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Very big day for me today. This is now in the garage. Really special car. Looks very low and compact. Didn't take up the garage space I was expecting. It has massive presence with those win

Mine has been delivered yesterday   

Guilty m'lud! Motorsport Green. Carbon race seats, sound deadening, air con, no stereo, black diamond cut wheels with black wingstays. Impossible to believe but it should be sitting in

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1 hour ago, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

It’s also a 2016 400 and for sale in the UK. Other than that....

And has a ghastly looking orange and white stripe painted, yes I do believe it is painted, over the left hand side. That would be an expensive cock-up to rectify.

Get rid of the stripes, brake colour change to orange and it would look a lot better.

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8 hours ago, DJW said:

Yet I’m assuming this car is same colour and has been for sale for over a year now https://www.dicklovett.co.uk/specialist/used-cars/2016-lotus-evora-35-v6-400-ips-2-door-2-2 .  Love the interior 

 

 

Totally different car, it was ordered like that from the factory, in a sort of “golf colours” with out having to pay the royalties  for the colour scheme. 

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8 hours ago, au-yt said:

Totally different car, it was ordered like that from the factory, in a sort of “golf colours” with out having to pay the royalties  for the colour scheme. 

Yup. We realise they are not the same car. I think the point was we were saying we liked the GT430 so the poster was asking why the 400 in the same colour was still hanging around at the dealers.

The 400 was a special edition that to my eyes was not special!

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Take away the nostalgia and historic motorsport association and I don’t think many people would go for baby powder blue. Not a fan of it on any car except a GT40 replica.

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1 hour ago, The Pits said:

Take away the nostalgia and historic motorsport association and I don’t think many people would go for baby powder blue. Not a fan of it on any car except a GT40 replica.

I actually thought on that GT430 it looked superb and I'd be very happy to have it in my garage, even without the history associations. I jut thought it suited the GT430 perfectly and the orange lines on the front lip were very subtle. The whole car in that picture just looks very sharp, crisp and modern.

The 400 on the other hand just really does look shite - those offset orange and yellow stripes are meh (imvho) and as they are painted on (I believe) I think it seriously restricts the appeal of the car to a new owner as they would be very expensive to fix. Someone out there will buy it. It will just take time to find the right owner..

Nostalgia and historic motorsport associations do work though, let's face it, Lotus have been living off them for years with the red/white/gold of the red stripe team, the black and gold JPS, the yellow or red or blue with the gold stripe and white sills of the "sprint" cars etc. It's just that particular car does not work even though the scheme was "chosen" by Lotus fans on Facebook.

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19 hours ago, DJW said:

Yet I’m assuming this car is same colour and has been for sale for over a year now https://www.dicklovett.co.uk/specialist/used-cars/2016-lotus-evora-35-v6-400-ips-2-door-2-2 .  Love the interior 

 

 

Apologies thread drift - It’s not been at Dick Lovett for over a year, Howard’s in Weston sold it to a chap from Cornwall 1/10/2019, obviously didn’t keep it long for some reason, it was at Howard’s for ages mind 😛

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Gulf blue car only proves that the GT430 manages to look good in any colour. Even powder puff blue.

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Notwithstanding your well documented bias re the GT430, I believe you could say the same of all Evora's (without crappy orange/white stripes) looking good in any colour.

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2 hours ago, 2GOOD said:

Apologies thread drift - It’s not been at Dick Lovett for over a year, Howard’s in Weston sold it to a chap from Cornwall 1/10/2019, obviously didn’t keep it long for some reason, it was at Howard’s for ages mind 😛

Probably got fed up after an hour with hairdryer trying to remove stripe, realising it was paint. Shame. 
Back on topic , seems GT430’s are at an attractive price point now. Can see one of these being on my shortlist in next 12 months. 

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Welcome aboard. Mission accomplished.

Gold star for that homework. ✨

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Then again, imagine driving that across Europe though. LHD wouldn't put me off if I really wanted a GT430 Sport, auto is a bigger issue for me personally. Gorgeous thing either way though.

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4 hours ago, The Pits said:

Then again, imagine that in Europe though. LHD wouldn't put me off if I really wanted a GT430 Sport, auto is a bigger issue for me personally. Gorgeous thing either way though.

Auto probably makes it quite a rare thing being a sport too- 

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How much would a rhd conversion be?

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8 hours ago, 21gg said:

Probabley cheaper to move ☺😂

Probably. I bet the parts would be out of stock anyway!

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Guys I have a technical question:

is it normal to have slower gas pedal response when revving slowly, if the exhaust valve is open compared to closed? The car is cold and in parking mode. U feel, with valve open, like a bit of choking from the engine when u press the pedal, in the 1st 2500 rpm, that goes away when I close the valve.

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Sorry UK cars can’t open the valves at low rpm so I can’t help. All of the Lotus V6 cars run rich generally and sometimes can be a bit slow to react to quick stabs of the throttle. Best to keep it above 5000rpm! 😉

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1 hour ago, The Pits said:

Sorry UK cars can’t open the valves at low rpm so I can’t help. All of the Lotus V6 cars run rich generally and sometimes can be a bit slow to react to quick stabs of the throttle. Best to keep it above 5000rpm! 😉

But you could disconnect the valve so it's always open. I mean, why have a beast of a car with the roar of a puddy cat?

No open exhaust valve on startup/all the time would be a reason for me NOT to buy a GT430.... lol...

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