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There are 50 or so of us... How many are here?
Picked up mine last weekend.. Thought the first thing I would do is paint the grill but, it's growing on me..
 

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i have a red one... it was the demo
 

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I owned an 05 Ardent Red Elise before getting the yellow California. I jokingly refer to myself as a former Lotus owner, since the California has carpeting and a cup holder. :D

I loved the exposed raw aluminum interior of the first car. However, I like the California's interior much more. I respect that this trim package is not for everyone. Yet, I can assure you that every person who sees my new California MUCH prefers the interior to my former car.
 

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Pictures!
 

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Cali's

I agree with Todd; the painted vents and silver grillwork are definitely an "acquired taste." I thought about painting them too orginally. Now I wouldn't change them for the world. They just take a bit of getting used to in relation to the original paint scheme. People who are unfamiliar with the original Elise appear to prefer the Cali color scheme without prejudice. I've had several people comment on my KG '05 rebuild project asking me if I planned to redo the interior to make it "as nice as the yellow one." There were two Saffron Yellow Cali's at LOG 29 and I'm sure that Todd would agree that they were by far the best looking Elises there. :nanner2: JK, I really like all these cars (special editions and standards) and I find the design & appearance sexy, and the performance breathtaking.

A.J.
 

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When I picked mine up the first thing I did was look at the grill. It was the first time I had seen the silver in person.
I planned on getting a set of black grills, but the silver grew on me very quickly.
Coming from my 05 KG to my Cali has been a joy.!

I think it looks more exotic and upscale, while retaining all that we love about the Elise!

Steve:nanner:
 

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The grills on the hood and sides needs to be painted black. It looks very dull with same-color - atleast IMHO. Sorta ruins those details that really show of the curves and flow of the body.

However, the interior I like. Looks very nice. :)
 

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I want the seats and the sill covers.
I figure one day soon I will buy the sill covers and when I have the spare $ I will go for a set of seats similar to the Cali’s
 

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The grills on the hood and sides needs to be painted black. It looks very dull with same-color - atleast IMHO. Sorta ruins those details that really show of the curves and flow of the body.
We've all heard the complaints. However, there are no aesthetic imperatives here. In fact, there is actually a fair amount of precedent.

Ferrari has dealt with the grillwork both ways. For example, can you tell us that the hood grillwork on these 308s looks better in black? Also, note the silver grill.
 

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I don't understand at all the complaint about the body colored grills. It looks sooooo much better than the faded, dirty grey-trying-to-be-black grills of the normal Elise.
 

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I'm don't mean to suggest the California design is better. But, I do suspect that part of the reason it has been rejected by some is because they are so used to the former style.

Ruin the details that show the curves? Granted, the black accents do help show the curves in photographs (2D). But, in person (3D) they can stand out just fine.

Like the others here, initially I wasn't keen on the silver front grills. However, now I can't imagine what other color they should be. Matching yellow would seem too much. Black exists nowhere else. And the silver seems to compliment the wheels.

For some, it may be too much bling. I'm comfortable with this. :cool:
 

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We've all heard the complaints. However, there are no aesthetic imperatives here. In fact, there is actually a fair amount of precedent.

Ferrari has dealt with the grillwork both ways. For example, can you tell us that the hood grillwork on these 308s looks better in black? Also, note the silver grill.
What happened to the girl? It disappeared in the second picture :panic: rotfl
 

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I'm don't mean to suggest the California design is better. But, I do suspect that part of the reason it has been rejected by some is because they are so used to the former style.

Ruin the details that show the curves? Granted, the black accents do help show the curves in photographs (2D). But, in person (3D) they can stand out just fine.

Like the others here, initially I wasn't keen on the silver front grills. However, now I can't imagine what other color they should be. Matching yellow would seem too much. Black exists nowhere else. And the silver seems to compliment the wheels.

For some, it may be too much bling. I'm comfortable with this. :cool:
The difference on the front grills to me on the Ferraris is that they are metal, not painted plastic, so it looks different somehow. But hey, if your comfortable with it.:huh:

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