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I've spent quite a bit of time reading the Evora forums and certainty come away with a variety of opinions, issues, and accolades about the Evora. You all know them well.

I am seriously looking again to replace my 08 Elise SC. Today I had the opportunity to test drive a spanking new 2014 Evora S and I must say it exceeded my expectations.

1. I expected rattles, road noise and rough ride like my Elise. Not even close, didn't happen. Fit and finish was very good. Loved the red deviated stitching and piping against the black leather.

2. I expected a so, so exhaust note. Not even close. Under acceleration it sounded like certain beloved Italian V8 sports cars.

3. I expected an OK acceleration with the peddle down. Nope, pushed me back into the seat with a grin on my face.

4. This was a manual transmission car. I expected a loose and clunky shift gate like the Elise. Nope, not even close. Smooth as silk, short shifting.

It was tight, quiet, rattle free. Fast, perfect amount of steering feel, flat on accelerated curves.

5. And those seats!! Fit me like a glove and I'm 6'1".

Several disappointing things. The AC seemed overwhelmed by the warm car. Never really cooled the interior very well. Red digital readouts left and right of the gauges very hard to see, therefore difficult to read.

Don't know about the Alpine radio, didn't get a chance to hear it. New nav system also needs further examination.

Overall, this car was quite surprising, and put a big grin on my face. So you gents who just took delivery of your new Evora S, I now understand you elation.

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Pretty much what a lot of us though too! Hard to believe it's from the same factory as our Eliges.

The AC will not make your ice cream harder than when you left the store.

The head unit is easily changed if you prefer. But golly the car is quiet enough that you could hear a decent system if you had one!

Wish those red readouts were another color too. And that the image of the car weren't sideways. Maybe you did not see all the switches you can not see? Seriously. And no one knows what the little square box in there is for. But it's OK by me.

I call the diff color stitching "contrasting" not "deviated" but then ours are yellow not red :evil:
 

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Where are you located? I was using my Evora yesterday with 107 degree temps a it still does a pretty good job.

In retrospect, my first Evora had several issues with the a/c which lead me to believe the Evora's a/c just wasn't strong enough. After it was fixed, the cools of well.
 

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Where are you located? I was using my Evora yesterday with 107 degree temps a it still does a pretty good job.

In retrospect, my first Evora had several issues with the a/c which lead me to believe the Evora's a/c just wasn't strong enough. After it was fixed, the cools of well.
+1, I live in the valley just outside of Los Angeles. I have driven my car in hundred and 105° plus heat and it always cools down. Now if the car has been sitting in the sun even undercover it does take about 10 minutes to cool.
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I agree with most of your points but I'd have to disagree about the acceleration. I definitely would want/need more power.

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Like 0-60 in 4.4 is slow. 6 seconds was great, then 5, now 4 isn't good enough because someone else is in the 3's or god forbid, the 2's. HP is just a substitute for talent folks. I'm plenty satisfied with the linear pull from 0-150!:D Driven as it is supposed to be driven, its damn fast!
 

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The new Alpine INE-W940 is a huge upgrade over the original Alpine (505). The head unit is great. The sound is considerably more powerful than it was in the early models, but remains a bit muddy. There is still room for improvement, but I think that could be addressed by swapping out the door speakers and the subwoofer.

I live in Dubai--the temps have been in 110s with very high humidity and the a/c works great.
 

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Excellent comments gents. Even the salesperson wondered if there was something wrong with the AC even before I said anything.

In the end the fiancée wondered if there was going to be an Evora in the garage when she came home.

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It will get under your skin as each day goes by;)

I could've wrote your post after spending time in them and it kept eating me until I got one. (Mind you the Elise did the same).

As mine is nearly fully broken in, it has plenty of power:)

The seats are amazing, it's the first thing everyone mentions when they sit in it and it's amazing a car like that can easily fit my 6'4 frame

My ac is fine and has been keeping the car perfectly cold - the hottest it's been running in is ~90 with no issues all day.

My car has the pioneer sat nav - it's fine but washes out in direct sunlight, funnily enough I haven't had any issues with the dash read outs.

The only thing I've found, now that I've had one a few weeks, is the door opening is a little small and although better than an Elise I see how it gets criticized over say a 911. It's really not a big deal but one of those things you notice with continued use. It's a small price to pay for the rewards once you're inside:D Part of the problem is the Elise technique doesn't work to get out - the Evora has it's own easier method so I'm working on muscle memory...

As has been mentioned for numerous reasons the Evora is a very underrated car, do it:evil:
 

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Like 0-60 in 4.4 is slow. 6 seconds was great, then 5, now 4 isn't good enough because someone else is in the 3's or god forbid, the 2's. HP is just a substitute for talent folks. I'm plenty satisfied with the linear pull from 0-150!:D Driven as it is supposed to be driven, its damn fast!
Good perspective. I remember getting in a brand new 911SC in 1979 (not as an owner but as a lowly porter at Brumos Porsche/Audi in Jax, Fla.) and thinking this car is a freaking rocket ship. Did that car even have 220 hp?
 

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I agree with most of your points but I'd have to disagree about the acceleration. I definitely would want/need more power.

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We are getting jaded. 4.2 - 4.4 is fine
 

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I agree with most of your points but I'd have to disagree about the acceleration. I definitely would want/need more power.

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Just curious.

What would you "want/need more power" for?

For track use?

How much more would you consider adequate for your needs?

Have you driven an S?
 

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It will get under your skin as each day goes by;)
The seats are amazing, it's the first thing everyone mentions when they sit in it and it's amazing a car like that can easily fit my 6'4 frame
I remember being at Spring Mountain for the track day for WCLM or LOG (can't remember which). There were a couple of people doing a video for Lotus, and wanted feedback from those drivers tracking the Evora. They asked me what I liked best about the Evora, and I said these seats are fantastic and the best I've ever sat in.

The interviewer gave me a half confused/disturbed look on his face. He was fully expecting me to say the handling, but I had just traded in my Elise for the Evora, so it was all relative. It's hard to improve on the Elise's handling, other than being more stable in the Evora. But the seats!:nanner: They held me in place to the point where I didn't feel like I needed a four point harness, and they're so comfortable and fits me perfectly.
 

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The AC must be hit or mis. It stays in the 80's to 90's here in the summer and my AC has no problem keeping up.
 

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It will get under your skin as each day goes by;)



My car has the pioneer sat nav - it's fine but washes out in direct sunlight, funnily enough I haven't had any issues with the dash read outs.


As has been mentioned for numerous reasons the Evora is a very underrated car, do it:evil:

you need to switch the mode from auto to manual and then put the short cut day/night on the screen.
 

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you need to switch the mode from auto to manual and then put the short cut day/night on the screen.
I found that setting the other night but didn't try it, I'll will now

I am a little slow I was complaining how there was no forward/reverse buttons since I got it until I noticed the two real buttons after two weeks:facepalm
 

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So the "S" car books out at $97k before tax and license. So what are people paying for 14's on this list if you don't mind me asking?
 

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So the "S" car books out at $97k before tax and license. So what are people paying for 14's on this list if you don't mind me asking?
 

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I don't think anyone's paying list price for a new Evora. This is just a guess but I think you could get a brand new 2014 with a $95k sticker for low $80s. I'm sure you can get a brand new 2013 for $80k...or mid to high $70s.
 

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i can't believe they would be discounting a 2014 that hard - with the volumes being so small where is the profit ?
 
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