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Ah, no man-points lost in my view. I have a 1993 Westfield that's seen more wax than tarmac recently!

 

I've got a short throw and I believe my mpg suffers a bit for it. But at the same time, it's the 'norm' on the current Evora S compared to the original long throw. Give your VX, id' definitely suggest the short throw/sports ratio.

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I believe James drove a standard ratio box car today, think he enjoyed it.

He needs to find a car with a CR box now to compare.

Current: 2021 Lotus Elise Cup 250 FE in Isotope Green, Red Alcantara Interior, Carbon Aero Kit, AirCon, Carpets & Mats, NVH pack, Cruise Control, Stereo, Red Calipers.
Now Gone2018 Lotus Elise Sport 220 in Metallic Blue, Alcantara Pack, Forged Wheels, 2piece brakes, AirCon, Hard/Soft Tops, Red Calipers, Stereo, Interior Colour Pack, NVH Pack, Carpets, Mats.
Previously Owned: 2016 Lotus Evora 400, 2010 Lotus Evora NA, 2003 VX220 Supercharged, 2001 VX220 Lightning Yellow
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Hmm, you're right:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201411269250413/sort/default/postcode/rg194sa/page/2/make/lotus/usedcars/radius/1500/model/evora/quicksearch/true/onesearchad/used%2Cnearlynew%2Cnew?logcode=p

The advert shows CR box.

 

Is there any way to actually confirm?

co2? DVLA say 224g/km for that car

 

Longer box is 205?

 

Seems to be a minefield for co2s I found one that was listed as 199g/km but still a manual car.

Current: 2021 Lotus Elise Cup 250 FE in Isotope Green, Red Alcantara Interior, Carbon Aero Kit, AirCon, Carpets & Mats, NVH pack, Cruise Control, Stereo, Red Calipers.
Now Gone2018 Lotus Elise Sport 220 in Metallic Blue, Alcantara Pack, Forged Wheels, 2piece brakes, AirCon, Hard/Soft Tops, Red Calipers, Stereo, Interior Colour Pack, NVH Pack, Carpets, Mats.
Previously Owned: 2016 Lotus Evora 400, 2010 Lotus Evora NA, 2003 VX220 Supercharged, 2001 VX220 Lightning Yellow
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Only way to be sure is to check the revs in 6th - long box shows 2k @ 80mph

 

Or floor it in 3rd and see the top speed.   If it's 120mph then you've got a long box and the salesman is probably quite angry :D

 

i thought CO2 was identical....? 

 

I found the sellcock wiki really useful

http://wiki.seloc.org/a/Category:Lotus_Evora

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As an example entering the following into https://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/

 

Solar Yellow @ Murray = AU60AXR

co2 215g/km

 

Blue @ Murrary = FJ11EVB

co2 = 205g/km

 

White @ Alexander David (Ascot) = CU10HWD (James drove it)

co2 = 224g/km (CR Box)

 

There are some, now trying to find a reg number that have 199 g/km and a slightly lower tax rate because of it.

Current: 2021 Lotus Elise Cup 250 FE in Isotope Green, Red Alcantara Interior, Carbon Aero Kit, AirCon, Carpets & Mats, NVH pack, Cruise Control, Stereo, Red Calipers.
Now Gone2018 Lotus Elise Sport 220 in Metallic Blue, Alcantara Pack, Forged Wheels, 2piece brakes, AirCon, Hard/Soft Tops, Red Calipers, Stereo, Interior Colour Pack, NVH Pack, Carpets, Mats.
Previously Owned: 2016 Lotus Evora 400, 2010 Lotus Evora NA, 2003 VX220 Supercharged, 2001 VX220 Lightning Yellow
Follow my Lotus journey here: http://www.FaceBook.com/HandmadeInHethel

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Here are few more thoughts on the Evora.

I suppose I have to start with some caveats. Yesterday was a lovely sunny day, crisp and cold without a cloud in the sky. The sun was still low at 9am which has that great effect of lighting up wheels and details on cars. Certainly the best time to view a car and a salesman's dream.

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I spotted the Evora from a distance and straight away any fears for that front end that really doesn't work for me in pictures evaporated. The Evora is one of the least photogenic cars i can think of, the front looks too simple and dumb, the rear over complicated and the line in the door almost as unpleasant as the front wing to door crease on the vx. And yet in person it just works. It looks small too, never mind how many mm wider or shorter than a 911 it might be it feels much much smaller. The wing treatment around the wing is particularly pleasant. it looks as though someone has stretched a sheet over the suspension components and kept it as taught as possible. I love the wheels on the model i drove (LD hastes them, but he's wrong) and they just seem the right size for the car much in the way that a 16in front and 17in rear just look right on a vx

Getting in it is not familiar. All the reports I'd read suggested it was similar to a veise, if a bit easier. I sort of recognise that, but the Evora is much more ordinary than that. Whereas in the vx the two seats are very close to each other in the middle of the car, the Evora's seats are set much further out. the sill is much lower so its easy to just drop into the seat. infact the whole thing it's much more akin to getting in a 911.

View out the front is great, the tops of the front wings just show above the sightline, the screen wraps around the cockpit even more than on the vx, perhaps with even more curvature. i'm instantly comfortable, no adjustment to seat although i do drop the wheel slightly which does mask the outer LCD displays. They have lots of random information on them in about 10 different font sizes making them pretty useless. the two centre dials are the same as what we're used and they are all this required. I take an instant dislike to the stereo nav unit and decide i'll be better off never looking at it again.

The view out of the back is more challenging. Think exige and thats pretty close to the mark, the huge mirrors will do though. The rear seats are tiny!, they are exactly how i thought they would be x0.6. I would have tried a rear seat selfie, but i'm not convinced i'd have ever got out again. I'm not even convinced 10 year olds would fit.

