My inquiry last week about power levels and possible tunes was made through the dealer, but answered by the Lotus North American rep who should know how the U.S. cars are configured. As noted, though, this is not a big difference in real world testing.
And I think that's the issue, at least for me. I have enjoyed all of my Lotus cars, and each has been pretty substantially different than the prior model. I have no doubt that the GT is an improvement, and probably in many ways. If I didn't have a 400, there wouldn't be a question. But having a 400, and looking at (another) $20+k hit to exit, and probably paying near full price if I buy now, that's quite a lot of money for 16 hp, and further, the front end is minimally different.
I applaud Lotus for continuing to make improvements on what has historically been a shoestring budget, and I imagine that little if any of the new Geely money is seen in the GT; it's obviously a stop-gap for the US, given it was a limited edition venture outside of the US where they can still offer the Elise and Exige range, and the actual 410. We'll all have different opinions, and mine is valid for me, and yours is valid for you.
I look forward to the new models and a roadster (
), and I congratulate anyone who purchases a GT, and would be excited to see one (or actually, any Lotus) on the road.