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  1. The Lotus' skate finally visible: thanks Bibs So basic specs are available in China... what a surprise to none ever. 905bhp for the top spec... That borders on ridiculous, The Taycan Turbo offers a pretty sufficient 700+ bhp.
  2. ^^^Ok. Lotus has never been about hyping up stuff years in advance, Eletre is still about 8/10 months away from market, their goal is winter 2023. We know price will be priced up a tad under 100k. Their logic has been to tease. they've done it for a while ; Evora was first teased, then unveiled and after that they went into silence before release. Evija was teased, stunned on unveil and has been hit with delays in part due to Covid, in part due to a change in supplier/partner. Emira was teased, very effectively I would say, and now it is being launched, there have been delays too I Believe, but come to think of it, it hasn't been a year since its public unveil at Goodwood so by Lotus standard they are on schedule. Eletre was unveiled on march 29th, so about two months ago. there will be no news about price at least until september, if we get anything before that consider it a bonus. They have not even finished speccing the vehicle yet, before they give you a price the may need to know how much it will cost especially the entry model spec, because the model unveiled was the top of the line and i really doubt that the golden toggles will cost the same as the run of the mill aluminium ones... As for the agency model. Everybody in the industry is trying to cut the middle man, it is no surprise. Tesla showed what is possible, even though it is far from perfect. Volvo and Polestar are adopting alternative sale strategies, The Geely group is encouraging its brands to try new ways to sell cars. Lotus strategy's goal is to compensate for a dealer network that most have described as deficient.
  3. Oh come on! you are pulling my leg right!?
  4. Chrome red!?
  5. under two tons, lowest possible weight for the entry level would be quite a feat, that is nearly half a ton lighter than an Urus 3/4 of a ton lighter than a Bentayga and over half a ton lighter than a comparable Model X.
  6. Nope they won't be, they are hinting at low 4s, it will take the Sport/ R or GT model to go below 4sec.
  7. Just spotted a posting on instagram of the Emira key keyless off course, i don't know if it is a prototype or not pic makes it look unfinished.
  8. Lidar testing ? this SUV is low to the ground in the pic... air suspension determined right height.
  9. NedaSay

    Emira GT4

    The engine spec sheet of the Emira GT4 looks very close to production spec compared to the Evora GT4 of old... They have just unlocked the torque limiter and 7200 rpm red line. is interesting the 400bhp max are definitely "regulations" limited
  10. NedaSay

    Emira GT4

    It would not be illogical... Brabus showed what could be done with that engine and a simple ECU remap. Then again the V6 is capable of producing silly power numbers and Lotus has just showed that they are able to get beyond the physical limitation of the BG6 gearbox with the Radford project... Emira GT5XX is not impossible.
  11. Come to think of the parallels between Lotus under DB versus JMG, PP and MW. is the absence of the Lotus brand in high profile Motorsport program. while DB got Lotus involved in LM24 GT and LMP1, Indy 500, Formula 1... JMG did not run any program, nor did PP and MW only did a bit of it with Extreme E and Lotus Engineering for just a season.
  12. Damn it this is exactly what i was thinking... The big difference is this time the CEO has the means to actually do what Dany promised and is way less showy. But the parallel is unavoidable.
  13. The re-calibration of the brand is in progress. It is probably their most cohesive brand video ever, The Roundel has lost its green though...
  14. In the early Emira photos... The bhp number displayed was 481hp. I don't think it was a mistake, Lotus can get these number either with The V6 or the i4. The Emira GT4XX is also going to be way lighter, however it is still some time away into the future, don't hold your breath.
  15. So if the teaser are true there is a Emira GT480 in the wing... This would give the 718 GT4-RS some bone to chew on.
  16. That is because it is.
  17. Ok this is nice. But where is the Emira GT4?!
  18. NedaSay

    Type 133

    In the Geely group, this segment is assigned to premium brands Polestar and Volvo. Lotus is positioned higher. Lotus is hunting the Porsche hence the decision to come up with a Taycan competitor. Besides margin on upper echelon cars are much more interesting and Lotus needs each car they make to generate substantial margins...
  19. Lotus Evija in Forza Horizon 1.95 sec 0 to 60 mph
  20. Not really surprising... Lotus has generously geared Hethel for future production and more capacity is still to come with the continuous refurbishment of the historical buildings. The tech they will use for the future sport car is specific enough. Dieppe is also an old factory that will need refurbishment in order to produce the future cars of the brand. if the sport car is Lotus engineered the SUV will be Renault Group engineered (as of now) on a completely different platform and with different assembly process. It is not illogical that both sport car and SUV won't be able to share production line. Beside Dieppe is supposed to become Renault Group AMG's... the place where hot Renaults will be fettled with so they need a shop to finish putting the new Alpine 5 together and hot version of Renault Megane. In the meantime Hethel will be able to assemble the electric Alpine sportcar and future Lotus sport cars on one single production line. The more business for Lotus the merrier, they probably want a few more high profile customers willing to have a public relationship.
  21. This is a tricky one. On a normal year I would say yes and it would not be too much of a hassle, but since covid year one, the year of the big car rental flood.... Car rentals don't have enough car to go around anymore. And If you can cross the border, no problem with the car rental if you pay the out of this world extra waiver that is. Car rental offices are more hesitant to let their car go stateside because, Covid not permitting, the car may be stuck stateside. Hertz used to do it I think they now want the car return to an airport in country. Still Entreprise and Alamo do do it. But you may be better of with a smaller player sometime, which would require you to pick your car up downtown Mtl to drop it at Boston airport. The real question being, are local car rentals offices willing to play ball with the idea. Best of luck.
  22. When you say soon... We would need to know how soon, a few weeks or s few days?
  23. Lotus finds a buyer for anodizing business
  24. NedaSay

    Type 133

    Can we call this a lazy render?! Reuse Eletre key marker, check . Do not look at the teaser provided by the brand for the upcoming models, check! Give the render the hood of an ICE luxobarge check.
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