The dealer slings me the keys and i have it for about an hour. The first thing that happens is that I nearly go through the windscreen the first time i brake. All velises i've driven have a fraction of travel on the brake pedal before they bite, in the evora there is none. I'll get used to it very quickly because as i leave in the Golf later I nearly rear end a bus.

First overwhelming sensation is how it rides. In this respect It's probably the best car i've ever driven. The first part of my drive is over a broken road which had upset the golf going the other way half an hour earlier. in the Evora, there are no rattles, no squeaks, no thumps, nothing. Its completely silent. i call Lee at this point on speakerphone and he wonders if i'm even driving.

I turns out i'm in a car with the short box (though it actually feels quite long to me) and the dealer has sent me a route he'll think i'll like, lots of undulations, off camber corners, and i turn onto it from a red light. And much like the first sip of caffeine in the morning as i turn in, its like being transported back to the vx. The steering is light, sharp and completely deliciously lotus. How does it achieve that when it rides so well? \

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Performance isn't quite on par with a supercharged vx, it doesn't have that any gear instant torque of the vx. But in the higher echelons of the rev range its plenty fast enough. It sounds great too.  What is clear is that the whole package is so cohesive. Everything is perfectly judged. A compromised Elise for comfort and size it is anything but. It very easy to feel comfortable driving it very quickly. I have a couple of moments when look do look at the speed and nail the brakes for fear of getting into a lot of trouble. I settle back down to driving it normally, in the quiet and comfort it has no right to be able to provide given the speed, feel and sensations on the backroads. what a perfect everyday car.

It reminded me of driving a vx for the first time and the realisation that such a car existed. A perfect car for that moment in time. It so happens that i first drove a vx at around the same time of year 11 years ago, it was another 14 months before i bought one. i'm hoping that this might be a shorter lead time but i'm going to have to find one. Whether the vx survives will be a difficult decision. The Evora is sufficiently different to be able to justify both but the financials may not quite align even if i did say i thought i could run two cars for the cost of a company car.

Better than Exige V6? could well be just because of how how well it rides.

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Nice write up.

 

10 year olds are perfectly comfortable in the back. My daughter is coming up on 10 and still has about 3 inches of headroom. She is not short for a girl her age. It starts getting tight at about 5 ft.

 

Forget about the steering wheel getting in the way of the Fuel/time/MPG/Temp/TPMS readings, because even if it wasn't the reflections will prevent you from reading them anyway :harhar: .

 

As far as tax goes, I'm pretty sure they are all the same, one band below the big jump. The lowest reading is probably the NA IPS (for some reason the IPS lowers the reading, the IPS "S" is in the same lower tax bands as the N/A).

Blessed with the competence to be a slave to the incapable.

Currently without a Lotus, Evora 400 Hethel Edition in Racing Green with Red leather and 2010 Evora N/A in Laser Blue and 1983 Lotus Excel LC Narrow body in Ice Blue all sadly gone.

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Tbh for me....

I've now got the wife on side and agreed a budget.

I've a guy coming to view the VX tomorrow.

So I need an Evora for £30k or there abouts.

Stay tuned!

Current: 2021 Lotus Elise Cup 250 FE in Isotope Green, Red Alcantara Interior, Carbon Aero Kit, AirCon, Carpets & Mats, NVH pack, Cruise Control, Stereo, Red Calipers.
Now Gone2018 Lotus Elise Sport 220 in Metallic Blue, Alcantara Pack, Forged Wheels, 2piece brakes, AirCon, Hard/Soft Tops, Red Calipers, Stereo, Interior Colour Pack, NVH Pack, Carpets, Mats.
Previously Owned: 2016 Lotus Evora 400, 2010 Lotus Evora NA, 2003 VX220 Supercharged, 2001 VX220 Lightning Yellow
Follow my Lotus journey here: http://www.FaceBook.com/HandmadeInHethel

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Happy shopping and enjoy the new car in a few days :D

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Expensive?

Current: 2021 Lotus Elise Cup 250 FE in Isotope Green, Red Alcantara Interior, Carbon Aero Kit, AirCon, Carpets & Mats, NVH pack, Cruise Control, Stereo, Red Calipers.
Now Gone2018 Lotus Elise Sport 220 in Metallic Blue, Alcantara Pack, Forged Wheels, 2piece brakes, AirCon, Hard/Soft Tops, Red Calipers, Stereo, Interior Colour Pack, NVH Pack, Carpets, Mats.
Previously Owned: 2016 Lotus Evora 400, 2010 Lotus Evora NA, 2003 VX220 Supercharged, 2001 VX220 Lightning Yellow
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Half an hour with some wet and dry and a black spray can will do an equally good job. I actually then carbon wrapped mine.

Just checked Deroure and they are £39 each for the black ones and £22 for the silver (but I don't think they are available any More). I'd just spray them up.

http://s509.photobucket.com/user/83Excel/media/DSCN2915.jpg.html?sort=3&o=46

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First Evora I test drove was from that Berkshire garage. Really nice guys and very trusting, I pulled up in an Abarth and they handed me the keys to an immaculate silver Evora. I almost bought it there and then but then saw my car at B & C which had all three packs with upgraded alloys... That's a decent indie from my brief experience. Their detailing and presentation was second to none!

I had a £30k budget... My best advice would be to see a few and spend a couple of grand extra for the right car.

£30k is tight for a decent spec in today's market. Evora's are rare as you like and the dealers know it!

Enjoy the hunt, amazing car for the money.

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I pulled up in an Abarth

 

The wife's, obviously :D

88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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:lol:

88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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The Faster You Drive...The Slower You Age

(Albert Einstein  14 March 1879 - 18 April 1955)

 

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