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    Current: Evora S IPS, Volvo 945 Gone: Esprit SE, Mercedes 280CE, Fiat 500 (classic)

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  1. Here is the thing: While it is important for Lotus as a Brand, how Testers and Motorjournalist rate the car, it is less important for each of us. Except you only buy the car if e v e r y b o d y likes it or for the bragging rights.... But then again you should ask yourself if you are a driver or a poser... For my part, I couldn't care less.. I would certainly not base my decision on the opinion of any youtuber, influencer, tester etc. (Although, there are a few I really like watching: Harry's Garage, Steve Sutcliffe, Henry Catchpole.. ) But in the end, it all comes down to how the car feels to drive, how it makes me feel driving it and owning it. (and do I have enough money to buy it... πŸ˜‰ That is why I would never buy a car that I have not driven for a long test drive on the road I know. Many times I have done a test drive with other cars and came to a quite different opinion than some testers.. Or you just see some things that would bother you everytime you drive the car etc.. Would I have bought the car based on their opinion, I would not be happy now... If that means I have to wait longer for the Emira (or any other car), so be it. I'm pretty sure, the Emira will be an amazing car for most people. Will it be for me? We will see.. Do I need the absolution from others? Nope and you neither... πŸ˜‰
  2. Driving home for Christmas.. πŸ˜‰
  3. Cool picture of the Emira! But of course I hold that below against it.. πŸ˜‰
  4. @Eagle7 Excellent job!! Make some in blue! Midnight Blue and Essex Blue πŸ˜‰
  5. And look at this colour!! And military grey wasn't even on my radar.. I mean, come on Lotus, the Emira FE colours sucks.. πŸ˜‰
  6. I know. But I mean the First Edition. The Base Edition that come 2023 could well be i4 only… Some countries have new regulation as soon as 2025..
  7. I stick to my opinion, that the FE colours are not the best idea from Lotus. The design is stunning, no question about that. And I am sure it will drive like a Lotus. So everybody coming from other brands will be suprised how good it is πŸ˜‰ And when I see the EU regulation regarding combution engine, I came to the conclusion that the Emira FE could quite possible be the last V6 from Lotus. This speaks strongly for a buy.. But for the Evora owners there are some points against it: - It all comes down to the question if the Emira is better than the Evora for the price. - Same engine and geabox (maybe lighter fly wheel?). The gear stick is longer, so probably no quick gear change. When I see the driving videos with Jenson or Harry's Garage, it alway looks a bit odd when the swich gear.. πŸ˜‰ Maybe nothing wrong with that, but also no upgrade to Evora. - Will it drive, feel, brake better than the Evora? They claim yes, but needs to be seen. I have until today not driven any car that was better in that respect (Porsches, Alpine, BMW etc..) and simply c a n n o t imagine that it will be better than the Evora. If so, they would have certainly managed to do a miracle .. πŸ˜‰ Possible annoying details to live with: - Approach angle less than Evora?? Hope not, I already have problems to get down into the garage with my Evora. If the Emira is worse in that, it would not be more useable.. - 5cm wider than the Evora does not help on narrow B road and the alps and parking/exit but maybe ok. - Does the interior feel so special like the Evora? After all you spend your time inside the car and not looking at from the outside... - Seems less pratical regarding luggage than my 2+0 Evora. Less room behind seats.. I will see the Emira in flesh next week! So let's see if it changes my opinion πŸ˜‰
  8. Excellent job! Did not want to β€žstealβ€œ your work. πŸ˜‰
  9. I allways rent the skis at the resort. Much easier, newest ski model in prefect shape.. πŸ˜‰
  10. "true daily" depends on your expectation and useage. I was drivin an Esprit SE and now an Evora S as a daily, summer/winter in Switzerland (yes, we have snow...). The salt must be removed at least weekly, but the Evora drives just fine in any condition. The feel for the road that every Lotus has, helps also in difficult conditions. Never used snow chains though... As a transport mule it works ok, but it is of course no SUV/Estate/AWD/4WD family bomber.. But than again, it feels kind of cool if you return to the parking lot at the skiing resort with all those SUVs and take the Lotus for the drive home... priceless πŸ˜‰
  11. It seems foolish to introduce a sports car that is too loud for track use. I don't think Lotus will repeat the mistake again which they have done with the Evora 4xx. And frankly speaking, a car that is too loud for track should not be allowed on public roads either.. come on guys! It is for drivers after all and not for posers...
  12. After updating to the latest software the IPS is not that bad in the S1 (S version at least). Of course I only drive in sport mode, the normal mode is only for highway crusing. I will time it next time, but it is close to 0.4sec in sport mode for up and about the same for down. Keep in mind, that it is o n l y a software issue, as the hardware is exactly the same in all Evoras... If the manual in the Emira is exactly the same as in the Evora (=not improved), I would take the v6 auto. If they have improved the manual over the Evora, than I take the manual πŸ˜‰
  13. Snow came early this year in the Swiss mountains. It's not that unusal, but I hope the mountain passes stay open for a little bit longer. Have changed to winter tyres (Goodyear Ultra Grip), so I ready for some runs.. πŸ˜‰
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