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Which Gearbox would you choose?


All other things being equal on the Emira which would you choose?  

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20 hours ago, Nimbus-in-Notts said:

I really can’t make my mind up which way to go, love the idea of a shouty V6 but like the idea of a modern AMG engine/DCT combo.

For those of us non Lotus owners, would it be sensible to try and test drive an auto Evora first to try and get an idea of how the box and its paddles work with the V6?

I can’t see the point in test driving an A45 Merc to try the i4 as from what has been said before, the Lotus should have far better handling and dynamics and an engine tuned differently specific to the Emira, so it’s just not a fair comparison. I imagine the Evora would be like a slightly less sanitised Emira but very close…….

If you can find one then yes it would be worth test driving an auto Evora.  The problem will be finding one near you.  I see Lotus Silverstone are advertising a 2012 one, and the only other one on Pistonheads Classifieds is in Bedford.  Or post over in the Evora section and see if an owner will help you out.

As the Emira will have the same engine and auto gearbox as the Evora it will be a good approximation.  If the Evora you drive isn't a recent one then do check it has had the latest software updates, as the shift changes have been improved over time. 

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Dont bother trying an S1 IPS as even with all updates you need to try a 400 auto as they are a world apart.  If you are near Cumbria you can have a run in my 400 auto which is being replaced by Emira auto

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Wow, still new ones out there.

Is it just me or does this not make the Emira look like a stone cold bargain?

If it has an engine, I am there to thrash it.

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On 12/09/2021 at 16:04, 697OK said:

Dont bother trying an S1 IPS as even with all updates you need to try a 400 auto as they are a world apart.  If you are near Cumbria you can have a run in my 400 auto which is being replaced by Emira auto

This .  Was always disappointed they couldn’t get same setup in the V6 Exige as IPS  on even the last cars was way behind the Evora 4xx cars. 

Previously owned :Exige 380,  Exige 350,  Evora 400,  Exige V6S,  Esprit GT3,  2-11 SC,  Evora S,  Elite 501

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I was surprised test driving an Evora IPS (GT410 I think).  Even interested in getting one, but not interested enough over the manual box.

For the Evora, I think the i4/DCT option will be good.  Faster than the V6, cheaper (what?) and a fantastic driver's car.  I'd want to go for it.  However, I don't want to wait for the time it takes to get to the i4 FE.  I doubt it'll actually arrive in 2022.  The V6 manual will be brilliant which is what I have plumped for, but there's a big part of me that says it's the wrong choice.  But I want it as soon as poss.  But it's the wrong choice Graham.  But I can't wait that long.  And on it goes my precious!

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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 😉

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On 20/10/2021 at 13:36, Graham Ridgway said:

think the i4/DCT option will be good  I'd want to go for it.  However, I don't want to wait for the time it takes to get to the i4 FE.  I doubt it'll actually arrive in 2022.  The V6 manual will be brilliant which is what I have plumped for, but there's a big part of me that says it's the wrong choice.  But I want it as soon as poss.  But it's the wrong choice Graham.  But I can't wait that long.  And on it goes my precious!

Been down the same route,  decided on i4 as voices saying “ Be patient Luke and you will feel the force” 😵💫 Older Film, just worked 😂😂

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I would say that Porsche is the Evil Empire, and Geely is like Jabba the Hut - big beast holding the Lotus chains....

The Dark Side is of course, an EV.  Here's the Emperor charging his Tesla:

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Oh and to keep on topic, if my Emira was a GT/Weekend car I'd go V6 and MANUAL. 

A daily driver - then V6 auto or I4 DCT

If it was a fast toy/track focused car I'd go I4 DCT (but in reality would probably spend my money on a manual Exige).

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

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New to Lotus, is the manual really bothersome to be used as daily drive?

This is going to be my weekend car when I don't need more than two seats. I do get stuck in traffic quite a bit on weekends.

What about gear ratio? Reviews on the Porsche Cayman GT4 / Spyder seems to suggest that you will only use 1st and 2nd gear if you want to stay within speed limit. How about the Lotus manual box?

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The gearbox in my 209 Evora 410 was great to use, easy to change, no noises that some people complain about.  Gear ratios of a car with such high top speed are always going to be a problem at 60-70mph.  Perhaps there should be a final drive ratio button that gears the car up to do 120 mph in 6th?

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1 hour ago, bbpxbbpx said:

New to Lotus, is the manual really bothersome to be used as daily drive?

This is going to be my weekend car when I don't need more than two seats. I do get stuck in traffic quite a bit on weekends.

What about gear ratio? Reviews on the Porsche Cayman GT4 / Spyder seems to suggest that you will only use 1st and 2nd gear if you want to stay within speed limit. How about the Lotus manual box?

Once moving, if you want to make really rapid progress on the road then 2nd and 3rd will give you tons of torque, lots of response, at speeds between 30 and 90 mph, and a great rifle action feel. No issues at all with the gearbox/ratios at all in those situations...

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

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Maybe not the right comparison but my Elise gearbox/clutch set up was absolutely sweet. The only difference I noticed with the Exige models I’ve driven was a heavier clutch, wouldn’t even notice unless in constant stop start traffic. Never driven an Evora, went for an early 991S, seven speed manual, great car but absolutely terrible transmission. That’s why so many went straight for PDK. 

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If and when I order an Emira, (probably will), because of the knee problems from my elderly frame, I will have to go for an auto. Only decision then is V6 with torque converter or 4 pot with DCT. 

Having had two V6 Loti now, my thoughts are I’d most likely go for the Merc engine, which would make the decision for me over the ‘box type. Probably helps that I’m a long time Merc fan, having owned several over the years. 

Knee problems aside, I would always choose manual, so again that would make the engine decision for me. My Exige V6 was a manual and that was a great gearbox/gearshift. My Evora GT410Sport is auto, however, and I really love that too, especially with the sharper gear changes in Sport mode. 

I’ve driven but never owned a car with DCT ‘box and would be happy to go for that. I do like the extra involvement the paddles bring to the show and usually use Sport + paddle changes when on my own in my Evora. 

I think I’ve just confused myself even more now!🤦😆

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