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  1. 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
  2. Just to add myself in 02/06/21 deposit paid to silverstone for i4
  3. if that is China, car appears to have a lotus rather than "Lotus NYO" badge
  4. Would be very pleasantly surprised to see 14 deliveries before 2023
  5. to look at on real computer monitors, which TBH are not brilliant at representing metallic car colours
  6. if verdant is empire green, I used the pictures from Hofmann's as reference
  7. i think i4 release date in china and i4 uk release are not mutually dependent
  8. Sod the Emira, was that an orange / tartan S1 esprit (my dream combination)
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. we also have the AMG a45s (as well as AMG a45) in this country
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. if UK spec i4 FE is to same power & torque, it will be very interesting Look forward to hearing it
  17. LOTUS NYO?? on the badges [edit] found it another chinese company got there first - lol
  18. But they could use the "British" spelling of Hangar
  19. and remember there will be more powerful & more expensive variants later as well (inevitably)
  20. 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
  21. they are, and the jelly mould paint samples
  22. 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
  23. the darker that green sex toy looks, the more I like it
  24. the Corvette is a little above the price range I am looking, but for £80-100K it would be well on my radar, and probably would if I were on a V6FE, just to compare the poverty spec 'vette Are we pretending that all the choices mentioned are not straight line chasers and dick extensions - For the corners and driving experience on 4 wheels the choice is around the Seven end of the market
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