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I propose to make exactly this GT430-Spec to become 007’s new tool – certainly with some necessary option packs – instead of the semi-official dealt Aston Martin Vantage

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15 minutes ago, Snoopy1969 said:

@Arregueti your car has a different Color (i guess, the green metallic MY 12 upwards) ?

@Snoopy1969 I can not say for sure whether it is exactly the same shade of green, probably not, but it looks very very close. I think it suits the car very well, making it look like a stealth fighter or a classy GT car, depending on the light. I can only imagine how characterful it must look in the 430 with that big wing breaking the lines.

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Evo?

 

PS. That's the Evora GT430 vs the GT3. Would you like me to move your post, boss? :harhar:

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:blush:

No idea what you mean?! :lol:

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Hehe.

So, is it Evo or elsewhere?

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It’s got no realistic chance of ‘beating’ the GT3 but hopefully some of the GT430’s great qualities will shine through in a back to back test. Being available to buy at list price (if only just) is a plus!

My prediction is that the GT3 is praised for the engine, head and shoulders above the Evora V6 (along with most other engines on sale). No real weak areas in the package now but hopefully the Evora will expose the EPAS 4 wheel steering system to some degree. Fair play to Porsche if they’ve managed to get an EPAS system that stands up to the Evora’s but this will be a proper test at long last. Latest GT3 is said to have the best EPAS on sale so it will be interesting to see how far it’s come. 

Hopefully there are road and track miles involved and a fair assessment made of both cars. Given Porsche won the last twin test between the Sport 410 and Nissan GTR I have my doubts but hope to be pleasantly surprised.

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I really hope that Evo give the 430 a fair opportunity to shine. You can almost hear the laughter over on pistonheads right now.... and plenty will have already decided who the winner will be. 

But I do hope that Evo address the balance and demonstrate that it’s not always as black and white as the masses would have us believe. 

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It's Evo. The Porsche always wins.

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Popped to Silverstone today on way back from client meeting and noticed a beautiful grey metallic 430 waiting to go out.  One lucky owner. 

The metallic black one looks very menacing in the showroom 

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@DJW Just do it!! You know you are going to eventually...

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Evo have changed a lot lately, many staff gone, eCOTY this year was not a Porsche whitewash. In fact the whole article was a shambles.

 

I predict the GT3 will win all the numbers tests, interior better quality etc... but the GT430 may feel more special in certain areas. Hopefully it will also be proof that the many many toys the GT3 has (eg rear wheel steer) arent completely necessary.

The real test for me is on road manners. I've only tried the gen 1 991 but it is very stiff as a road car

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Let’s hope Lotus get their act together and make the most of the adjustable Ohlins.

Chris Harris will lose it if Evo dare suggest the Evora has so much as a single advantage. Most at the playground will be rooting for Porsche, hoping for a total humiliation. Car mags don’t do withering criticism anymore so they might be disappointed.

It’s a massive test for any Evora really but an irresistible comparison at their respective price points. Should also be a massive test for EPAS. Ethereal qualities like steering feel are much more apparent in a back to back test. It also makes a car enjoyable to drive at legal speeds, for me the major downside of all the faster more powerful modern DCT autos is that they all feel half asleep at 50mph. Nissan GTR feels totally wasted pottering about. GT3 feels like shortshifting at 7k (and is). Until you’re doing 9k are you really even experiencing a GT3? Or just a very stiff 991? They are all maximum attack cars. The manual gearbox allows you to savour an engine, change gear as fast (or slow) as you want to. Hopefully the GT3 will be manual too. It’s a U-turn from Porsche which I applaud wholeheartedly. That engine deserves to be experienced with a manual, an experience well worth 0.2 seconds to 60mph. 

Of course there’s no car more alive and engaging at 50mph than an Elise, not even a GT430, but the ultimate Evora feels closer to an Elise than a Nissan GTR or Audi R8. It will be interesting to see how much this counts for with Evo but I believe the GT430 is a totally unique proposition in the marketplace.

Just glad someone has brought these two cars together though. Brave of Lotus to agree to a comparison they knew they could never win. Shows some confidence too. Fingers crossed. ?

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Hope that Lotus supplied a test car with all horses on board this time (not as within the german Sport Auto test when the test car / Exige had not the acclaimed hp....)

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"430 worth the Money , awesome alternative to Gt3"

result would be fine, lets see......

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8 minutes ago, Snoopy1969 said:

Hope that Lotus supplied a test car with all horses on board this time (not as within the german Sport Auto test when the test car / Exige had not the acclaimed hp....)

Will Lotus actually supply a car? With a limited run of just 60 I doubt it somehow. It wouldn't be the first time with Lotus where a customer provides the car and in doing so the journo's don't give it the beans.

No doubt the Pork will have full factory backing......

 

I hope I am wrong though :)

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22 minutes ago, tim_marra said:

Will Lotus actually supply a car?

Lotus did supply a car, they had a GT430 and GT430 Sport for press duties when the cars were launched. 

One of our members happened to see them conducting this test around the Evo triangle a couple of months back. 

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GT430 should feel very special on that road, I just hope they had the road settings. One section will be a real test of damping quality, the other is much smoother and faster but nicely undulating. I would expect the GT3 to feel a bit too much on the slower, bumpier section and a bit too tempting (and licence threatening) and on the faster section.

It's very near Anglesey too so hopefully they got a chance to drive them both around the track too. New GT3 has already lapped faster than the 991 GT3RS there though. Gulp! Some dodgy numbers though and I don't just mean Porsche times. McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488 posting exactly the same times? Really? BAC Mono 1 second quicker than a McLaren P1 GTR? Never in a million years. 3.5 seconds quicker than a McLaren P1 on Trofeos? Possibly even less likely. BAC Mono's typically come out nearer a good Caterham time, usually can't touch a Radical. This one thrashed the fastest Radical by nearly 3 seconds. Fastest lap when I raced Anglesey Coastal was a 1.11.2 (same as the P1 on Trofeos), the driver was Danny Winstanley (top Caterham pilot) and he was running an absurdly fast car (320+bhp) on treaded tyres similar to Trofeos. I'm not much looking forward to laptimes if we see any but hopefully it will do better than the Exige V6 that got beaten by the Cayman 2.7! :X

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I think it’s meant to be. Looks a bit yellowey in the pics, more like burnt tangerine! 

Also looks rhd. To date I count 11 UK cars and know of 2 more on the way. So far I’ve seen - 2 Essex Blue, 3 Metallic Grey, 1 MSG, 1 Purple, 1 Empire Green (Howards), 1 Black (Silverstone), 1 Olive Green (B&C) and now this Burnt Orange car.

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3 hours ago, The Pits said:

I'm not much looking forward to laptimes if we see any but hopefully it will do better than the Exige V6 that got beaten by the Cayman 2.7! :X

That’s when I cancelled my Evo subscription, not read since. Although may make a exception for this review. Although I think we know where it’ll go. 

How many uk cars are there going to be?

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where is the burnt orange car?

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