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Couldn't agree more. The same goes with the new release of any model from any manufacturer.

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It's always the way with articles and a new or revised car arrives and they highlight all the perceived shortfalls of the outgoing car. Can't say I agree as some of those differences go a long way to adding character and ease of use can lead to a sterile enviroment. I'm not suggesting this is the case, far from it, but the old model has such a lot of things going for it that it would be a shame for prospective customers to read into it that the old car is too slow and difficult to use which is entirely not the case.

 

Trevor.

 

Looks like we all typed at the same time :-)

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I'll get around to it at some point.

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WTF would he expect after his charming 'jingoism' piece a couple of months back. Reap what you sow...

 

In his business you can’t afford to upset people. That doesn’t mean you can’t dislike their product or have a different opinion to them. I seem to have a different opinion to most people, but then again I have always been a bit odd, it’s never bothered me though. In order to do the job you need to be respected by the industry. If you go off like he did before seeing the car in the flesh or driving it, you can’t expect to get an invite. If the industry loses respect for you or doesn’t trust you to be neutral when reviewing a car then you are stuffed. You can have an initial opinion, but you can’t pre-judge a car/company to that extent and not get a reaction.

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Great article -  very technical, but explanatory... Should be proud of that.

 

Some feedback from someone in the East of the country whose opinion I hold very highly. Very happy :D

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Anyone got a link to the Harris peice where he was naughty?

 

Trevor.


I'll get around to it at some point.

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This might be a rather well played marketing move by Lotus - give Chris Harris a car to review but not straightaway. His being miffed at not being a tier one reviewer,combined with other pretty favouible reviews (at least two transmission moans in the ones I've read) out before his would put anything he had to say in context.

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Thanks. This is after he left EVO and got even more friendly with Porsche?

 

Trevor.


I'll get around to it at some point.

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Yup, that was from Feb this year. It read to me that it had been written perhaps in Stuttgart and he was asked to publish it. 


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I personally would not be swayed by anything Chris Harris had to say anymore.  If I were Lotus I would just ignore him.


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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Yes seemed to go from enthusiastic independent car reviewer to "Porsche is the best car in the world" overnight. Shame really as his review of the Exige was very complimentary.

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I'll get around to it at some point.

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It was titled 'Chassis from the Gods' which does make him look a little skitzo! 


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Damn I forgot how much that article pissed me off.

 

"Lotus will be left with a car that is more expensive than a Cayman GT4, has a fraction of the showroom appeal and looks far too similar to the model that's been on sale since 2009"

 

More expensive than a GT4, well yes, you can actually buy an Evora 400.

The GT4 had no showroom appeal because it never got to one.

Too similar to the model it replaced, err, hello, Porsche have been doing that for 50 years.

 

Anyway, I probably said all that back in Feb.

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Quite a few reviews now have referred to the Evora 400 as a "junior supercar" and to me, that is quite a compliment and a real nod to the achievement that Lotus has made and delivered with the 400.  It's not a super car (think 458/488, MP4, etc) and it's not a hyper car (Veyron, Pagani et al) so the moniker really fits and really is quite appropriate to my ears.

 

I hope the good reviews keep on coming and Lotus continues to deliver with some exciting new Evora derivatives like the roadster, a 430 Cup and a maybe even an extreme 450 CUP R etc.

 

Nice work chaps you deserve a mug of Tetley's and some milk chocolate hob knobs.


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^^^ I'm not sure I'd call another 5-10% power extreme - if you're going to dream,dream big, I say! 650BHP from Ford's GT 3.5L engine - just sayin...

Plus what is the market for a less comfortable 2+2 Cup Evora? Family man who also does trackdays but has just one car?

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More positive reviews from the Dutch newspaper  De Telegraph and German authority Auto Motor und Sport (these guys appear to have enjoyed "enhanced" treatment)

 

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Utterly gorgeous in black... I see nothing junior here, it's all grown up IMO. And is it me or there is an option for a side reflector delete? 

 

 

"The car is overbraked if anything to allow for future-proofing, watch this space!"  Bibs, July 32, 2015

 

So when shall we expect the new S version?

