Thanks for the write-up. Very interesting to hear the views of a real 4C owner, who previously was deep into Lotus. Having bought both of those cars gives your views all the more weight. Always makes me laugh how road testers spout-on about the 4C's 'road racer' traits, when Lotus came-up with the blue-print 20 years prior.
What it confirms to some extent is how much North American market Lotus is missing by not having the Exige V6 available for street use... in its sector, its easily the best drivers car out there, as long as they don't get too cheeky on the price point.
Here in the UAE, we have all the choices Porsche / Lotus / Alfa... and pretty much anything else. I'd have to do some serious road testing to decide myself where the money would be spent. I guess my views would be :
$65 to $80k. (New) Exige V6 Sport 350... I wouldn't bother with the Cup version
$80 to $100k (New) Cayman GT4... I wouldn't pay a premium over list, nor do you need to if you know where to look.
$100k + (Used) MP4-12C... what a silly name.
... although something naughty inside me hankers for a RXC, which are fully street legal here.