Thanks for all the input, guys. I'll check with Rob at Dietsch Werks.
Also, I am looking at several other colors, (bordeaux, canyon red, polar blue, black, nightfall blue, graphite grey, even autumn gold but those are more rare than aubergine) so it's not like "I must have this color at any cost." It's just that the aubergine has been harder to locate, and is my first choice so far, so I decided to open it up to the kind folks on this forum. I'm probably going to wind up going to a different color but I thought I'd give it a shot here before moving on.
And no, I have not seen one in person yet and I am more than a little worried about it. Purple is a hard color to get right, but from all the photos I've seen I love it. That said, if anyone has one or knows where I can go look at one (besides calling Rob, which I'll do) that would be a great help before I spend any more time on this particular path.
And I saw that Exige and, yes, it seemed like he didn't really want to sell it after all. I'll see what he says, thanks. It must be hard to let a Lotus go once you own one! What would you buy to replace it?
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