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  1. I had a letter from Lotus a while back saying it was due in September, dealer said is was due week 38 (last week), but had no update and no car since then. I've largely given up on dates now and just assume now I'll pick it up at some point and garage it until spring. Reading other threads about how multiple people are giving conflicting information on the Emira launch it just appears the company is in chaos with communication. Sadly, this takes the whole buzz out of the buying process, any excitement about the car has dissipated, and that, with a growing niggle about general quality and reliability is really making me regret buying. I'd gladly walk away if I could. Sorry to bother you David, but do you know what parts are delayed?
  2. The Mercedes service plan on my C63 was considerably more expensive than just the separate service costs. When I queried it they claimed paying monthly spread the cost and so incurred a charge. It was never good value, always worth checking the sums.
  3. That's a fair point, and my apologies for pestering. Maybe if 'new Lotus' grew up and accepted they need to provide customer service and not just cars that look a bit like Ferrari's people wouldn't ask those that appear to have some inside knowldedge for more info what the hell is going on.
  4. That looks like a Fire Red as well, I wonder if that's the one I'm waiting on. Just out of interest @David Standing do you know what parts were causing the delay?
  5. Nice, mine is definitely delayed, again. Was due this week 38, originally due week 26, no idea when it may turn up. The dealer did get in touch this time though to let me know. Lotus are still totally unwilling to do anything to 'soften the blow of delays' still. With previous delayed cars I've had full services or even insurance thrown in.
  6. Not sure, but great to see he removed the starter motor to add lightness
  7. https://www.facebook.com/supercarblondie/videos/710701139600040/ ... Stands back and waits for those with their sense of humour labotomies to respond...
  8. How are managing to find out the status? Mine also due next week, but apart from a letter of apology from Lotus for the delay I’ve heard nothing. Total radio silence from my dealer.
  9. I asked about swapping the Cup 4S for Cup 2 on delivery on my 390 and Lotus said no because of homologation problems. Physically the 410/430 tyres will fit as they're the same wheels across the FE range.
  10. The video was interesting in what wasn’t mentioned. Endless mentions of “looks” fast, “looks” agile, “looks” like a super car. Only mention of performance was “it’s got super car looks and sports car performance”. I also notice the sub 4.5s claim to 60 has been removed from the website. My 2p is that the Emira is a cash creating stop gap, it’s been designed for mass market appeal until they produce an EV, which will no doubt have supercar looks and potentially hyper car performance. It’s certainly pretty, and has many features that will have huge mass market appeal, many people are loving the looks and don’t seem that fussed about the performance. It’s selling well and will keep Lotus going whilst they get on with the inevitable EV future. I expect at that point they really will nail it.
  11. Just found this https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry-news-retail/lotus-terminates-partnerships-several-uk-retailers Interesting hangar111 was on the list. Looks like there is a push to go mainstream. But to be honest, if this means the dealership network starts treating customers properly and professionally, it's probably a good thing.
  12. Was just having an idle glance at the Lotus website, and on the Emira page is the strapline... "NOT JUST ANOTHER SPORTS CAR. THE OTHER SPORTS CAR" If the Emira is 'the other sportscar', then what is the other other one? I may be just being dim, but I'm not quite sure I get it. Do they mean "The sports car"?
  13. It seems to be week 38, so end of September and then a few weeks for the dealers to faff a out, so most likely end of October.
  14. You know you want to!!!! As a fellow biker, its rare to find a car that gives that "if I don't set the next corner up properly this is going to hurt" feeling, but the Exige gets awfully close.
  15. Interesting that in the article they weighed the car at 1218kg rather than the claimed 1138kg, which could be down to fluids, but 80kg is 80litres, so seems unlikely. Unless that's weight with a driver, though I read the driver weight for EU is 75kg.
  16. You can have all the assembly lines you like, if the procurement is useless, so is the manufacturing line unfortunately.
  17. Mine was 23rd April, originally for week 26 production then 4 weeks after that for collection. Now due week 38 for production. It seems we all got told week 26 or 27 for production but there are varying dates now. The dealers don't appear to know much more, though chatting with folks on here apparently everything is in the delivery system with timings. Just have to wait sadly. Though if Lotus can't deliver double-digit numbers of final editions this year, it will be interesting to see how they deliver 5000 Emiras over the next year.
  18. Matt W

    Lotus Emira

    The amount of confusion and almost mis-information bounding about seems indicative of a company both in change and chaos. Having spoken to four people now with existing delayed car orders, and all five of us being given different reasons and timings for the delays shows how information just isn't being communicated on any level. I bought into Lotus expecting a few small volume manufacturer issues, but the more I've seen, the more the company appears to be in a confused mess, with a somewhat arrogant attitude to its customers. I'm no expert in marketing, but why all this faff? Why not just release the car, with a spec, and allow people to buy a car based on actual information?
  19. There's some pretty significant delays now to production, my Exige was due week 26 and is now estimated at week 38. Which risks me picking up a car at the start of winter so I won't be able to use it, but will be paying high first year road tax for it to sit on the drive. Appreciate supply issues are out of Lotus' hands, but they don't seem to be managing this well. Hopefully some of the potentially ludicrous amounts they're currently spending on marketing will make its way to other parts of the business.
  20. That's interesting about the Mercedes service you've had. I bought a C63 new in 2017, the whole purchasing experience was a mess and collection day more like how you collected your Exige. I had no feedback from them and had to push and push for a driving day which was included. So I think service quality is very much dealer specific, but totally agree Lotus need to pull a finger out. I've had a very mixed experience so far, with my closest dealer being one ill never walk into again, and along with several others I've spoken to, I'm waiting for a delayed Exige delivery with no information on when anything will arrive or what's actually going on. As you say, Lotus is going mainstream with what are expensive products and if they want to retain purchasers they will need to look after them.
  21. If dealers are selling Emira deposits at the rates suggested I can't imagine they're worried about not shifting a small amount of existing stock, plenty of new sales are being made.
  22. That's what I'm thinking as well. Hopefully in a couple of years they'll announce a track/Cup version, so the timing could be perfect.
  23. There's a lot of vitriol in other forums about change so it's good to read so many positive comments. Thinking a bit more, electrification of cars is inevitable, I'll miss the roar for sure, but if the future is Emira styling and truely ludicrous levels of torque I'm all for it. Maybe I'll just stick with the Exige, skip the Emira, and in a few years go for whatever is after, I'm sure Lotus are planning something spectacular!
  24. Short answer for me is no having now seen the spec that's available. I appreciate the post title is a bit provocative, but having now seen the Emira, and very pretty it is too, I'm no less looking forward to getting my FE - if it ever turns up! For me the choice was about the pure driving, and quoted Emira figures of "under 4.5s to 60" and PtW of 289bhp/ton compared to 359bhp/ton just won't provide what I'm after at the moment. I've driven a Cayman GT4 and though it was good, didn't provide that Exige experience. Incidentally, with a weight of 1405kg "in its lightest form" that'll mean the Emira kicking out over 500bhp to match the 390FE p/weight. Though I appreciate these are just numbers. Until a cup version appears with more focus on performance, I'll stick old school analogue. But then I think I'm pretty much a has-been lotus owner who isn't part of the new marketing regime or part of the new-lotus future, though I absolutely wish them every success.
  25. @Matt your car is virtually 420 spec anyway, maybe they got confused??? Have you checked if they fitted Nitrons... 😁
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