Popular Post m1980k Posted May 22, 2018 Popular Post Report Share Posted May 22, 2018 After waiting all year for a 2012 onwards manual Evora S +2 to come on the market, I finally picked one up from Snows Hedge End yesterday. It spent the first couple of years of its life at Lotus, so perhaps a management car, and I've been told the colour is unique and doesn't even have a name. So I'm calling it 'Carbon Aubergine' for the moment. It's dark metallic grey but with a purple flip - it's totally grey under cloud, and purple when the sun shines on it (so will look dark grey for about 300 days a year...). I've uploaded some mobile snaps, none of which really capture what it actually looks like! It's also fully loaded, with all the packs, including the sports racer style seats in black with red piping, and reversing camera. ( I really wanted a red interior, but I also actually wanted to find a car this year.) First impressions? Well, let's get the bad stuff out of the way. I knew the stereo was going to be bad, but..urgh... and I'll reserve judgement on the gearbox until I've tried some different oil in there. I suppose at least I can say I got the gear I needed 95% of the time. The trip up the M3 and around the M25 was actually pretty good. The seats are almost as excellent as the ones in my previous Maserati GranSport and I like the fact that the cruise control buttons are all that's on the wheel. Ride is good, although the noise made by the new Michelins on that horrible section of the M25 around Cobham was horrific. But definitely a good cruiser overall. Then I got onto some of my favourite local B roads between Edenbridge and Ide Hill. Now, I loved my Maserati - it looked great, the engine was a masterpiece and on smooth tarmac it was an exciting thing to thrash. But it could be a little wayward on the bumpy stuff and was not the sort of car you could grab by the scruff of the neck. The ride was also hard. I commute on the train and have a Leon Cupra ST300 for family duties. When I drive my 'special' cars, it's generally on local B roads or on road trips somewhere like North Wales. Anyway, I got the Evora onto the B roads and... I can't really convey my experience without triggering the swearing filter. This car in a B road monster. I bought it for the combination of ride, handling and steering at it delivered IN SPADES. I'm absolutely gutted that I'm going on holiday next week so I can't drive it again. Nothing I've ever driven is in the same universe on a challenging road. Looking forward to getting it on track and taking it closer to its limits, which seem pretty bloody high. BEST. CAR. EVER. (Although the blue 400 at Snows looks incredible, as does the Elise 250 Cup) 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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