I've following this forum for about the past 2 years and now I am finally made a decision to purchase Evora 400. If my maximum budget is 75K to purchase the vehicle can anyone provide any advice for me?
ē Should I just buy new by increasing my budget?
ē Any warranty differences from buying new or used?
ē Is this Evora truly reliable and cost less to maintain compared to GTR or 911 generally?
ē Any specific option that I shouldn't skip?
ē Is it a bad idea to purchase a manual when I don't have any experience driving a manual car? But I can ride a sport motorcycle.
ē This will be my daily in Jersey City & NYC area so what do you think about getting an IPS automatic? (I am planning for track days as well)
Well since Carbuff asked for my opinion!!
That budget should get you a leftover or nearly new 400 but either will most likely not have full warranties left. It all depends on what 4xx you want. The 18s have the carbon packs that make it look like a 410 and obviously theres the GT now. The 18s are being discounted but are still above your budget - but it if you like that look then you'll have to spend more.
I'm torn on the warranty question and had a post here a week or so ago on that. After buying an Elise and an Evora new I see the value in the warranty but saying that I don't think a full 3 year is essential. A lot of the little things that were wrong on the cars were from it sitting on the lot (they were leftovers) so a used one will most likely have those issues addressed (mainly faded trim) or you can get a leftover fixed as you'll see it right away. My concern is the stuff that can break from use. I'd say after 18 months any little issues can be worked out, hence my suggestion above and the 400s are better overall than the original ones. So I wouldn't be too concerned with warranty provided there is a little left and to be fair the discount you'll get would be worth it.
My Elise had a few minor trim issues, it did show wearing on the cams so I replaced them but in 10 years of ownership all it needed was regular maintenance (consumables tires/fluids etc) and 5 years of Evora ownership has been similar. The only issues on my S were one code (sorted by an update), the ac compressor went (thankfully under warranty) and a sticky paddle shifter. Other than that it's had regular maintenance and has probably cost ~$500/yr in maintenance (not counting tires). It has been extremely reliable - the drivetrain ensures it is more reliable than the cars you mention. I've also been surprised with Lotus parts costs as they seem reasonable in general and especially for a low production car. The only real issue is if something does go wrong, labor can be the issue as components can be difficult to get to - but good mechanics will have shortcuts. It's difficult to say if an Evora overall are cheaper than a 911 or GTR but I'd say on comparable jobs the Evora probably is.
I'm not 100% up to speed on 400 options but I think the more the better. I think all the 400s have a back up camera but if not its essential.
Personally I would not get a manual if you haven't driven one before. My simple logic is that it's probably not the best car to learn on as clutch replacement is expensive on an Evora (due to the labor involved) so having the auto will eliminate that. By all means get one if you want but I would be worried about premature wear as you learn.
I haven't had my Evora on track yet so can't say how the IPS works in that scenario but I'm guessing that you might be a track novice so I don't see an auto hindering you much at least as you gain experience. I'm in the minority in these parts but I love the IPS. I bought it as I wanted a more GT car since I still had the Elise. After I sold the Elise last year (from lack of use) I really don't miss a manual. The IPS has a few quirks (it freewheels in 1st and every once in a while it can slur a change in non sport) but overall it performs exceptionally well. I rarely use it in full auto and just drive it manually but having the option to slip it into auto in traffic is nice.
I think the biggest issue why people don't like it is the fact it learns your driving style and it takes a while to adapt, therefore if you jump in a car for a brief period it refers to the last person driving which may be different to you and therefore can feel off. The 400 auto is even better and as such when I change the S for a 400 or GT it will be auto. BTW the rev match on the downshifts nearly makes it solely worthwhile over a manual especially with the 400 exhaust. The fact it'll be used in the NYC metro only makes more sense to opt for the auto.
Hope that helps.