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  1. They told dealers there would be an FE Evora and gave them a timeframe for announcing details. Dealers were telling customers and some taking deposits on them 🤷‍♂️ I guess they changed their plans.
  2. Strategically it would make much more sense for Lotus to use Volvo-Polestar engines. Cross-development (Lotus Engineering do lots of work for engine manufacturers), no negotiating a deal and royalties with another manufacturer, and a simpler path for a hybrid/EV option during the model lifecycle.
  3. Yes, based on what I've been told
  4. @Techyd I've just been advised by Goodwood that extra FOS tickets and packages will go on sale at 12:00 tomorrow, including for Saturday which was sold out.
  5. I agree and it was both a plus and a minus for the Evora. It was "better" than both Cayman and 911 depending on your criteria (+2 seats for some , price, performance, handling, depreciation, running costs, rarity). But the motoring press tried to compare against both. The V6 Exige was more obviously not a 911 and if there was a Porsche competitor it was the Cayman, but not if you consider some of the criteria. I'm hoping Lotus have learned more about positioning, marketing, launching, press briefing etc since the Evora. Looking forward not just to the car but how they bring it to mark
  6. The market is changing. A 4cyl turbo with DCT, decent power. light weight and Lotus handling won't win at "Top Trumps" down the pub, but it'll be a cracking drivers car. It won't be as cheap as an Elise, that's not what this immediate launch is aimed at. A £60k to £80k range crosses more than one model of a few competitors. Although the Evora was talked about as a 911 competitor, it straddled both Cayman and 911 price-wise and didn't necessarily try to compete head on with either. Lotus is better trying to differentiate rather than "me too" against Porsche.
  7. You're pretty close there. At launch it'll be a V6 manual at £80k base then with options on top. Soon after that there'll be a 4cyl turbo with DCT from £60k base. VVA based chassis architecture. New factory to build it, so upping the game on build quality. Styling will take cues from the Evija and still make reference to recent Lotus designs. Handling? Like a Lotus. So, in the same way the Evora gives you 90% of the performance of a car 2x as expensive, the same for the Type 131. Don't go head to head with Porsche or McLaren, but produce a great drivers car that is a step up from the
  8. The Type 131 is going to be launched at Goodwood FOS on the Thursday (8 July, Manufacturers Day). It'll be there for the rest of the weekend too. I'll be there on Thursday if anyone wants to meet up. Tickets still available for Thu, Fri and Sun, grandstand tickets only available on Thu now
  9. They're selling out fast! Thursday is manufacturers day, with fewer of the usual cars doing runs up the hill but more new/recent launches. With so many motor shows cancelled I'm expecting to see several launches being done there. Lotus will be there across Fri to Sun too, but the launch itself will be on the Thu.
  10. ... and I'll be there! Super excited!
  11. FE Evora details due to be announced in the next 2-3 weeks. Expected to be similar to GT spec. I suspect the delay is because they need to confirm parts supply for the intended numbers.
  12. I'd suggest don't wait for adverts but tell a handful of dealers you are ready and what you want, so they pick up the phone to you when one comes up. I'd suggest at least Stratton, Silverstone, B&C given their volumes. Also tellWill Blackham and Guy Munday you are looking, who are trusted independents. If it must be an LE then be clear on which colours (and try to be flexible!) and if not LE then what is must have. There is a decent level of interest now in used Evoras with end of line coming and some may trade in older Evoras against a Final Edition Evora or Elise/Exige. Another batc
  13. Not that I've heard yet. My sources are reliable, I'll share what I can but I can't share everything. As some know, I had a very early deposit down on an Evora while it was Project Eagle and was able to provide some info back then. The Evora section on here was started by Bibs and me as the standalone EvoraForum before moving to TLF 👍
  14. I hope they don't do the same "Launch Edition" approach as done for the Evora. Whilst it's nice to have a fully loaded car, it meant all the early batch were very top end price and I had to give up my slot for #12. I've heard the Type 131 will be V6 first, then 4 cylinder, so at launch it's likely to be the higher end of the price range anyway. I'm with you on this. Would make more sense for Lotus to use an engine from the Geely family and, with an eye to the future, have something with a hybrid and/or EV option. @Karl M Roberts how have you managed to order and via which
  15. Did the previous owner have a tracker fitted? Even if the subscription has lapsed it can still be a parasitic drain. I think the factory fit alarm on the Evora causes a fair chunk of the drain when the car is left standing, so if it's in a locked garage you could try disabling the alarm and see if it will go for longer. Or an auto electrician could check it.
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