RE Autotempest: It seemed good recently, but that's based on a post purchase assessment on my X5M given what was available from other platforms, and thinking about my other ~5 vehicles I keep track of the market for regularly (wish list, or just thinking about it vehicles).
I'll PM you about the FoRS vs. Esprit question tonight when I have some more time. Both are excellent... just different, especially in how I enjoy them.
Thanks for the detailed assessment! Would love to talk more and I'll check out autotempest.
The other ones on my list have been the NSX, [strike]C63 Coupe, TTRS,[/strike] R8 (extra $10k), and GTR (extra $10k).
C63 crossed from list because it just doesn't have that special feel I'm going for, though it hits the sound criteria better than just about anything.
TTRS because at the end of the day it's still just a Haldex AWD system with the engine way out front. Again hits the sound criteria great since I love 5 cyls.
NSX would work great with a SC, but I've seen exactly one I could afford and would consider buying in the last 12 months.
R8 V8 is a really intriguing choice but I'd be looking at about 10k on top of what the Lotus would cost, and I'm not sure it's 10k better. Certainly not as "cool" to me
GTR is the Subaru of this genre to me. It check every box I have, but... do I really want to be associated with the people that buy one? That's the reason there are no P-cars on my list. I've had nothing but terrible interactions with all but two owners I've ever