That blue paint is beautiful
Go for it. There are many posts stating the Lotus Evora feels more alive than our 718's do. The Emira will likely be similar, given the same engine and similar weight. I have an Elise and I attribute the spartan-ness to intentional design that is not compromised by marketers who want to sell to everyone. The spartan-ness of Lotus is not poor build quality, it is tilted towards all-out performance.I love this thing. I think it's gorgeous. This might be my graduation present to myself when I complete my doctorate. I was thinking it would be a GT4 but I can't stop looking at this exotic creature. Stunning.
Certainly tempted to do the same…I just put down a deposit on the Emira after test driving an Evora GT. It wasn’t better than my Cayman 718 GTS 2.5T, just different - more raw and intense. It reminded me a bit of how I felt when I test drove a cayman after test driving a 992 911 C4S: more nimble, stiff, light, connected, go-kart like.
Only concerns would be loss of storage space, dealer network, and torque from the turbo. But it’s a Toyota engine so should be okay. And my wife can ride with her suitcase in the front passenger seat.
Same on leaving outside....damage was done while with the dealer. Was so common, most Lotus Dealers did warranty claims on their lot stock and would not install the replacement dash until the car was sold.Noted on your dash warp. 944's did that too. I live in Austin and would not leave ANY of my cars parked in the sun for long.
What you saw happen was the car's normal response to low voltage. If I did not put mine on a battery tender, it would do that in just a couple days of not driving. I can only imagine the Emira being even worse since it has WAY more tech than an Evora does therefore more items to cause that parasitic battery drain.I have an Emira pre-order. Although I expect the Emira to be a major improvement over the Evora, I took a trip to the Lotus dealer to kick the Evora tires and take a test drive. I’ve not really taken much notice of Lotus in the past. I remember pondering the Elise back in something like 2005 but bought a Boxster S instead. Never really looked back.
So, after about 15 years I pop into a Lotus dealership. The looks of the Evora isn’t my th8ng but I ignore that issue. I’m there jus5 to see if I can read some tea leaves rega4dingnwhat to expect for the Emira. First, the build of the Evora is...well..cheaply..to be polite. Some of the exterior plastic seams crappy. The corner reflectors looked like something they nivpcked from my bicycle. I had to laugh at the “LOTUS” on the back. It was viny. I’m sure it had to be marketed as weight savings, LOL. I couldn’t get the drivers side mirror to adjust properly. Only really got a view of the rear quarter. Salesperson said the car had some quirks, I didn’t think the interior was as bad but not up to a modern 6 figure price tag. Once again, not great plastics and not much higher quality material. The seats were really comfy. Storage nowhere near as practical asthat of a Cayman or Boxster..but...but...you could put a small to medium size dog in the back seat!
Base car comes with two piece rotors. Nice upgrade over most pedestrian Porsches. The seats were very comfortable and supportive, IMO. Fully manual but fine for me since I avoid electric seats.
Test drive was a total disaster. The car had 45 miles on it and I guess that was enough. The car wouldn’t shift properly ( the auto) and refused to go over 4000 rpms. Then the check engine light came on..drive was over almost as soon as it started. Since I wasn’t going to buy an Evora, I didn’t insist a different car ( and the salesperson didn’t seem to be offering.)
I did like the steering and the chassis felt good for the short drive.
My wife was there. I got the “ You wouldn’t buy this POS?” look and “What makes you think the new car is going to be any better?” I wish I had a good answer.