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  1. Eh? No it isn't you can measure it! You're comparing the Emira's figures with those of other cars, so it's clearly an objective measurement you're using. Odd use of the word subjective, do you mean relative (i.e. relative to other cars or what you're used to)?
  2. The Emira driving experiences are now on the Thruxton web site... £275 for 3 laps in a Cayman and 4 laps in the Emira. I like Thruxton a lot, having driven there a number of times, but to be honest you'd get better value at the Lotus Acadamy (not a sentence you see very often!) - I paid £180 for 2 sessions at Hethel (both in an Emira obviously) 3 laps in the first session (the instructor drives first so you know which way the track goes), then 5 laps in the second. Compared to other experiences at Thruxton, this seems expensive - I paid £279 for a similar number of laps in a Cayman/Mclaren.
  3. There's a maintenance book on that link which includes space for service history with dealer stamps etc. But don't the facts stand in the way of a good rant.
  4. Not sure that's so: Introduction to sports cars - Lotus Cars Official Website - For the Drivers
  5. Ummm... No. 1 spot is the BMW M Sport wheel as fitted to my current car... and I quite like it and certainly don't find it 'too thick and squidgy' and I have far from large hands. So an amusing but not all that factual or useful appraisal... much like the rest of Top Gear in fact.
  6. Timbo999

    Lotus Emira

    not on the version I see...?
  7. Interesting fact about Maclaren (as opposed to Mclaren) its named after the chap who designed the self centering jockey wheel on the nose of the Spitfire (plane not sports car...) and is still evident on the front of their baby buggies to this day. Worth noting that you can get a spanking new Alpine for (just!!) under £50k and Martin's in Winchester have new cars in stock or in the pipeline. I've driven an Alpine on track and its lovely and probably even better on the road. One thing that I guarantee will annoy you is that the paddles are fixed but are too small/short so changing gear in anything other than straight ahead means taking your hand off the wheel and scrabbling for the paddle. I'd still have an Emira though...
  8. Who you calling middle aged!?! I'm old, grumpy and proud of it...
  9. And if you buy an one with an AMG engine (as I am) there are, presumably, NO interchangeable parts...
  10. Couldn't sleep so was surfing Discovery+ and found a film called 'Radford Returns'. Loads of Lotus content as you'd expect and lots of references to "Lotus' new platform" which they refer to as Exige but could be Emira (better men than I, gunga, can probably tell!). Some glimpses of Emira behind Russell Carr... there may be more as I've only watched the first 30 minutes and its 2 hours long. This may be old news, but it was only posted on Discovery plus on 27 Jan.
  11. I may be wrong (often am!), but I reckon that is what Nimbus Grey will look like or close enough. The launch grey was Shadow Grey and Nimbus was described to me by the lady on the stand at Goodwood as 'metallic, almost silvery with sparkly flecks'. Here's hoping.
  12. I took delivery of my S2 Elise 5 months after they were announced (May '01) - it was probably the most reliable car I've ever owned and that included several thousand miles on track. More reliable than the Merc, BMW and VW I've owned as everyday cars.
  13. Channel 4 Saturday 17.45 - ‘Lotus the New Dawn Documentary, new investor and MD set out to build the first new Lotus road car in a decade’
  14. Timbo999

    Lotus Emira

    I was told at Goodwood that the blue car's boot was full of batteries to power all the electronics and the motor that made it move in the launch show, but that may have been to swerve opening it for me! Also the seats didn't fold so getting a decent shot of the luggage space inside the car was a challenge.
  15. I am exactly that - I've joined the forum as I put down a deposit a few days ago having already paid a deposit to B&C a month or so ago. I had an Elise S2 for about 15 years - it had a sad demise in 2015 and I toyed with replacing it with another Elise but didn't as I'm getting on a bit and I decided the compromises for daily use were too great. Therefore it would became a track car only and I didn't want that. In the interim I've had an SLK 350 (one of the best engines I ever owned - including the Honda V4!) and now have a M240i (also a lovely engine!) that the Emira will replace. Having hankered after another Lotus since my Ruby died the Emira was the answer to my prayers - especially if Mrs Timbo likes it and can get in and out of it and is happy driving it. My only concerns are cost and whether I will like the AMG engine (I can't afford a V6 Emira much as I'd love to).
  16. Thanks for the welcome! I bought my Elise from Frosts in Shoreham (when it was opposite Sussex Yacht Club, if anybody knows the area) but they appear to be long gone as Lotus dealers, so B&C are now my nearest dealers which is no hardship given their reputation. I saw the Elise S2 at the London Motorshow (remember that?) in October '00, ordered mine in Jan '01 and it arrived in on 1st May '01. I suspect the Emira timescales will be a little more extended!
  17. Hi As an Elise S2 owner for 15 years (gone now, but never forgotten) I've joined the forum to ramp up my excitement as I put down a deposit on an Emira with B&C a month ago. If the Emira has anything like the ride/handling balance of the Elise and I can get in and out with some ease I'm certain to go for it. For me, ease means that the seat base is higher (or at least level with!) the top of the sill and, as I have short legs, I can get out without moving the seat back. If I can have Ruby Red and black wheels, so much the better! Here's hoping. Timbo.
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