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Channel 4 cars has completed a detailed review of the 111R.

http://www.channel4.com/apps26/4car/jsp/main.jsp?lnk=231_2&page=1&reviewid=843



Sumary:
For:
Still one of the best driver's cars on sale at any price. Great looks and improved refinement and equipment make it even more desirable than ever.
Against:
Ticking a few of the options boxes results in a car that falls on the wrong side of £30K, which is getting expensive. Brake and throttle pedal positions need sorting.
Sum up:
The rougher edges are getting smoother, but the soul is intact.
Interesting comment on the negatives we have heard about brakes:
Lotus insiders admit that this feature needs attention, and there's a fix in the pipeline, so we'll keep you informed.
 

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Nice find. Thx! A reasonably balanced review.

Most of us will not notice the servo assist issue since we drive cars with much softer pedals. Those folks with Elises/Exiges may take exception! The rest of us should pinch ourselves daily...
 

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This part about sums up Lotus' intentions to push this car to people who will crash it:

"Image
This is precisely what Lotus is hoping to trade on with the new car. The company has a rich motorsport heritage, as well as a sterling reputation for building cars that are among the best-handling on the planet. Add to that its quite funky looks and you've got a formula to tempt buyers away from the aging Audi TT and rather predictable Porsche Boxster. In fact, Lotus happily admits that one targeted segment of buyers, a group that it calls 'peacocks', are primarily interested in the image of the car they drive. The Elise will work well for this group, even if for them the notion of a 'track day' is as alien as 'lift-off overseer'."
 

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Nice find. Thx! A reasonably balanced review.

Most of us will not notice the servo assist issue since we drive cars with much softer pedals. Those folks with Elises/Exiges may take exception! The rest of us should pinch ourselves daily...
The reviewer was not concerned so much with pedal feel, as he was with the fact that there is some travel needed before the pedal actually starts to do anything.
 
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