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  1. 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˜‰
  2. 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..
  3. 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˜‰
  4. Excellent job! Did not want to β€žstealβ€œ your work. πŸ˜‰
  5. I allways rent the skis at the resort. Much easier, newest ski model in prefect shape.. πŸ˜‰
  6. "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˜‰
  7. 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...
  8. 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˜‰
  9. 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˜‰
  10. IMG_6666.MP4 Playing around with the iphone… seems not to work πŸ˜‚
  11. A little driving on a Saturday night…. (ok it is Friday, but anyway..) πŸ˜‰
  12. Speed matters.. πŸ˜‰ Bonneville Racetrack, a place for heros..
  13. Look at Aston Martin with the dark chocolate interior.. sold a lot of those.. πŸ˜‰
  14. Really a pitty these FE colours... Instead of the FE colours, I think these ones below would have been much better: - Blue: light blue metalic, Essex blue, Persian Blue, Midnight blue metalic - Green: I like the Dark verdant, but Motorsport green or any lighter green would be nice - Red: Why not the cool Fire red in the first place? - Grey/Silver: Nimbus is certainly special, but why not a "normal" silver? The grey is grey, ok fine. - Yellow: me like! - Missing: Chrome orange, any other orange Interior: - Dark brown would be top The Emira looks stunning in every colour, but with a more careful colour selection it would be an even greater success. Personal taste of course..
  15. Execellent colour choice! Same story for me. Had an Esprit SE (in white) as my only car for some time, loved it as a super cool GT car and did a lot of roadtrips with it, but used it daily.. Then I bought an Evora S, IPS, that was the best example available at that time. As a strictly manual driver before, I quickly started to like the auto. Never looked back πŸ˜‰ I have test driven the Alpine A110 (not enough space for roadtrips, not "better" driving experience than my Evora, medicore interior quality) and the Cayman GTS (see my other post for the "review"). Now the Emira is on the horizon. Generally I like it. Not sure it is allready too wide (not a benefit when driving in the alps...). Once a demo car is available, I will do a back-to-back test with my Evora. If it is "better" for me, (which I hardly think it is...) I would order one, but only if there are more colour choices and the V6 is a must. Would take the auto. Don't understand the hype for the AMG, but time will tell if a 4banger can float my boat πŸ˜‰ Love to see Lotus prosper! Will never buy an SUV, but the 2026 e-sports car is certainly on the list.. ;-)
  16. I call it finesse.. πŸ˜‰
  17. I have changed the original to the Kenwood DNR4190DABS. Wanted one with a knob for the volume. It has Apple Car play (android too I think) and a Garmin Navigation. Not wireless apple car play, but that is no problem for me. Sound is very good, just make sure you use the Lotus Manual for the Equalizer... πŸ˜‰ And DAB with an antenna in the A pillar. Works all perfect.
  18. Looks cool! When I bought my Evora I absolutely wanted a manual.. but at that time, the best car was an auto, so I took it. And guess what, after driving it, the auto/IPS became better and better, autoblip, torque etc.. And not worrying about the clutch etc. makes it even better. Don't miss the manual at all. So I probably would also take it in the Emira V6, if the manual is unchanged from the Evora.
  19. How does the V6 - automatic interiour looks like ? Same as the i4 dct? Or more Evora-like with buttons? Picture?
  20. Well, I would go for something practical.. My current set-up: Evora S + Volvo 945 works out nicely so far. Would love to convert the Volvo to electric (including solar roof to fight phantom drain), but 500km (more than 300miles) range is an absolut must for me. So maybe I just wait some other years.. πŸ˜‰ But as of today: Lotus Emira + Volvo V60 Cross Country
  21. Stumbled over this... πŸ˜‰
  22. AK70

    Lotus Emira

    Before I bought my Evora, I did that: Still like the idea of testing the Emira the same way, before buying. πŸ˜‰ I will wait until next year. Try to get one for a test drive back to back with my current car. If it is β€žbetterβ€œ for me, than I will buy one if new colours are available. Next possible Lotus for me would be the electric sport car in 2026… my current Evora will certainly also make it until then 😎 Would not give too much for the youtubers and motor press tests.. πŸ˜‰
  23. AK70

    Emira lite

    If everybody that is whining about "lightwheight" would have acctually bought a lightweight lotus (and still easly can buy a used one).... Fact is: Lotus would not have stoppt producing them if it where a sales success or if they would have found a way to survive with it... So yes, the Elise/Exige/410er Evoras are great driver cars and you still find good examples.. So grow up, buy one and sh... the f... up.. πŸ˜‰ With the Emira, Lotus has absolutely nailed it. They did what was feasible given all the conditions (markets, finance, technical, environmental etc). They must bring soon more options (colours! etc), but I have no doubt, that the Emira will be a success and excellent car as it is.
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