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Old 05-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I got three cars to drive on my future buy list... I'm 3 years out if I keep the s260 and my Pontiac gto.
Either going to be a corvette stingray z71, jaguar f type, or Porsche cayman s. All three natural competitors
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Saw one at the auto show, was like "meh..."



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Old 05-21-2013, 06:17 AM   #23 (permalink)
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coupe is way better looking. you need the roof & fastback on this car.
Yep - thats why ALL roadsters usually come up short in the styling department. Losing the roofline and B & C pillars kills the styling. Ragtops start to look more the same, especially from the side view perspective.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:36 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Would you be able to describe the drive qualities of the two cars with one word?
I am seriuslly considering the F-type.
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F Type A true GT (Grand Touring) car

Elise A True Sport Car



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Old 05-31-2013, 07:04 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Saw one today with dealer plates (charcoal grey)

Liked it. Didn't love it
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Ok, drove the V8 and the V6S. I really enjoyed them. Really different from my Elise but it was expected. Really nice car inside and, yes, more standard outside.
Gear shift is amazing as well as the sound, especially the V8. Super fast gear shifts, felt almost driving a Supercar. Loved the fast open/close solution in 12".
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:08 AM   #27 (permalink)
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How does it compare to the Evora S?
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:19 PM   #28 (permalink)
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How does it compare to the Evora S?
Different cars. Evora seems more precise and detailed. F-type much nicer inside and sound/power is stronger. Also more comfortable in my opinion. Big difference for me is the fact that the Evora does not have even a glass roof, love to drive with no roof!
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:25 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Might need my flame suit for this one but in one word. Soulless

And I doubt you will see many (if any) Loti getting traded for f-types.

I've driven the f-type s extensively and it is a very difficult comparison to my daily (rev300 elise). In my opinion the f-type just felt numb. Yeah the engine felt and sounds great and it handles great but it kind of stops there. Everything feels overly synthesized. Even the burps from the exhaust feel like a focus group determined when they should happen. Put another way, if you prefer a raw feeling sports car, this ain't it!

Ironically, the visibility in the f-type is worse than the elise. The rear view mirror sits right in the drivers forward view (in a very bad way). You can lower the seat a bit but again the mirror is always in the way. The side view mirrors are pretty small but they would need to be to complement the car. However, my biggest gripe is the hood that seems to go on for days. The car is not that big but feels huge once you start driving it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Fired one up and sat in it today and yesterday both... The v8 sounds perfect. I quite like everything about the car.

They are doing a track day (drive event) here in OKC in the next month or so and I can report back. From what I have seen online though - it is very track oriented - including that fact that it comes standard with telemetry, lap, and other various track specific data capture.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:38 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Might need my flame suit for this one but in one word. Soulless

And I doubt you will see many (if any) Loti getting traded for f-types.

I've driven the f-type s extensively and it is a very difficult comparison to my daily (rev300 elise). In my opinion the f-type just felt numb. Yeah the engine felt and sounds great and it handles great but it kind of stops there. Everything feels overly synthesized. Even the burps from the exhaust feel like a focus group determined when they should happen. Put another way, if you prefer a raw feeling sports car, this ain't it!

Ironically, the visibility in the f-type is worse than the elise. The rear view mirror sits right in the drivers forward view (in a very bad way). You can lower the seat a bit but again the mirror is always in the way. The side view mirrors are pretty small but they would need to be to complement the car. However, my biggest gripe is the hood that seems to go on for days. The car is not that big but feels huge once you start driving it.
Come on... To be fair almost everything will feel numb and boring compared to a Lotus! That is what Lotus does best! You really don't buy a Jaguar for the raw steering feel...

I will say, I have yet to see one on the streets, but the one I saw in Detroit was stunning! If I had the money there would be one in my garage!
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Might need my flame suit for this one but in one word. Soulless

And I doubt you will see many (if any) Loti getting traded for f-types.

I've driven the f-type s extensively and it is a very difficult comparison to my daily (rev300 elise). In my opinion the f-type just felt numb. Yeah the engine felt and sounds great and it handles great but it kind of stops there. Everything feels overly synthesized. Even the burps from the exhaust feel like a focus group determined when they should happen. Put another way, if you prefer a raw feeling sports car, this ain't it!

