What is practicality in the face of a giant grin?
Big grins are good! I'm trying to appear rational and make an attempt at due diligence but I am getting the sense an Evora is not about due diligence.
Which one will you still love in ten years? Follow your heart!
In 2006, I considered the Cayman and the Exige. My P-Car conclusions were similar to yours, but the Exige was such a visceral experience. I bought the Exige, still have it, and have no regrets. It remains just as visceral of an experience 11 years later. I can buy a used Cayman, if needed.
Yeah, used Caymans are a dime a dozen! I've done the math on those and it doesn't add up for me. If I went for a Cayman S I'd rue that I didn't get a 911. If I got a 911, I'd be questioning why I didn't get the Evora. I still have to rule out the Grand Sport and will work on that. But, as much as I was surprised by how fun the Vette was, nothing has harmonized for me like the Lotus. You all know this already. I have to come to terms with it for myself.
I've driven many cars and I have had an Elise SC since 2011 -- I love it as much as the day I bought it. And even 6 years later, it still gets ogled everywhere. I test drove the Evora 400 twice and became obsessed as well. In March, I bought one from my friends at Autosports Designs on Long Island (ask for Hugh Angle). It's being built as we speak. Can't wait for it to arrive. I think Lotus is simply the best driver's car -- completely connects the driver to the road like nothing else.
How did you order your car? It seems to me it's hard to get the basics wrong. I keep gong back to Lotus' modest 'build one' page and it seems like there isn't much to decide. Forged black wheels, check. Color? Something garish seems on point. I like black pack with orange which is good because that's what they have. I can buy it off the floor as long as I don't mind buying their demo. Which I think I'm OK with, although realistically it is their demo. I see pictures of the car in monotones and think there is something good to say about a solid color as it seems to soften the lines and make them less exaggerated. But orange and black? I keep surprising myself because I'm cool with it. A colorful car would be a welcomed break from the oppressive uniformity of black, white and gray.
Any input on upholstery is helpful. I don't have any experience with Alcantera, which is how the car I'm looking at is clad. If I had my druthers and for the same outlay, I'd go with full leather. Since I haven't moved on the car yet, I suppose I still could. There's a choice of exactly one vehicle locally with a stick which is a non negotiable requirement for me. I suppose I could order a car and wait it out. Otherwise, the car I drove would suit. I don't know why there are so many Alcantera cars. It seems to my naive mind that leather would be more durable and synthetics are all just synthetics, (Alcantera or regular cloth). But I don't know squat about Alcantera. The extra expense for the Alcantera package has me wondering if I care or if I should try and find a car spec'd exactly as I want it or buy a standard interior and save the money. My inclination is towards leather. Discuss!
I would like to buy locally, but I'm (sorta) open to all options. I suppose that's a conversation to have with the local guys. However, any input on this specific (fabrics), or optioning in general is much appreciated. As I see it, the car is pretty complete as is. The two things I know I would regret not getting apart from a manual are the right interior and forged wheels.
I'm shocked I've gotten this far given I started out thinking I was going to buy my first Porsche. I guess they make lots of sense for some folks but they don't light my fire and even my wife was nonplussed by them. The Evora though is car crack.
Edited: I refer to my (current) ad lib screen name which is hopefully identifiable as a germane play on loquacious. I can run on. You guys can call me Lew. Maybe Lewquacious would have been a better choice for a name here but it's a bit late now.