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Texevora, what is your 2nd choice for a sportscar? Mine was the Porsche Cayman S.I took my 2003 Nissan 350Z to test drive the Elise SC and just left the Z at the dealership and drove home with the Elise. I never got to drive the Porsche. The fun factor was so high with the Elise I did not want to pass it up!
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Well, i'm not sure i ever really had a surefire 2nd choice (I ended up getting a '12 Evora S just before new years). Leading up to the purchase however, I test drove a Cayman S, a Carrera, and a Carrera 4S. Generally speaking I liked the way the Porsches drove, but i didn't really LOVE any of them. Whereas in the Evora S I was grinning like an idiot before even starting the motor. Another huge factor in deciding against the Porsches is that there are literally thousands of them here in the DFW area, so there is literally zero wow factor when i see them. In my mind, Porsches are the iPhones of sports cars. Good/solid all around, but nothing to get excited about (and the styling doesn't change. Ever.)

I will say I also test drove a GT-R. It was ABSURDLY fast, but the styling just didn't do it for me, and I can't say I truly enjoyed driving it. Just knowing all the electronics that it uses to get from point A to point B takes a lot of the cerebral enjoyment out of driving in my mind.


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Texevora, what is your 2nd choice for a sportscar? Mine was the Porsche Cayman S.I took my 2003 Nissan 350Z to test drive the Elise SC and just left the Z at the dealership and drove home with the Elise. I never got to drive the Porsche. The fun factor was so high with the Elise I did not want to pass it up!
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this sums up my thoughts pretty nicely

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What would happen to my Lotus warranty. I worry that the dealer would stop supporting it if there is no funding.....

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Beats me... I convinced myself that Lotus has been on the brink countless times throughout its history, and this time around is no different. It's a real shame what Bahar did to the company though. If only they hadn't handed that jackass the keys to the castle Lotus would be in much better shape.
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LC, just drive the car. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll eat up your 36K warranty. Also, the more you drive it, the quicker you'll ID any anomalies. If some do come up, the dealer will take care of you. There's no imminent threat of Lotus folding in the next few months.
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Just my two cents.
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I have no problem finding parts for it and if I can't find the part it's quite easy to get it made or find a suitable sub.
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Did you know Porsche decided to stop making the 911 and its variants years ago and got many offers right away to take over production or manage from outside?
The model came back at a higher price.
Lotus sevens only got better when lotus stopped making them and others carried on.
The glass parts are very easy to mold and reproduce. I make windsurf boards and car parts in a limited way and we would like to make variant shells with updated styling if Lotus gives up the supply line on those. They would cost less than the carbon ones made now, as well as less than Lotus ones.

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DRB Hicom Confident Of Turning Loss-Making Lotus Around

Conveniently, three years is how long my warranty runs for!

All kidding aside though, with DRB-Hicom, while they haven't exactly been forthcoming with respect to news, what little has dribbled out appears to me like they are in Lotus for the long haul.
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Texevora, what is your 2nd choice for a sportscar? Mine was the Porsche Cayman S.I took my 2003 Nissan 350Z to test drive the Elise SC and just left the Z at the dealership and drove home with the Elise. I never got to drive the Porsche. The fun factor was so high with the Elise I did not want to pass it up!
This story is why Lotus cars will always have value and a market. And, because of that, there will likely always be a cottage industry of parts suppliers.

What I wonder is what would happen to the classic Lotuses like my Esprit Turbo. Do they go up because of rarity and the fact that at the time theye were quite liked? Or, do they sink further into oblivion? Either way, Mine aint going anywhere unless my hand is forced.

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All kidding aside though, with DRB-Hicom, while they haven't exactly been forthcoming with respect to news, what little has dribbled out appears to me like they are in Lotus for the long haul.
That's exactly what DRB has said right along.

Just wondering if people here follow Lotus on Twitter. They don't post a lot of business news, but they do tweet frequently about new dealerships, car show exhibits, motorsports-related stuff, etc.

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