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  1. I'd be prepared to pay significantly extra for the targa. Take note, Lotus! Again though, if with our CO2 tax the V6 comes to 150K EUR here, I'm seriously considering just waiting for the Roadster 2020, but no idea how that will handle or how many more bad ideas Musk will pile on (see yoke implementation in Plaid). RS3 (sedan of course) is nice but I don't need a sedan. And the blue they use for it is just off somehow. It's a lot of fun to drive though! I did a few laps around the track in a 488 and it was fun but I'd probably just kill myself at some point with the way that power is delivered 😂. Additionally, now and then I see Ferraris around town and they're an absolute menace. The amount of noise they make idling at a traffic light is just not acceptable in any way. The latter point actually worries me with the Emira as well. Loud pipes lose wives. And YouTube reviews of the faster Evoras generally come down to "yeah, it's really obnoxiously loud". Sounds good to me, but I'm not the only person living in this town.
  2. I don't know. I've been cross shopping for a while. Things I've considered are RS3, C63S/E63S (ed1), 718S/911Targa, C8, MS/M3/Roadster2020, MX5RF, 540/570/720/GT, Huracan... They all have reasons they "aren't it" though, but so does the Emira: it's not a targa.
  3. JJ

    Lotus Emira

    Too much we don't know at this point. If I was an American and had the money I'd put down a deposit for both and wait for the decision. Though I understand why the Emira and C8 (whichever variant) are cross-shopped they don't really seem to be the same class of car to me though, and in the US it would not surprise me if all-around the C8's are a much better deal price/performance wise.
  4. 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 15 May - JCR - Undecided 17 May - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May - Evotion - i4 22 May - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 Al_C - I4 7 July Neilread - I4 7 July Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July - JJ - Cost dependant 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 (Goodwood Thursday) - JimH - i4 9 July Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July (8am) Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July Washy - undecided 10 July Al - completely undecided. 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
  5. I hope it doesn't become a Gallardo-esque Mobile Sauna then... what an awful experience
  6. JJ

    Lotus Emira

    For the UK, Germany, etc, maybe. The emissions tax over here for I4 vs V6 is something like 15K EUR vs 35K EUR, so if they end up being the same price (here)... Well I sure hope not 😂
  7. JJ

    Lotus Emira

    If the V6 ends up being the "cheap" one that's good news for many but probably bad news for those in countries where they tax based on emissions. The V6 will probably be prohibitively expensive regardless, and then the I4 may also be pushed there due to it's higher base price (though if it's only a few K the damage is limited). It has been said before by multiple people (only loosely associated with Lotus) that the V6 would be the cheaper option, while others said the I4. Not that surprising if they actually haven't decided yet.
  8. Asking the important questions here, will a crate of beer fit in the boot and/or behind the seats?
  9. JJ

    Lotus Emira

    OK. I give up. Bye. 👋
  10. JJ

    Lotus Emira

    Yes, I realize that? I'm just clarifying that may be on the 2024 to-be-announced Lotus sportscar a dealer mentioned (possibly electric Elise successor), and not necessarily a future Emira iteration? Just trying to put 1 and 1 together, not sure where we're at odds?
  11. JJ

    Lotus Emira

    Well if that one dealer is correct, and we'll see two new SUV's announced, and then another sportscar in '24, it could well be that one loses the roof rather than the Emira, from how he words it. Regardless, if there's demand, I'm sure they'll ultimately deliver.
  12. JJ

