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  1. Actually you already nailed my preferred spec your first time around: nimbus, no black pack, silver wheels, yellow calipers, brown seats
  2. Fantastic job. Thanks again for doing this!! Would love to see a series of the Nimbus with no black pack.
  3. Well, that's as good a reference as any. I think verdant may be a colour that works best in places like Australia, Florida and California where the default is lots of sun. It seems to flop to black as soon as it's out of direct light. Eg, this video:
  4. Spot on. If only Verdant looked like this, I'd be choosing it without question. But it's definitely a bit darker, arguably too dark. Lotus promised us painted shells, so that will be the ultimate decider for me.
  5. I think the V6 auto is a slightly risky spec from a resale point of view. Longer term, I could see the V6 manual being quite collectible but if people want an auto they will favour the DCT with AMG engine.
  6. Indeed! If they are going to manufacture a full car, rather than just paint a shell, then what would be truly helpful is if they also make one in each of the interior combinations: red leather, tan leather, etc.
  7. Beg to differ. I'm (fairly) certain it is Magma Red. The light in the factory, the camera used to film the video, and your monitor all conspire to make the red look different.
  8. Makes a lot of sense. I've been through every Empire Green (previously called Imperial Green) photo I can find, and it looks exactly like Verdant.
  9. This US dealer delivery video has an Evora in Empire Green. It looks black from a distance but green closer to the car. At the end I think you get a good sense of the colour
  10. Hope so, they were silent on that in the information email, so we'll need to clarify that. Also, they have asked for our configuration and I'd like to know if there's flexibility to make changes for a period of time. For example, seeing photos of a green Emira or even photos of larger colours samples might change our preferences.
  11. In case you guys think you have it tough in the UK . . . today in Australia we received emails asking us to re-commit to the First Edition and make a second deposit, or lose our place on the list. And we haven't even seen the colour samples here, let alone the car!
  12. Perhaps because we have all now seen so many photos and videos that the initial impact of the design is gone; it's not longer an exciting new thing??
  13. That's not quite right. The luxury car tax is only applied to the price above $69,000. And Australia's GST is 10% versus 20% VAT in the UK. So the direct comparison would be to reduce the UK price by 10% (for the difference in VAT), then apply the exchange rate, then apply the LCT on the amount above $69k £76,000 less 10% = £68,400. Convert to AUD = $127,400. Add the LCT of $19,272 = $146,672 Instead, Lotus has set the price at $185k which is a 26% extra price premium [Just to add complexity, there's a bit of uncertainty on whether Lotus will still be charged the old 5% import tariff which is being phased out due to the new free trade agreement. If so, that would add another ~$7k that Lotus could "fairly" be charging in Australia but certainly doesn't close the gap]
  14. Good question. With black pack, auto, and on-road costs, the price could reach as much as A$200,00 and it seems that people had hoped for something closer to $180k or $185k. Lotus could have used the launch of the Emira to build a bit of market share in Australia rather than just say "well, Porsche get away with that pricing here so we can too."
  15. On Facebook, almost all the active participants in the Australian Emira Owners group have stated that they are getting their deposit back. While it's true that the Australian V6FE price relative to the Cayman GTS is similar to other markets, I think Lotus has made the wrong call on pricing. Australia's have (reluctantly) become accustomed to paying a significant premium for a Porsche versus in Europe or the USA. But Porsche has completely different brand recognition (and brand prestige) to Lotus in this part of the world. And part of the implicit deal is that resale values on Porsches in Australia are bulletproof. We might pay 40% more than the Americans, but we get most of it back on resale. Can Lotus offer the same assurance? People seem to be voting with their feet.
  16. Now that a number of you have seen the car in the flesh, I wondered if it has changed your view on the interior spec? Alcantara or leather? And what about for the steering wheel?
  17. Slightly above a no-options GTS 4.0. We all know how easy it is to add to £10k or more of options to Porsche! I'd say the V6FE is slightly cheaper (maybe 10%?) than a GTS 4.0 with comparable options.
  18. Mrs Ridg is a wise woman. Tifosi.
  19. Couldn't agree more. It's not as if they didn't know the UK roadshow was coming. Extraordinary that they are still dependent on the two Goodwood prototypes
  20. Correct. Put in place by Howard to protect the dying local car industry. Back in June there was talk of (at minimum) dumping the LCT for UK imports as part of negotiating the free trade agreement. They waived the 5% import tariff for UK cars, but seem to have gone very quiet on the LCT. Getting our government to eliminate a tax is like asking a child to hand back a lolly!
  21. I do think there's a risk that the black roof on a 3-5 year old Emira that is driven regularly could start to look a bit shabby.
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