New to Lotus and just purchased my first baby ... a new Black '12 Evora S. No pics yet. I am hoping to pick it up by the end of the week (the car needed to get detailed and have a few cosmetic things squared away). Will have some pics and more details up after I get it home and appropriately babied with a layer of the Klasse Twins.
I have been wanting a Lotus for many years now and had my eyes on an Exige specifically. But the Evora is amazing to drive, blends in some of the creature comforts I have grown accustomed to, and thus seems a better fit for my daily commute so I pulled the trigger this last Monday the 31st - could there be any better way to ring in the new year?!?
My family moved out to the Santa Cruz mountain area of the Bay Area early last year and the commute to Campbell every day (~45 minutes each way) has been slowly driving me mad. I have an F-150 currently and needless to say, the truck isn't much fun on the back roads - very comfy, but no fun. Driving freeway is boring and congested. So I needed to get something to make my daily drive bearable.
Among my 15 previous vehicles, I owned a Mini Cooper S that I had ordered just the way I wanted. Great little car, and up until now the most fun I have had driving, but the car started having issues as the warranty was about up - quality seems to be really down these days. I thought about another one, but just wasn't happy enough with the quality of what I got previously (especially for 35k). Interestingly, in that car I had some custom sound dampening installed and the thing still had more road noise than the Evora ... I was quite surprised.
There were a few other cars in the running for my new toy, but it was always my head trying to rationalize them ... a Mini Countryman (because it has AWD for the mountains and I have points on my MINI VISA to knock down the price), an Audi TT RS (because it has AWD and is rather rare), or a Cayman S (because I could get a better deal for more features). In the end, my heart won out and I went with the brand I have been itching to get my hands on for the last six years.
I am really looking forward to learning all that this Evora has to offer. I have a feeling it will be a long, fun process.