good luck to them either way.
  3. Obviously mates of yours, interested to know how they get the red carpet treatment from Lotus.
  4. Given most of an Elise or Exige nose is below the height of most other cars bumpers they are a lot more prone to stone chips than your average SUV. I would definitely get PPF put on a FE. Really does a good job and very hard to see if applied with skill. Less convinced by ceramic coating personally.
  5. Saw a Facebook survey on Elise colours Plum Crazy scored very highly, in the top four. Howard’s had a 250 Cup in PC looked absolutely amazing.
  6. No Elise FE in plum crazy?! What a shame.
  7. Even having to turn these systems off every time you start the car can soon become irritating. If this is what makes the Emira the most ‘accomplished’ Lotus ever then I’d rather have a less accomplished one!
  8. Has active lane assist ever been fitted to a car with hydraulic steering? I have a feeling that it’s epas only. Another win for the carry over Evora steering if so. Might be the only reason Emira doesn’t have it.
  9. TR7 was definitely a childhood favourite of mine. Never driven one sadly but that still looks cool to me, same door handles as the Esprit had for much of its life!
  10. Once the Emira dust has settled and people calm down a bit here and elsewhere I think there will be others who quite reasonably prefer the Evora. GT410s are particularly handsome things I struggle to see the Emira as better looking. Sadly I think Lotus would be very opposed to an Evora vs Emira comparison, I hope someone finds a way to make it happen anyway, would be really intriguing but far too backward looking for ‘New Lotus’. Evora is now the car they want to airbrush out as they have done literally already from some promotional pictures! There is something about driving an Evora that I still struggle to articulate. A genuinely unique sensation, some strange alchemy producing both electric response and serene composure. A ravenous appetite for corners combined with a willingness to lope along on a motorway without quite the same yearning to come off at the first junction that you get in Elise or Exige. It’s very refined for a Lotus but feels like a track car compared to most GTs, looks big parked next to an Elise but always surprisingly compact compared to most others. Steering is light but full of detail, it’s a car of contradictions, perhaps not as well finished, single-minded or cohesive as a Cayman GT4 but a richer, more multi-layered experience with a more enduring appeal as a result. Must be a good food analogy to be had here! Malt Whisky vs grain Whisky perhaps? They both achieve a similar effect on the consumer and yes grain whisky is a lot more commercially successful and produced on a much bigger scale but there’s a bit more to savour in a fine single malt! 😁
  11. Your GT430 is special in ways a Cayman GT4 will never be for me but I’m starting to get the impression that your future lies more with Porsche than Lotus. A shame if so but you’ve done your bit to support Lotus and they have the backing to fend for themselves now and you were one who helped a great marque during the lean times.
  12. I can’t see how it’s penalising a dominant maker to suggest that those seeking variety should also consider some of the alternatives. Regardless it looks like Lotus are having a proper go at taking some sales from Porsche. I hope it works out well, some proper competition will result in better Porsches too.
  13. After some YT research it looks like later Evoras were geared for 78mph in 2nd. 104mph in 3rd. So only a little lower. That’s on 20” rears, might be a little lower on cars with smaller wheels.
  14. Should add that buying a GT430 does get you a pass though, just the one Cayman though mind!
  15. Trouble is buying a Porsche is an anti-variety move. Most fast car buyers think you have to be raving mad to spend the same or more than a Cayman GT4 on an Evora. Porsche’s dominance has come at the expense of several smaller sports car companies, not all of which were British, some were German too. So you’re either fuelling the overs madness, contributing to Porsche’s success or taking a stand against it (insignificant perhaps but at least not making it worse). The press won’t support the underdog alternatives, that’s left to buyers.
