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  1. esprit makes it look big and bulbous
  2. he is consistent this is the article that is meant to have got him in trouble https://jalopnik.com/how-auto-journalism-fails-when-nationalism-gets-involve-1686723025 the kicker is his opinion that the Evora 400 "Once the goodwill from the UK magazines and websites has subsided, Lotus will be left with a car that is more expensive than a Cayman GT4, has a fraction of the showroom appeal and looks far too similar to the model that's been on sale since 2009. An 'all new supercar?' Come on." I think history will judge that comment not far from the mark If he sees the Emira as not new underneath, that may not be a problem, as there seems little criticism of how the 400 + Evoras drove; that lotus have come up with a car that is both cheaper and new looking suggests his words were true. I cannot see it taking much more than 2 years for total emira sales to exceed total evora sales (a decade's worth)
  3. I assume Lotus have now mastered a/c only driven old ones with ac fitted, which was a cost option that meant that when you pushed a button, a little light illuminated
  4. Just to add myself in 02/06/21 deposit paid to silverstone for i4
  5. if that is China, car appears to have a lotus rather than "Lotus NYO" badge
  6. Would be very pleasantly surprised to see 14 deliveries before 2023
  7. to look at on real computer monitors, which TBH are not brilliant at representing metallic car colours
  8. if verdant is empire green, I used the pictures from Hofmann's as reference https://hofmanns.co.uk/sold-car/lotus-evora-gt430/
  9. i think i4 release date in china and i4 uk release are not mutually dependent
  10. Sod the Emira, was that an orange / tartan S1 esprit (my dream combination)
  11. I dont see how lotus can finalise the i4 pricing, until they know when they are building them. Inflation is well over 4% and materials for everything are rising far faster. Unless they run a token few down the line, I think the £60K base car wont happen, as they will be delivering 2021 prices in 2023 If the UK i4FE turns into a 2023 delivery, then the base car could easily hit 2024
  12. I think the issue with the V6 is more the gearbox bolted to it for that sort of power. The (exige based) Radford Europa changes to a DSG I think for higher powered alternatives, but on a price point much higher than this car. AMG tuners have some pretty racy options for the CLA45S already, so suspect that box will not be a limiting factor
  13. we also have the AMG a45s (as well as AMG a45) in this country
  14. I would be very surprised to see a FE i4 with similar power to the v6, but a cheaper price point I suspect there is an element of dithering to decide price point as well as power, and I assume a car loaded with options is far more profitable than a base model
  15. is anyone surprised that the likely evolution of the model may be First edition / standard edition / heritage paint edition / higher powered edition That would be like every lotus car ever
  16. i suspect that both the AMG CLA45 and CLA45S engines are available to Lotus, and that the i4 will have two price points. Be interesting to know which side of the fence the UK FE sits
  17. one would assume that China will not be last country in the world to receive customer cars. Would be interesting to know when their deliveries start, and i4 cars roll down the line
  18. if UK spec i4 FE is to same power & torque, it will be very interesting Look forward to hearing it
  19. LOTUS NYO?? on the badges [edit] found it https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1920341 another chinese company got there first - lol
  20. But they could use the "British" spelling of Hangar
  21. and remember there will be more powerful & more expensive variants later as well (inevitably)
  22. I think the problem is that Lotus have swept up a lot of individuals who have not bought "pre-production" before. If you need a test drive and to see the car in the trim / colour combination you want to order, then you have to order post launch. At that point however, I cannot see the wait list being shorter, and it really does not want to be. High residuals will only make the car more desirable
  23. they are, and the jelly mould paint samples
  24. yesterday in the day at Silverstone for me thought they did a great job, first time I had seen the Emira Settled on i4 LE green / red interior, black wheels, definitely goodyears, and probably sport suspension
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