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Lotus-tuned, Öhlins® TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers... yum!

With the much better inital breakaway torque, this will be the best handling Evora ever.. ;-)

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This is my new Evora GT 430 with special painting ( Gold Leaf) by hethel factory. The car is waiting for me at Komo Tec Germany. You can see the car this weekend in the KOMO-TEC Box in Nürburg /N

Thanks @Bibs and all.   What a feeling.  And it will be the only time in my life I am customer #1!   More pics and thoughts to follow.  But I can say this is a special car, very special. 

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@LotusLeftLotusRight well, in Germany the pricing brings the 430 in the same range as Porsche Gt3, AMG GT R (585 bhp, v e r y competitive Nürburgring time...) ........so might be hard to attract People that are not Lotus fascinated yet - I think the 430 is very impressive but esp. with the actual supply of spare parts etc it will be hard to win new buyers from that category. Porsche has also recogn that there is a market for Manuals......

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Just now, AK70 said:

Lotus-tuned, Öhlins® TTX aluminium two-way adjustable dampers... yum!

With the much better inital breakaway torque, this will be the best handling Evora ever.. ;-)

Wonder if they'll be available for the peasants ?

 

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29 minutes ago, kokostrollet said:

@The Pits, knowing you were considering switching to an Evora Sport 410 from the Exige Cup and some details about what kind of cars you like from writing here and from your videos, how do you feel this new GT430 stacks up in comparison? From a value perspective, I think the GT430 looks very attractive and would be a better (although obviously more expensive) buy than the Sport 410.

Frantically pondering this very question. If it's really true that there are only 6 RHD 430's planned then I guess residuals will be stronger despite the wince-inducing price. Still a hard concept to grasp when much of what I like about the GT430 is available for a lot less in the Sport 410. If you look at it in terms of likely depreciation perhaps the 430 is the way to go but it all depends on what Lotus do next. We all believe a roadster is coming. If the GT430 sells out quickly then we can expect 60 GT430 Spyders next year? Maybe a GT450 or 460 will be the Evora's swansong? GT430 residuals will be very strong initially but no guarantees that they will remain the case. What happens to Evora GTE values will be interesting now and possibly a good indication of what happens to the GT430 down the line.

Sorry the answer is all financial but the figures are very substantial for me and I do my best to avoid buying new cars altogether. Lotus do a good job of making that plan hard to stick to!

Driving wise we can only guess but grip is going to be formidable. Straight line performance will be a bit more perky, 325lbs/ft is the most significant number there. Should be pulling with more conviction where the 410 is taking a breath before the big charge for the redline. Steering isn't going to disappoint. Damping should be exceptional though it might be a touch too firm for some of the worst UK roads. Would be fascinating to explore the mysterious world of downforce, that was a big part of the appeal of the Cup 380.

Sport 410 still appeals greatly. You could get 430bhp from one very easily, although not a good idea before the warranty's expired. There's fun to be had from being more of an underdog on trackdays. 430 styling is more exciting and aggressive, 410 is more elegant. The question I have now is, will Lotus fit Ohlins to a Sport 410?

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I wonder if Lotus would offer for the new 400/410 MY2018 the front end of the 430 wihtout the carbon blade and a new package option including some features of the 430GT to cut weight. (Brake, Ohlins, etc ...). It would be a shame to not doing that, the factory could earn easy money.

 

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Also so easy for them to earn money offering the 430 remap. Not many would go to Komotec if the factory offered a remap, especially if it preserved the warranty. It's been this way for years, Lotus have shown no interest in making money after the initial sale to date.

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50 minutes ago, The Pits said:

Also so easy for them to earn money offering the 430 remap. Not many would go to Komotec if the factory offered a remap, especially if it preserved the warranty. It's been this way for years, Lotus have shown no interest in making money after the initial sale to date.

I dunno, I think that would erode their sales of new cars. This GT430 is a *lot* more than just a remap.

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17 minutes ago, blindside said:

BTW this is not ‘sour grapes’ on my part (after buying my 410 just a couple of months ago). I would probably not have held off for a 430 in any case; primarily because I had a £100k price ceiling that I would not go over.

There's still a £30k gap between a 'specced' 410 and a 'specced' 430 which remains a big gap, far bigger than between a 410 and 400. I think the 410 remains the pick of the range and I wouldn't be disappointed if I had recently shelled out on a 410.

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3 minutes ago, scotty435 said:

All the comparison with other brands and models is getting a bit boring now, yes I understand the agreement, lets get back to the basics, this is a very special car and only a 60 unit production worldwide and only 6 UK, is it worth £120000 yes 100%. I would be surprised if there are many of the 60 left as we talk, you can pay a lot more money for a family saloon in this day and age and yes there are better cars at this price point but there lots more inferior cars and there are plenty of customers out they're to buying them, sadly it's not me lol. So where does it stand well it's a massive step up from Lotus, no one expected to be this good, looks amazing, the finer details are outstanding, would it look out of place in any super car paddock, the answer is no, it will probably stand out as one of the best looking and not far off being the best driving car on the day, no matter what price point your looking at.

You need to apply for that manager's job in the Lotus Marketing Department!

