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Alas , 'good' is not good enough.

They will still sell and I cannot see the waiting list going down that much.

All in all, most of what we expected has been confirmed:

  • If you want more rawness then keep/get the Evora/Exige
  • If you will use the car a lot get the Tour package. If you will only use it as a third car occasionally, like me, sports is fine
  • The overall quality is a big step up from previous Lotus
  • The Cayman is still the 'class' leader

I still remain a tad 'horrified' at the reviews. Far worse than I had even feared as all I really wanted to hear was lust and excitement and cooing noises. 

Still looks an incredible package to me and I still see nothing close in terms of the mix between looks and performance.

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Agree 100%.  I wanted to hear that Lotus had nailed it.  First new Lotus for the masses for an eternity, a saviour for Lotus until the electric Lotus cars arrive.  And by nailed it, I wanted the reviewers to rave about the Lotus secret sauce - a great blend of "for the drivers" with proper modern day interior accoutrements (not that the seat is still too high and the gearchange is still notchy ffs).  It still looks awesome (hope the colours look good in the flesh), but the rest feels a bit "not quite good enough" to me.

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2 hours ago, jerzybondov said:

Matt Prior's autocar film might be a good cure for insomnia....

I actually did fall asleep watching that clip ! What a boring, monotone voice.

I really enjoyed Harry's review. He really engages with the car and sounds enthusiastic.

So, Matt Prior to put you to sleep and Harry to wake you up.

PS I'm sure you guys who are lucky enough to have an Evora on order are going to give it very positive reviews 👍

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I'd be interested to see a Lotus specialist (not dealer) do a road test comparison of the Emira V6 manual (touring) against the Evora GT410 non sport, or between a V6 manual Emira with the track focused suspension vs an Evora Gt410 sport. With no mention of a VW.

I can't say the reviews that came out yesterday would turn me on or off an Emira, more a question of easy of access and that if I could get used to its looks.

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Yes just read that - they are excited it by it it would seem and make a good point that the i4 engine will deliver an Emira with a personality of its own.

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Have to say i don't like the burgundy colour in most of the pictures.

There are a few sunny shots where it looks good but in the main, not convinced (pulls pin and retreats safe in knowledge that hardly anyone has yet seen DV))

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I had a Mondeo (don't laugh) in Ruby Red which is almost identical to Magma Red. It really didn't photograph well, but it absolutely popped in the sun

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On 08/06/2022 at 17:15, DaveC72 said:

I feel for Lotus.  From "it's a great drivers car, but we'd sacrifice some of that for more practicality/ creature comforts" to "it's more practical and has creature comforts, but it's lost some of that great driver's feel".

Go figure.

I'm confused as to how the prototype reviews that were so positive ended up being so diluted in the release.

Probably 'journos' acting nice to get a first drive just to get 'views' and being non-plussed about the car.

It will be interesting to see who gets a second go at it when the i4 makes its debut.

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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12 hours ago, New Emira said:

I won’t be driving mine on a track so quite happy to completely discount the EVO track review and share Harry’s excitement at just getting behind the wheel and blasting it down a deserted B road. It’s a beautiful looking car and the V6 sounds superb so still very much looking forward to taking delivery in November.
 

 

I just read the Evo track review in the magazine. Sounded pretty fair enough to me, not biased. They wanted to like the car. Possibly some combo of LSD and the Goodyear tyres that made it a bit understeery? Quite a few other reviews have hinted at the same thing.

Does seem like Lotus has veered into BMW territory of being very spec sensitive!

If I was ordering, think it would be tour/Goodyear/no LSD!

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You're right.

People even bought Ford Falcons and some of those were ugly.

Lada 2101. Mind you. The Russian media probably lied about it.

It really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

They'll just be a part of the 'missing out' majority.

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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You are right. Reviewers are going to be seeking out the extremes of every envelope and those extremes probably don't matter and at worst can make things worse in the real world for a prospective shopper. I've had cars that 'reviewed badly' and have been really good. As I just wrote on PH, people want many HP+ and they want it tied down so that it feels secure and does great laps around the NR, but they also want it to slip around because they want fun... That doesn't exist. *real world* they have delivered a car that's easy to get in and out of and live with, will get you where you are going safely, still behaves like a really good sports car, is fast enough for almost everyone isn't punishing on ride and can carry your luggage (mostly). That's what they were aiming at, that's seemingly what they've hit.

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Pretty much, has been for many years now. 

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