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  1. I have a 400 and love it. The interior quality has improved each stage from my LE, S1 MY12 to the 400 now. However go sit in a 911 under 3 yrs old, let alone a new one or any other comparable. The interior in a Lotus is now great if you are used to Lotus, but trying to tempt those from other Marques it falls a long way short. Indicator stalks, mirror controls, key (from a 20 yr old Ford?) etc etc I love it but I really think you need to WANT a Lotus to have one.
  2. we got a new Macan on Lease in April through a leasing company and my business partner got a new disco at the same time. I did lots of spreasheets etc to work out the depreciation cost of purchasing v lease etc and came to the conclusion that it was not really very much more money at all but we got a brand new car of choice which seemed worth it We leased them via the business as much better tax benefits. We also got option to buy at the end of 3 yrs with a pre agreed fixed price - I expect the car to be worth easily £5k more than the pre agreed value so will probably buy it, keep it another year or 2 then sell it on. We did lots of research and found the specialist lease companies to be best value; Main dealers more expensive. We opted for Vantage Leasing who did a good deal and will source any car for you If you get a Porsche which is probably built to your order, avoid 'options' as far as possible - they increase the lease cost massively as they don't seem to depreciate them at all so you pay pretty much the full cost of the options over the lease period. If you are open to suggestions of make/model , the lease companies seemed to have loads of available stock for such as Mercs and Audis at very cheap rates (but Mrs B wanted the porker and in fairness its a very nice place to sit).
  3. Wow thanks sorry I missed was a big one.... Mrs B threw a surprise trip to Vegas...
  4. In fairness the vantage was so bad I wouldn’t consider it. the IPS fooled me on the test drive.
  5. "you get used to it" that's my point. Compared to any DSG the IPS is poor I also tried a Vantage with paddle shift - same old technology and also rubbish. by contrast we also have a Macan (sorry everyone) as family car - it is used as an auto for 99.9% of the time but the paddle shift is brilliant in comparison. If you never driven a modern double clutch paddle shift then the IPS is fine, or if you use it as an auto then its also fine. just my opinion
  6. Had both. LE brilliant but after driving an S you will be wanting more. IPS - ok if you leave it in auto mode but woeful using paddles - was ready to sell it after a couple of months but persevered for a year. manual S is what you need, or. 400
  7. Car going in to dealer next Monday for a full inspection as it is now approaching 3 years old and I want to make sure any problems are captured before the Lotus warranty expires. I already have a list of minor things but wondered if anyone has any guidance on common things to look out for to make sure they don't get overlooked. thanks
  8. Noticed that my polarised ray banns make the LED/LCD (?) display vanish - cannot see the digital speed or any other digital readouts. Non polarised glasses seem fine. This in the 400; didn't notice it in the earlier cars. Anyone else noticed this problem ?
  9. Going back to Hethel to do the Gold course this Saturday 17th Aug.... anyone else going ?
  10. Prefer the outgoing font and the fact that the LOTUS text 'smiles' rather than being straight. Be interesting to see the new font in a curved style to compare. Also most modern designs are all very simple so this is probably in keeping with current trends. I suspect most people wouldn't even notice it
  11. did I hear correct....10 mins to a full charge? if that is reality then the goalposts have surely been moved massively
  12. Looks great what is holding the coke can ? am I missing something in mine?
  13. according to the various press releases I have read the 400 Hethel Ed should have some sort of plaque to confirm it is a H Ed. If this is correct then mine seemsto be missing....can anyone shed any light on this - is there a plaque and if so where ? thanks Pail
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    Morgans (lots)

    In Norwich last weekend to do the LDA Silver level on Saturday, so stayed over Friday and sat night with Mrs B. On the way we spotted several Morgans, turned out to be their annual gathering somewhere nearby. Quite a few were in our hotel car park that eve.....
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