Over on Jalopnik they have a "How would you modernize Lotus?" post, and the comments are pretty hilarious. Most folks are basically saying that Lotus "should make simple, lightweight cars again".
Excuse me, but they've been doing EXACTLY that for many years, and somehow most of the laptop quarterbacks on teh interwebs found enough reasons NOT to buy into the Lotus brand so far.
To quote DeNiro's Moe Tilden in "Cop Land" - "You had your chance, and you blew it!"
I did my part. I bought an Elise for full pop from a stealership, had all my service done at authorized stealerships, and I'd like to buy a second one just for backup before the current generation is gone. While everybody is whining about what Lotus did or didn't do, I'll be driving mine into the ground. If one-tenth of the non-Lotus-owning commenters who bash the "new direction" had ever put their money where their caps lock key is, there wouldn't be two-year-old Elises sitting on dealer lots right now.... and there are plenty.
So boo-hoo for the Jalopnik commenters. They are welcome to continue walking around at Cars-N-Coffee taking cellphone pics of all the Lotii that they decided not to buy, and then drive home in their Cayennes and Boxsters.
I won't be there. I'll be out driving!
That said, I like the new direction. The new interiors look great. As for the exterior styling, who cares? You can't see the exterior styling when you're driving, and isn't that the whole point? When did looking good become more important to a Lotus owner than enjoying the drive?