Ironically, the visibility in the f-type is worse than the elise. The rear view mirror sits right in the drivers forward view (in a very bad way). You can lower the seat a bit but again the mirror is always in the way. The side view mirrors are pretty small but they would need to be to complement the car. However, my biggest gripe is the hood that seems to go on for days. The car is not that big but feels huge once you start driving it.
I doubt Jaguar is making this car in an attempt to steal away a great percentage of the 5k or so Lotus owners.
The Elise is a great car for what it is, but theres a reason we don't see other car makers trying to make their own version.
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Come on... To be fair almost everything will feel numb and boring compared to a Lotus! That is what Lotus does best! You really don't buy a Jaguar for the raw steering feel...
Agreed and I thought of prefacing my post with something along those lines.

And the car does look amazing but again not the driver's car it is being hyped as. I still feel it should be marketed as an obese s2000.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:56 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Not looking to replace my Evora, but the F-type is definitely on my list of must test drives.

It would be nice to see that s'charged V6 and V8 stuffed in an Evora's rear. I'd like to see how it would perform with the added weight of the V8.

They look really nice. We'll see how the drive goes....


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I absolutely fell in love with the F-Type concept when it came out in 2000 and swore it would be my next car, since it was going into production with minimal changes as a 2003 model, priced to compete with the Boxster...

OK, I was young and naive.

I don't hate it, but it's a huge disappointment visually compared to the concept. I can think of better ways to spend $100K.
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Saw one tonight going the opposite direction by my house. Correction, I heard it first then I saw the lit taillights and knew what it was. Sounded awesome!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:20 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I love the way this car looks and sounds.

It's on my must drive list along with the C7 Corvette.

You guys are "meh" about the styling??



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Old 06-22-2013, 10:19 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Local dealer had their launch party today. Nice affair actually. Had it in a hanger at the airport. Together with Cirrus airplanes and Land Rover and Orvis.

First of all, those airplanes are nice!

Cut to chase. They drew open the hanger doors to reveal two Rangies chasing that orangey coloured F Type about the tarmac. Decently well driven for a few drifts and a couple smoky donuts. Most folks there had probably not seen or heard this before and were amazed.

Anyway, it was a nice show. That things sounds about as good as any stock V8 on Earth. Not a bad design. Front a bit reminescent of a Maserati. Very disinctive back end. A bit cramped inside.

About $100K set up well V8 supercharged. Over 500 horses.

This car has a 5 year warranty with service paid for. For many reasons people buy sports cars, this one does well.

They had two nice E Types there. Why can't they do a retro version of that long bonneted wonder? This might well pry the Evora keys from my grasp!

Forgot to mention. When you raise the hood (bonnet?) on that 500+ HP monster, there is basically nothing to see. I know that's the trend today. Everything all covered up with bland plates. I've even wished the Evora had cover plates like the new Exige S so could let go of the existing engine cover.
I guess we all want something Ferrari like, beauty under glass. I miss being able to pop open the hood and stand there with your buddies marveling at the piece of kit you have. Now, it looks more like a very cheap model car where they just put in a couple grooves where the motor goes.
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I test drove the V8 a few days ago. The exhaust on the car is amazing, nice to see/hear a a manufacture get the exhaust note right. The interior is nice, had plenty of room with the top up (in 6'2").

For the drive I really wasn't super impressed. Sure it rides well and has all of the fancy options, but it just felt like another GT car. Just not worth $100k to me (for the V8). There are so many great options for cars in that magical $100k range, more even if you open up to some slightly used cars. And I hated the transmission. It's a shiftable auto, not a true dual-clutch. The sales manager said Jaguar wasn't going to release a manual as it was just too expensive for them to develop both options.

Later that same day I went to pick up our Elise from Lotus of Greenville. Max let me take my wife out for a short test drive in an Evora S. I realize that some people have problems with the build quality, but I much prefer the simpler interior of the Evora... My wife even commented positively on the Evora. I may be in the minority here though as the Elise has skewed my perception of 'what is a sports car' just a bit. I would get the Evora in a manual though. While the F-Type is a little roomier and and nice to cruise around in, I like how the Evora is a little more cozy inside.

I will say that I'm glad that more and more companies are releasing some beautiful sports cars. I'm sure the Jag will be a great seller, and I'm looking forward to seeing the Alfa 4C.
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After a brief test drive yesterday, I have decided that I will very likely add one of these to the garage next year. The only other ride I'm considering is maybe a 427 drop top Vette. Maybe the C7 will drop the prices a bit.

After my test drive, I glanced at the 3/4 view from the rear and had a slight image of a stretched Pontiac Solstice. I wouldn't recommend getting copper or burnt orange! Either way, I will more than likely wait a year before getting one.


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