So in my ever increasing search for knowledge, I'm hoping for some input from the community on this.
At this point, I have my mind set on an Evora vs an Elise/Exige. The question however, is whether to go with an NA or S model.
A little bit about my background to elaborate from my original 'Hi' thread-
My first car was a four-banger Neon. My second was a toyota corolla wagon and my current one is a subaru wagon ('07). This is the car I've been driving since bought new. My only experience with driving a sports car was my uncle's 95 3000GT (maybe 100 miles-ish) and a few various others from test drives lasting a few minutes (370z, BRZ/FRS, older Z06, and a porsche). So in reality, pretty much no long-term experience with a sports car--let alone a car with some decent power.
The Evora is to finally be a treat to myself for finally having a really stable life (10 years at job and marriage, nice house, etc). It's my way of congratulating myself on "You've made it!" to be what I've considered to be successful.
I plan to use the Evora as a daily, and if I do track it, it may be 1-3 times in it's lifetime (because hey, we all want to see what our cars can do once in awhile), but I'm not a track-goer. Prior to stumbling upon Lotus, I had seriously considered a BRZ/FRS as my next car, so that's really my only 'serious' comparison.
Here's what I'm currently thinking of when it comes to the two versions
S version over NA
Marginal price increase (an extra 8-10k when you're already spending 50k+ isn't that bad) but a price increase is still a price increase
While altitude affects all vehicles, having the extra power helps offset that
Cheaper to buy an S than get an NA and decide to eventually tack on a super charger
Better resale value (if I ever decide to let it go)
NA version over S
Earlier model years available (2010s available) to help lower cost if that really is an issue
As I have no experience with fast cars or sports cars in general, I won't really know the difference, nor would I be able to tell if I did drive the two side-by-side
Slight gas mileage increase
If I do track the vehicles, I wouldn't be able to take full advantage of the power that the NA offers due to being a novice, so an S would just be overkill in comparison
I think I'm leaning towards the NA, but it feels to me that most of my reasons for having an NA over an S just feel like justifications to myself on not spending the extra money for the power. But at the same time, the cost is a very cheap upgrade for power all things considered.
Now, the reason why I'm asking here rather than the main Evora forum: How do these two versions of the car compare with respect to altitude? I know you get power loss the higher you go, and being a mile above sea level should show some decent power loss. With respect to now knowing a bit about me and how I plan to treat the vehicle, should I go for an NA or an S model? I'd appreciate some input for those who know more about driving both at similar altitudes.
P.S. Sorry, I can't seem to not write a book whenever I post.