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View Poll Results: Pick the Evora S you would buy
2011 Heritage Green 19 44.19%
2011 Bordeaux Red 6 13.95%
2011 White 8 18.60%
2014 Ardent Red 10 23.26%
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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-14-2017, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Evora vs Evora vs Evora vs Evora

So I am all over the place lately and cant decide so I thought I would ask some opinions.

I am looking at 4 different Evora S'. All very close in $. What do you guys think of these?

1) 2011 Heritage Green Evora S - 6mt - 12k miles
Suede Tex Int, #1 of 4, yellow stiching
Price $57k
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2) 2011 White Evora S - 6mt - 10k miles
Double Suede Tex int with red stiching.
Price $58k
Private owner

3) 2011 Bordeaux Red Evora S - 6mt - 8k miles
only 1 custom order of this color. Wilwood CMC, larni exhaust
$55k
Private owner

4) 2014 Ardent Red Evora S - IPS -14k miles
newer, still might have warranty,
$60k
Dealer - so the price can come down a bit?maybe?
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The Heritage Edition is quite simply the best looking Evora ever made/
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I almost bought the white one. Beautiful color and interior. The suedetex is really nice and harder to find. If I had to choose I'd buy either that one or the Heritage edition.

What is most important in the car you're looking for?

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My vote is for the 14 IPS Ardent Red. I have the IPS and don't miss the manual. It's a great GT car. That being said, my Golf R and 17 Vette Grand Sport are both manual. That makes it easier.


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Do you want MT or IPS? Which color of the 4 do you prefer? If none of these matter I would go with the newest car as they are so close in price
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What are the mileages on each ?
Why does the Bordeaux Red car have 18" and 19" wheels, if it is an S ?
My vote is ALWAYS for 3 pedals. That's slowing me from getting a 570S.
Beyond that, they are ALL 2011s, so look at the mileage and service records, and pick the color that excites you most.
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Agree that service records are important, but my choice would be a 6MT unless I commuted in terrible traffic every day, and the Heritage Green is special. Is that XHILR8N! 's car?

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Jeez, I need to get my 2012 Velvet S 6spd with black pack up for sale soon. Seems like many looking currently.
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Get the Ardent Red IPS, you wont have to worry about the clutch master cylinder going, or the gear cables stretching, or the grinding noise of the manual at low revs.

Also, I had an Ardent Red Evora for a few weeks and it's a stunningly good colour on the Evora.
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Agree that service records are important, but my choice would be a 6MT unless I commuted in terrible traffic every day, and the Heritage Green is special. Is that XHILR8N! 's car?
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The Bordeux Red is another order of special.

Green is, well, green. Looks great with yellow on a Type 49, Type 23 (with yellow wobblies) or Type 38 race car...and if you ignore the garrish yellow interior it goes ok on the Jim Clark Esprit...but beyond that, not so much.

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i actually prefer the 6MT but I could go with the IPS. Ive had nothing but MT's my whole life and I love to row, even in Houston traffic.

Dont judge... but I have a 11' Mustang GT at the moment and used to live in LA having a MT in that traffic so that doesnt bother me at all. I am concerned about the CMC because it will be put to test daily driving that 6 days a week.

which makes me lean towards the IPS but then the White or the Heritage edition is calling my name.

The wife wants me to get a white, she is ok with the ardent, not too keen on the heritage. I kind of like the Bordeaux but just not sure if that color pops on the Evora (however the price is the best)

The biggest thing I am looking at the moment is a good deal. I don't want to come off as a dick but its a buyers market at the moment and the Evora prices have hit rock bottom. I am an opportunist and obviously want to save me money so we shall see what car I end up getting the best deal.

My picks are:

1) 2011 Heritage (my kids are alright with the color lol but will have to convince the wife)
2) 2011 White (kids and wife love this color)
3) 2014 Ardent (both are ok with it)
4) 2011 Bordeaux (both are ok with but it has the best price)

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FWIW, it a matter of priorities (assuming mileage/condition are all similar).

IPS can be found cheaper than manual, but I would only consider manual (others prefer IPS).
Personally, I am not a fan of lotus racing green, the heritage look or burgundy red (others clearly love it).

As a result, I would personally only consider the white one as the others all have disqualifiers for me (ips or color). Again, all personal preferences but you asked for opinions.


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Gotta get the manual. Yeah, the IPS might be a better GT car, but it's still a Lotus. If you wanted a GT car, get a convertible Jag or a 997 Porsche. You're buying a Lotus because it goes like a raped ape in the twisty stuff.
That being said, the Bordeaux looks boring. The heritage green looks a little cartoony. The white looks the business. That's my vote.
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MILES on all of them?
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updated post with the miles.

the difference in the miles is very negligible
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Buy the White car.
Your wife and kids like it.
You say that you don't mind the stick in traffic.
The clutch master cylinder has NOT been a problem on all cars. The early 2011s have the metal MC, which has rarely been a problem. My June 2010 built 2011 Evora has had NO CMC problems. Even if it does occur, there is a good permanent fix now available with the Wilwood MC. So, the CMC is a non issue in the long run.
Torque Converter Automatic Transmissions also will face problems eventually, and will not be cheap to fix.
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I'm interested in this thread as I'd like to get an Evora in the medium term.
A question about IPS (which the OP may be interested in the answer to) - what years had the problem with the wiring harness (IIRC, that was an IPS specific problem)?

Also, apart from the CMC, presumably having an IPS would save you from the massive bill to replace the 6MT clutch? Though as the poster just above said, slush boxes can be expensive to fix too.

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A question about IPS (which the OP may be interested in the answer to) - what years had the problem with the wiring harness (IIRC, that was an IPS specific problem)?
We did a poll about a year ago which showed both MT and IPS cars had wiring harness issues, starting with 2012 models. I'm sure there are people out there with problems who aren't represented on the poll though.

Poll: Have you had your wiring harness replaced?

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