No...wait: Perhaps you've already got the job! :devil:

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@The Pits

"Sport 410 still appeals greatly. You could get 430bhp from one very easily, although not a good idea before the warranty's expired. There's fun to be had from being more of an underdog on trackdays. 430 styling is more exciting and aggressive, 410 is more elegant. The question I have now is, will Lotus fit Ohlins to a Sport 410?"

I tend to disagree - the fact that R. Carr "went back" to the "Lotus mouth" makes the 430 in my eyes more elegant than the more "boxer-style" 410 - all a matter of taste of course, be with you with the question of the int, S1 most Special (also agreeon the 288 hint ;-)

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4 minutes ago, Stubox said:

I like you :)

+1 Cheers @Neal H  (Plus your man maths is pragmatic enough to convince even my Mrs) :)

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32 minutes ago, blindside said:

You need to apply for that manager's job in the Lotus Marketing Department!

No...wait: Perhaps you've already got the job! :devil:

That's a job I would not turn down, I do think they need some help in that department, but sadly it's not me, just giving my thoughts right or wrong, being a massive motor enthusiast for to many years i care to remember, it's not just this model I have reaped praise on, I have mentioned your 410 in the past and said how special that is and wish I could have one in my Garage and as I have said I am a true car enthusiast and it's not just Lotus that I like, there are some special brands out there, that are turning out some great cars, I just think this is one off them.

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Having bought a 400 recently, I am appreciative Lotus did not sell a car that further depreciates mine!

this is a 2+0 which prices ranges ensures no cannibalisation with the 400. More of a debate with the 410 but the posts above are showing that both cars are likely to have a slightly different market.

One thing we all agree on though, is that parts on back order is the most annoying Lotus issue. This being in Mind, I think they need to make sure they don't do too many changes to cars so that each model can build enough of volume to worth storing parts. Creating too many new parts for new cars all the time would be detrimental to availability of parts and accelerate depreciation of cars.

if Lotus want to increase volumes in a sustainable, they need to make sure depreciation remains under control (so far a strength of the brand), that dealers are motivated and that we have critical size for the network and after sale. As dealer often buys the cars for demo and to help the factory, not stuffing the, with cars they can shift because of a new model needs to be a consideration.

i think the GT430 looks great and provides a different value proposition, particularly on a limited edition basis, but not the right car for me fortunately for my wallet. Hopefully the attention helps them to sell more 400 which should be their main evora earner considering  the +2 and federal configuration rather an being a distraction.

 

i am now going to ask my deal to see if they will have a 430 through their garage just to try to see it in the flesh!

 

 

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So I did admittedly contact Murray's to enquire, but when optioned how I'd want it I'm afraid it's just out of reach. My issue now is that while perusing Lotus cars website I spotted a car that had me drooling much more than this (I doubt I could've lived with the ironing board on the back) and despite saying never again I'm toying with another new Lotus. Ian at MMC assures me the Evora quality issues are resolved now (of course he did!) so I'm pondering. Will take a bit of negotiations at home too, I had recently gained full approval from the wife to buy another Aston. :D

 

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I love the GT430 - it is stunning!  Really like the new body work, air intakes, carbon, front and rear changes, etc.  Wow!  I also really like the interior and the new seats featured on the launch car.  It is something that I want to keep looking at and lust after, well done Lotus!!  

I am glad it has a very limited run though, because I fear I would have had a trip to the bank for a chat if I knew plenty were available. :)

I hope that some of what we are seeing on this car will feature in an update to the 400/410 soon.  I quite fancy a 400 as more of a daily car, not for track use so I wouldn't want the seats in the 410 for example.  I like the new front on the GT430 so hope this carries on in the range.

Anyone who takes delivery of one of these will be a very happy driver, it will reward in ways that its competitors cannot and I don't see it losing much money for sometime yet. 

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For my two pennies worth, it is a lot of money, especially as the way things are going with Lotus by the time you have got your car there will already be another faster/better/more expensive one.( I wonder how many 410 owners are regretting already)

Have to say for a £130,000  plus car with most the options the interior still does not look any different from the basic Evora apart from a few carbon fibre bits.

For a GT car in the true sense it seems ridiculous to make all the usual GT car standard equipment, air con/ sat nav/ ICE . options, plus charging £120 for a cup holder is surely taking the pee.

Also I am surprised they do not offer a flappy paddle option on this car considering they do even on the 410, seems that would appeal to more potential buyers of Grand Tourers.

The overall shape is great, but I am not sure the rear wing does it any favours, especially as I have previously stated it is a GT and not a Cup car. Also the front wing louvres look really tacky and something which Reverie offer. At least on the Exige 380 Cup they were built in and not a Halfords spec item.

Will also be interesting how many will appear on dealers forecourt like the 410 Sport.

I am a die hard Lotus fan but I am not sure they have an integrated idea of the way forward. It is a bit of a conundrum for Lotus in that unlike Porsche/Ferrari/McLaren et al, Lotus buyers tend to keep there cars much much longer and are not bothered too much about image and having the latest thing to impress the neighbours, more about the way the car drives.

In a way you can say Lotus are a victim of there own success within their marketplace, they sell not that many cars because  the people who buy them love them and keep them much too long for Lotus to become profitable. And trying to counteract by putting up the prices just kills the goose that laid the golden egg.

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