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I've not driven an Evora until last week. I drove over to Hofmann's in my 991 deliberately to make the back to back comparison. To echo Dave's points I was not disappointed with the cabin feel and qua

Good news!! I just got a call from the dealer.  Lotus sends apologies all around for the confusion and will be building the vehicle exactly as my order specified.   The color is officially no longer

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Quick photoshop from the Facebook Evora group to 'tweak' the front bumper :)

 

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Nope, now it reminds me of a goblin shark with an overhung nose.

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I like what they did better

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The rear looks too jumbled.  Hate the RED 400 badge!!!!!

And why is the rear wing and 3rd brake light so chunky?

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And why is the rear wing and 3rd brake light so chunky?

 

Apparently because it houses a vent to help pull air through the charge cooler...

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Chris Harris was complaining about the price mostly.  Apparently the new GT4 Porker costs 8K British less.  I guess the Evora in his eyes needs to be much dynamic than the Porsche in order to justify the price......We'll have to wait and see I guess.

If the only thing constant is change, then why do we resist change the most?

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Apparently because it houses a vent to help pull air through the charge cooler...

 

Seriously doubt that...  that's not how air to water Chargecoolers work.

On an air to air intercooler, cooling air is ducted through the fins, while intake air goes through the box at a perpendicular angle.

On an air to water Chargecooler intake air, post turbo/super charger, flows through a sealed heat exchanger and water flows through reverse parallel direction (2-2 countercurrent flow design is what Lotus used on the Esprit SE-S4s & GT3.)

 

This is the 2-2 countercurrent type, same as Lotus

 

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The single pass "parallel-flow" style is "A"

And the 2-2 countercurrent is "B"

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"The counter current design is the most efficient, in that it can transfer the most heat from the heat (transfer) medium due to the fact that the average temperature difference along any unit length is greater."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countercurrent_exchange

 

This engine shot shows an air to water chargecooler, similar to what was used on the Esprit SE-S4s.  There is no transverse air flow used on this design..._dsc7745.jpg

 

Here is a lotus chargecooler box (heat exchanger)

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It doesn't appear that it is for venting heat out of the engine bay (just a guess). But I suppose that is more likely.  

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Thanks for the higher res pic of the engine bay... I had only seen crappy ones before and thought that ribbing on the trunk side were radiator fins, but it seems like it is just part of the CC shroud. Which would make it an air-air intercooler anyway and not an air-water chargecooler :)

 

Not sure why the rear wing is so fussy then, I also have a hard time visualising how any effective airflow can be extracted from the engine bay given that air would have to travel inside the hatch over the trunk compartment.

 

Maybe it's just decorative? If the rear wing used to serve any significant aero function then the new one surely works less well as the underside of the wing is now severely compromised.

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Apparently because it houses a vent to help pull air through the charge cooler...

 

Hum I think it's more likely used as an aero bit... probably generating extra downforce... I guess we'll need to see it up close and personal to check that though.

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The more I look at the pictures the more it looks like a Donato Coco design. Better Donato Coco design elements put on a Russel Carr design. What used to be a coherent design lanuage is now a mix of very contradictory styles.

 

Mind you, both styles for themselves are reat, but mixing the two just doesn't work for e. A bit like mixing a Single Malt Whiskey with a great Bordeaux wine. You just know the result will give you a bad headache. 

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I'm well chuffed that they brought back The Chargecooler. Now, is it available in Orange?

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It's definitely growing on me!

 

I am a big fan of the original Evora look - classy and elegant in my opinion - and the more aggressive look of the new one is a bit of a shock! But, the more I look at it, the more I'm starting to like it.

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lighter, more power, faster, more efficient. Congratulation Lotus! Well done! :respect:

 

I am very confident with the (old Lotus-DNA) way the new board is following :)

 

For a small manufacory it is a great improvement and not only a facelift with new tub, suspension, engine, interior, exterior... And even for a facelift... the great global Player dont do such a work around like this with there baskets. So again: Well done!

 

The front mesh looks a bit too much R8-like but this could be fixed quick and cheap.

 

more space behind the seats and new rear frame... do I read that there will be space for a V8? :B):happy dance:

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The Evora 400 is currently winning in a public vote battle against the Cayman GT4. Go cast your vote over on Car Throttle now :D

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Wing mirrors. Nice to see them leveraging the DRB connection, makes sense for the business to do so...

 

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Shhh! They'll be a whole thread about this on Pistonheads now!

 

The keyboard wizards of PH-Land spent all of yesterday discussing the L O T U S badge on the Evora 400 dashboard.

 

Not many contributors seemed particularly interested in the multitude of mechanical upgrades...

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A bit like mixing a Single Malt Whiskey with a great Bordeaux wine. You just know the result will give you a bad headache.

Or a Vodka Redbull ;) Sometimes it just works...

Reserving judgement until I see one in the flesh.

It's got the speed to match it's looks and the competition in that price bracket. Lotus, you have my attention! :)

lighter, more power, faster, more efficient. Congratulation Lotus! Well done! :respect:

I am very confident with the (old Lotus-DNA) way the new board is following :)

For a small manufacory it is a great improvement and not only a facelift with new tub, suspension, engine, interior, exterior... And even for a facelift... the great global Player dont do such a work around like this with there baskets. So again: Well done!

The front mesh looks a bit too much R8-like but this could be fixed quick and cheap.

more space behind the seats and new rear frame... do I read that there will be space for a V8? :B):happy dance:

Ditto! But I can see Jeremy making a funny face about it's new facelift when they review it!! Not sure about those LED's Lotus, it's a bit "5 years ago" and features on a lot of crappy budget motors.
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I really don't understand all the negativity on PH about this car. I truly believe lotus have come a great way on making a fast, capable, well built, luxury sports car. Price wise it's spot on between the 911 and Cayman and competes directly with the 911 imo. I personally think knot looks superb but under tans the comments about the rear. People always bang on about want a 911 competitor and here it is and it gets abused! PH is so VAG and Porsche biased it drives me nuts! There is no talk of all the technical improvements at all! I think it will be a better option than the 911 except for those who wear rose tinted glasses and continue to see the bland common 911 as the only option.

Vent over.

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Everyone on PH worships at the altar of Chris Harris who in turns faces Stuttgart and prays 6 times a day... Got bored of PH a long time ago! 

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