    Lotus Emira

    In one of the interviews they say they aren't doing a roadster/convertible/etc. But who knows, they may change their mind? It's possible they need the roof for structural reasons though.
  13. The 14 days distance sale thing is an EU directive. Not sure if the UK still has it, but it's pretty common knowledge.
  14. The imagery of the blue model is what got me initially so concerned about the ride height. Now if you look at the pictures above, the difference between the blue and grey cars seems far more than a centimeter to me. So I did some creative photoshopping, pixel counting, and calculatrixing, aside from the pictures above, I threw in the renders from the Lotus site as well, as well as multiple screen-caps from Jensen and show-off videos. In one interview it was stated the wheels are 20", basing on that. Blue: +0 mm Render: +8 mm Grey: +27 mm Silver: +34 mm Measuring and conversion errors will apply: I'm assuming the grey and silver are actually the same ride height in reality. If I misjudged true wheel size, all numbers are off by the same factor. The numbers are the most conservative from multiple measurements. But... Absolutely no doubt the blue one is *significantly* lower to the ground than the others. I'd say at least 25mm is a good bet. Dealer said it was quite possible the sport suspension option was lower, but couldn't say for sure.
  15. Replying to my own concerns posted earlier re: ride height and the Dutch speed-bump dystopia, Lotus UK has gotten back to me and confirmed there will not be any form of front-axle lift or the likes to get around the problem, should it present itself. Understandably, they were not willing to give up details on actual ride height at this time though. EDIT: Haha, now my dealer has gotten back to me to in response to my email to Lotus UK. That is so weird. Makes me hesitant to ask any questions really. Help, they're ganging up on me!
  16. Re: price comparison, here's the Dutch list (unfortunately, yeah, really): Cayman - 88K EUR Cayman T - 97K EUR Cayman S - 107K EUR Cayman GTS 4.0 - 127K EUR Cayman GT4 - 147K EUR Emira I4 - 88K EUR Emira V6 - 110K EUR ++ V6 price is based on the guesstimated carbon tax difference between the M139 and the 2GR-FE only, excluding the extra cost of getting the V6 itself, and probably off by quite a bit. Assuming the I4 is supposed to compete with the Cayman S and the V6 with the GTS 4.0, the I4 will be a steal. Less so if its normal Cayman and Cayman S.
  17. Is that a realistic option though? Is it wishful thinking or something you see could happen? Again, I know zilch squat about tuning cars. The last thing I took apart and put back together was a Honda Wallaroo in 1995 or so 😂
  18. Sweet ride! If I'm ever up for a swim that far, I might take you up on that!
  19. Apart from my price threshold being different, my thoughts exactly! Yellow brake calipers and black pack?
  20. I love that bike! How has your experience been with parts and repairs? When I bought that Hornet, MV was in the middle of collapsing (some say it always is) and people were waiting months if not years for replacement parts. Still took me some self control to go with the sensible option. You can't just drop a Dragster RR into a conversation and not post a picture though, that's just bad form 😂 I too love speed, but I refuse to go past the point where I feel I'm not 100% in control anymore and can handle whatever comes my way, with cars that's around 200kph and with bikes around 160kph (on the highway). I've seen more crashed Lambo's than moving ones... (they do disintegrate spectacularly by the way)
  21. Well, it's obviously all relative! 360 bhp at that weight is still plenty for most drivers. It'll certainly be faster than I can use to its full potential (my previous highest-hp car was 210, I think). And I fully expect Lotus to make it screech, as you say low end power and torque will be much more important to me than top end. Let's not get hung up on the numbers, if it's just traffic light runs might as well get a Model 3. Same goes for motorcycles. I tried out some quicker ones (though clearly not Fireblade quick) like the Brutale (😍), but in the end settled on a nice I4 600cc Hornet because that bike is still faster than I am. I'm not ready to die just yet 🤷‍♂️ If I ever level up though... It's not that I'm completely without skill, I've done some track days, even came first in some novice amateur stuff, virtually always win when karting (don't judge me its fun!), etc. But even at 360 this car is likely to be a fair bit beyond my skill level to fully utilize - let alone having access to roads to do so - and I expect 90% of buyers to be below even that level (ignoring misplaced confidence). I appreciate that a few people here are die-hard drivers who can go "beyond their material" but that's not going to be the average Emira buyer; those will be stuck in traffic most of the time commuting their 9-to-5.
  22. Pretty sure it's the same for (most of) the EU though. @Evotion would be fully illegal in every way 😂
  23. If it ends up being an M139 at 360HP, will an encrypted ECU (or whatever protections Lotus will have) be a problem to tune the engine back to high performance levels? I know nothing about these things, nor do I think it's something I will do, just wondering.
  24. That digital dash in the early 80's T/A's sure was something! I've seen it, but none of mine had it, they were all analog.
  25. I've seen it mentioned here as well that it has been confirmed, but I've watched every video and listened to every podcast I could find up to a few days ago, and while it has been mentioned, it was never by anyone actually from Lotus that I could find. I would love it being the M139, but I can see how the M133 may be a better proposition - though I do believe emission limits play a part in the I4 selection, so if the M139 is cleaner per HP, that shifts preference back to M139 even if it is in a "low" HP variant. Would love to be pointed at a true confirmation.
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