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^^^  650 bhp!   :help: To be honest Gravel my little 280bhp or thereabouts is more than enough on the road for me, very very few times have I needed more.

 

As for the market, maybe some one just like me. Late forties onwards. Little brats all but left home so no need for the +2. Lot's of opportunities to take the missus on road trips with the boot and the +0 load storage area so touring round UK and Europe.

 

Occasional track day use of say 4 - 6 times a year - probably at 50% of those abroad (Spa, Zandvoort etc anyone).

 

And doesn't have £150k plus in the bank for an MP4, 458, et al, but could stretch to say £85k - 90K for a 450 Cup R.  Hmmm, should be an OK market given the number of cars Maclaren, Ferrari, Audi, Porsche etc ship or have I missed something? Could be my early on-set kicking in again I suppose.....    :harhar:


More positive reviews from the Dutch newspaper  De Telegraph and German authority Auto Motor und Sport

I you sure De Telegraph is Dutch as in Liverpool we always got de Telegraph and de Star, de Mirror and sometimes de Times too....   :getmecoat:  :getmecoat:

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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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650 BHP is probably a bit extreme but they've done the 400's now 500 seems a good next step... Once you have to open the block to fit low compression pistons etc it all gets expensive so you might as well go for big power....

Would you not be better off with a new tub Exige if there's enough luggage space in it? That's surely Lotus's GT3 RS chaser...

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I get as fed up as anyone with so called reviewers who either just regurgitate the manufacture's publicity

blurb or who are clearly in the pocket of a particular manufacturer. Having said that, like most, I also

like to read/see reviews which reinforce my prejudices, my buying choices and which reaffirm my expert

judgement!!

Chris Harris has a certain style but he does appear to know how to drive a car properly and quickly which

does not always seem to be the case with motoring journalists. Whilst I agree he was harsh with his commentson the Evora 400, his real point was bang on the button - to survive and thrive in business these days, it

is no good being a plucky runner up with everyone saying how well you did whilst the bottom line remains

steadfastly red. You must be your own harshest critic and seek to continuously improve.

Nuff said on Mr Harris. Amen amen amen to the James Mills review for the (Sunday?) Times. His final few

paragraphs absolutely gel with why I sold my very capable and sophisticated German sports car after only a

year and bought a Lotus Elise S.

Quote from the article:

The Evora 400 can do 186mph, given its head, and reach 62mph in 4.2 seconds, but it almost doesn't matter.

As the Ferraris, McLarens and Lamborghinis get ever faster, ever more overspecified and ever more

frustrating to use on the road, what many drivers crave is a car whose road behaviour is more about how muchfun you can have when you're nowhere near the car's limits. This is where the Evora 400 hits the jackpot.

It overtakes with ease, but in a progressive whoosh rather than an explosion of energy. Its manual gearbox

is a joy to interact with (though the optional automatic isn't a patch on any dual-clutch system), the

steering communicates every tiny change in force acting on the front wheels and the handling balance reacts to how much power you're applying without ever threatening to spin you off the road.

In short, this Lotus matches a driver's intuition exactly. It feels alive, toned and firm, but never jagged or nervous. It's not so fast as to feel intimidating; you don't need to recalibrate your brain to come to terms with it.

You find yourself driving the Evora 400 briskly but not dangerously. Instead it encourages smooth, thoughtful driving and discreet progress. The Lotus Evora finally comes of age, and it's a driver's delight.

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If the Evora 400 does provide all the above sensations and feedback at speeds which don't have you risking

being locked up then, when I grow up (I'm only 61 after all) the Evora 400 sounds like a "must have"

replacement for my Elise S. Oh Lotus - I do so hope the positive reviews reflect reality!

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Elise S sold February 2018.  GT410 Sport on order

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Did anyone twig the location where I took the pics of the silver 400 yet?

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Did anyone twig the location where I took the pics of the silver 400 yet?

I know! Well Google did - via Buddsy! :D

Some Chap or man if you like...

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Did anyone twig the location where I took the pics of the silver 400 yet?

 

K- Hall... :huh:  :question:  :geek: ?!

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