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  1. Fully understand and agree with what you say. It is not about the champagne, caviar, etc. or even only the price. I think it is about the tone which is currently a bit all over the place - they risk trying to be everything to everyone. Firstly, what tone does Lotus want around the Emira? If it was about a beautiful, slick, aspirational car (which the ad potrays), the event (apart from the car) definitely was not that. It was not even about the heritage and properly connecting us to it. It felt like 'the Lotus of old' with the talk about the 'new Lotus' not matching what it felt like. Second, while most on this forum are 'all about the car' and enthusiasts (hence more forgiving - and I consider myself a newbie here), we are not what is going to give Lotus its 1000s of sales and financial future. To do that, the experience needs to be a lot better - not mimic Porshce but compete with it. That is what hit Alpine especially in the UK. Maybe, Lotus will get this right elsewhere - seems like the Bahrain launch was more slick. Anyway, let's see how this plays out. Onto the drive next!
  2. Agre - I too was at B&C last evening. The car is stunning but Lotus really have to up their game on the customer expererience if they want to compete with Porsche and the premium marques that they are positioning the Emira against. The team at B&C were very friendly and knowledgeable, and Russell was very inspiring. But, beyond that, it felt very low budget, mass market and amateur hour. I did not feel special at all as a early depositor and my wife (who is less of a car enthusiast) was very unimpressed. Definitely did not feel the way I would want to when buying a £75k car and the experience makes me nervous whether Lotus will be able to up their game and what the experience in the run up to and after the sale will be like. The contrast to my experience when buying the Alpine A110 is stark (and they were quite amateur too!). I do not want it to be swish; but I wanted the experience be special and personal, and really bring me into Lotus' great heritage and the Emira journey - it was unwhelming on that. However, the car is beautiful and feels special in itself. So, I am going ahead with the next step of my order and excited about that. Hoping the rest of the experience falls into place and driving it in spring '22 clinches it!
  3. [email protected] B&C confirmed to me today that it will be the blue one as it is the ‘finish ready’ one and the closest to how the production cars will look. Especially the quality of the interiors. It does not have an engine though so no hope of hearing the soundtrack or dreaming of driving it. Strictly a static demo - just to get us excited to see and feel it in the flesh.
  4. You may be right - how that could work is still vague. They could still take the configuration and 10k or so in the next few weeks but give those who want it the option to back out until they have driven the car - may be delayed a few weeks but not fully lose their place. Of course, if you are sure what you want, you could get the V6 early. Hopefully it gets clearer in Sep!!
  5. Apologies if this has already been covered but here is what I have gleaned from speaking to the dealers and Lotus central hub. At least for the UK. 1) Static display cars on UK roadshow from 21 Sep. Will be at each dealer for 2-3 days depending on dealer. Will continue until Oct. Lotus central hub will send an email in 7-10 days to all depositors with details and, I think, allowing to book dealer visit slots. 2) Dealers will start helping configure cars around this time, if not already done. 3) Cars will become available for press drives perhaps late this year, more likely early next year - for both V6 and i4 versions. They are still awaiting decisions/ details on that. 4) Customer test drives will become available from Feb next year for both V6 and i4 versions. Customers will have time until end-Mar next year to confirm their order without losing their place - so that they can see the reviews and also test drive the cars. Not sure how that will work - feels like they are still working through that. Hope that helps
  6. Thanks! Very helpful. Was in Poole, so dropped into Hendy Lotus this morning. Good chat with the team there about the Emira. Said that timelines have been pushed back and they expect the UK roadshow to be in Oct now. The cars are still in the US. And expect some more see details to trickle in from mid-Sep.
  7. Interesting. Have not received the email either. But then, I did not indicate any preferred dealer when playing my deposit directly with Lotus online. Looks like I will need to speak to a dealer. I am in west London. Nearest option seems to be Hexagon, and then a little distance away, B&C. Any advice on who I should go with based on service? New to Lotus - so no experience with any Lotus dealer. Thanks all!
  8. Agree - quite similar. Will depend on how the Emira drives. And also, if I go in for the V6 manual. Would not enjoy taking stop-start London driving in that as a daily. Was easier in the Alpine as there was no choice of engine or gearbox - along with its size, makes for pretty good city driving too. Yeah! the Alpine does feel special and makes heads turn and thumbs up wherever I go. Seen only three others in the UK in the time I had it - one last weekend!
  9. Hi all, New to Lotus - been watching them from afar but the cabin was a little too spartan for me 😉. The Emira really ups the game and has enticed me to jump both feet in! Coming from another sublime driving car - Alpine A110 Legende. Been a little more than 2 years now and it got me back in love with driving, especially in winding, country roads - perfect with no flying the last year or so. Looking forward to seeing how the Emira compares, and then the BIG question will be - do I keep both? 🤔
  10. 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - 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 29 June 21 - greg/valetpro - Not decided which engine yet. 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual 7 July 21 - LotusAmateur - UK - undecided 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 - JimH - i4 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6 16 July 21 - Frickin Idiot AMG / V6
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