  16. Isn’t the Evora gearing actually quite similar to the Cayman?
  17. A nice oasis away from Emira hype, happy to keep this going. I heard that Lotus were planning to do an Evora FE. I don’t know why it was canned, but the 430 engine was rumoured so perhaps they decided against putting out an ‘old’ car that upstaged the new one, perhaps understandably. To be fair sales of the GT430 Sport were almost non-existent so that probably didn’t help much either. That car had an incredible spec for £104k but no-one saw the value in it at the time, 1 single UK sale I believe. Spec for Evora FE wouldn’t have matched it but price would probably have been close, then what do they call it?! You can see why they might have decided against it. Shame though the Evora deserved a sign off. As it turns out US Evora GT is effectively now the FE and not far off in terms of what was being suggested. I think the Exige S2 also had a Final Edition that was only available in the US.
  18. OK understood. Clearly one of the special ones! I tried to private message you but I don’t think I am any longer able to. I caught a glimpse of something in one of your shots that might be of interest to someone I know, so was hoping to see another shot to confirm. All that aside those Plum Crazy clams look amazing on their own. Finished car will be quite a sight! Congrats.
  19. @David Standing do you have any more pictures and who sent them to you please?
  20. Unfortunately delays are industry wide problem. I agree that it would be nice if there was an industry wide response in offering some form of compensation. However Lotus we’re pretty blunt about the FE being a take it or leave it price so I guess they are sticking with that approach. I know some had plans for their FEs this year but with the last ever car there is an element of the later the better isn’t there?
  21. I really can’t see that at all. The Sport 410 was Lotus’ attempt to make the Evora more of a Lotus by adding lightness. Seemed to work well for other car companies, take stuff out, charge more. Well worth a punt and it resulted in a uniquely brilliant car. It was both a more engaging Evora, better sports car and bigger sales failure than any previous Evora. Even now they are unappreciated, you can get a barely used one for £65k these days, probably less. I think the consensus is that anyone wanting a lighter or more track focused Lotus would buy an Exige so it became the Lotus nobody wanted. It should have been the Lotus for those unable or unwilling to go as extreme as the Exige but still had an interest in trackdays and a more visceral, responsive experience on the road. But my goodness it’s some car, beautifully judged to nudge the Evora further towards the sports car end of the sports car-GT scale. For my money a better choice to have alongside an Emira than an £85k Exige.
  22. Sorry just meant that I don’t think Lotus will be shouting from the rooftops about the V6 FE’s actual weight and might well gloss over it altogether. I think for people that haven’t previously cared a great deal about their car’s weight before (let’s face it, most buyers) it’s quite reasonable to not care greatly about their V6 FE’s weight. Still lighter than a modern 911 and most don’t think of that as a particularly heavy car. Taking a more casual approach to weight has won Lotus many new customers and the package and pricing is so strong the Emira seems to have won over most Lotus diehards too. The car has already proven itself to be exactly what Lotus need to be doing right now. Worst thing they could have done is listen to someone like me. Same with Porsche when I genuinely thought the Cayenne would irreparably damage the Porsche brand and was the beginning of the end for them. Thought Bentley were playing a very dangerous game going after footballers too. How wrong can you be?
  23. Thinking about it they have no choice but to quote lightest possible weight but we all know that no-one drives a car in that spec and dealers discourage anyone from ordering one. At least Emira has a lot of stuff as standard, very few options and none that would add weight apart from auto box. But I will expect them to keep quiet about what it actually weighs. The few, if any, owners that care will have to find out for themselves.
  24. Yes did notice the suspension, definitely looks like AI had a hand in refining the design to those organic shapes. Great to see some ambition for a traditional Lotus area of expertise.
  25. I believe most Evora 400s that were actually weighed came in over 1400kg. GT410 Sport with all the carbon options should be similar to original Sport 410 at 1325kg (lightest possible) but they didn’t have the carbon buckets and were later revised upwards to a more believable 1360kg wet. When it comes to Emira I don’t believe the 60kg of added stuff includes everything you get in a First Edition. 1405kg was another lightest possible figure, presumably for the base i4. With 12-way electric seats and Kef hifi among others I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the total kerbweight for a V6 FE is close to 1500kg. Doesn’t matter though clearly when the car proves how little buyers care about weight, even Lotus buyers going by comments on here. But one or two Evora Sport owners might drive home with a bit more appreciation for their cars after a back to back test drive.
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