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I haven't brought it home yet - and actually, I haven't signed all the paperwork (it's off at the Lotus dealer getting some things fixed before I take delivery) so I could back out of the deal - but I'm getting a little concerned about all the attention I'm likely to get driving my 2011 Evora (Storm Titanium / Black).

I like cars that are 'different' but given that I've never seen one on the roads around here, I'm thinking I might get more attention than I want. Does it get annoying?

There are plenty of Porsche's around. There are a few Maserati's in town and I'm seeing more and more Tesla's lately. To see a Bentley isn't uncommon either and there's at least one Ferrari in town. But never a Lotus.

I love the car, but I'm wondering if I'm going to hate the attention, questions, stares, etc...

Help....:confused:
 

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Yes and no. Has NOTHING to do with it being an Evora, per se...pick any...7, Type 14 Elite, Elan, Europa, Esprit, Eclat, Excel, Elite Series 2, M100 Elan, Elise, Exige, 340R, Evora...makes no difference. All are rare, all draw attention. Get used to it.

It is a Lotus thing. Everybody has heard of it, but nobody knows what it is. It is one of the great automotive puzzles.

You know you really want it, otherwise you wouldn't have bought it.

Bottom line...if you enjoy DRIVING it, then you'll be able to tolerate the attention.

Your question is almost like..."Oh my God, I'm dating Kate Upton, can I stand the attention?"

Yes. You can.

If you can't, then you don't deserve either the Evora OR Kate Upton.
 

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Hmmmm.

How to define what is too much.

It can be a bit aggravating sometimes at a gas station or such, answering the questions. Without seeming pompous or better than or some such thing. Or if you're just in a hurry. But it's especially fun with kids.

The law is going to notice you. Especially when you get a bit frisky.

People might tailgate or hang out in the (very large) blind spot checking you out.

I'm sure that I enjoy driving at night sometimes because we're not seen so much.
 

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Your question is almost like..."Oh my God, I'm dating Kate Upton, can I stand the attention?"

Yes. You can.
Good point. I could handle dating Kate Upton...although I'd have to check with my wife first. :D Thanks for the perspective!
 

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At a gas station here is the typical conversation,

Stranger: "What kind of car is it?"
Answer: Its a Lotus

Stranger: That's the coolest car ive seen!, i bet its so fast, how much horse power does it have?

Answer: 350hp

Stranger: oh..., well it looks cool anyways.

:popcorn:
 

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The law is going to notice you. Especially when you get a bit frisky.
Yes...I can see the township police taking notice. Might be worth an introduction next time I see them at the coffee shop.
 

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At a gas station here is the typical conversation,

Stranger: "What kind of car is it?"
Answer: Its a Lotus

Stranger: That's the coolest car ive seen!, i bet its so fast, how much horse power does it have?

Answer: 350hp

Stranger: oh..., well it looks cool anyways.

:popcorn:
There is the Rolls Royce response on Hp .. Adequate
 

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I've had my Evora 6 days, and every single day *something* happens, attention-wise.

I've been yelled at from street corners, stoplights, and on the freeway (all in positive ways). Lots of staring, some screaming, many head-nods, a few parking lot inspections, some laughable conversations overheard (d'bag to his girlfriend: "you wouldn't want to own a car like that." Really? 'Cuz you would know, right?), all have put a smile on my face.

It WILL get attention. If you're in a town where exotics aren't common, you will get attention every day. If you don't like attention, tint your windows dark, always roll with the windows up, and wait 'til people clear out before getting in or out of your car.
 

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I'm expecting the attention, but it won't be my DD, so maybe it won't be that bad. I'd consider tinting the windows, but NJ law doesn't allow the front/driver window to be tinted. If I do that, I'll get even more - unwanted - attention. Thanks for the thoughts!
 

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I'm not really interesting in conversing with people. So, if someone asks "how much HP?" Why do I have to tell them 350hp? I can just tell them 595hp let them go "wow" and be one their way. I don't need to waste time talking about power-to-weight, Lotus philosophy, etc. Let them go on the Internet and research themselves. That's what it's for.

Personally, I HATE the attention but I like stylish cars so it's something I've had to put up with until I decide I just want the peace and quite that goes with a Honda Accord..in white or silver.
 

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Most of the interactions are pretty short, at least. It doesn't seem like anybody really wants to stand around and talk about the car. They just want to compliment and be on their way. The easiest thing to do, and the quickest, is just to smile and say "thank you!" and keep walking. :)
 

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Allan, like you, I'm not buying it for the attention, but I guess I'll have to deal with it...and like you said, I can just make up some BS story about HP, power to weight ratios, blah, blah, blah. Even my little C30 gets a comment or question here and there, so it won't be totally new to me. Maybe I'll just have a little more fun with it and the Evora. Thanks!
 

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Hi Jim, I speak for us all when I say I hope you do go through with the purchase and enter the fold! Certainly don't deny yourself the pleasure of ownership for what other people's response will be, or even worst case for the inconvenience of answering a few questions from excited drivers. I think 4380R hit it on the head... In fact, think of this as your chance to date the automotive Kate Upton! Now sign those papers! :clap:

There's a growing contingent of NJ owners here. Are you picking up the car from Sports and Specialist Cars?

PS I have a Storm Ti too and it's one of the stealthier colors. The attention would be so much more if I chose a bold color.


-Jerry
 

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For the most part I like the attention.
Most people are respectful and have a healthy curiosity for the car
Its like 15 minutes of fame that you can drive
 

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No lotus around there, pfft! One of my few memories of living in Berlin is seeing an Esprit pulled over by the Berlin Circle....:D

There are a few lotus that I know are in that area but I don't know of any Evoras

As for attention, the color you picked will help as it's subtle. My Elise is black and on drives it's amazing to see people notice the bright colored ones while not noticing mine, which isn't a bad thing.

Just buy it, you won't regret it;)

BTW if you haven't already, look into PALS the local club, and you can meet some other owners in the area.
 

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The attention goes with the territory. Most of us enjoy talking about our cars, or just cars in general, so unless we're in a hurry, it's not a bad thing. Think of a witty but vague response in advance so you'll have it handy when asked how much you paid for the car.
 

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In all seriousness the car does attract attention. In my opinion it attracts more attention then most Ferrari's virtually all Porsche's. I take pictures of people taking pictures of the car.

Here is one of the best ways you can take pictures of people taking pictures without going out of your way while eating fast food. Park your car near the exit of the drive through, go inside and get your food, sit down where you have a great view of your car. When people leave the drive through you should get about a 10-15% bite rate so keep your phone ready to take a pic. Im compiling statistics on age, gender, race and sexual preference on who is most attracted to the vehicle, should be completed later this year if anyone's interested. It may come in handy knowing this, cant imagine why though.

The HP comment was just a "little Gaff" :)
 

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PS I have a Storm Ti too and it's one of the stealthier colors. The attention would be so much more if I chose a bold color.


-Jerry
Yep, driving a yellow one gets tons of attention. My car has caused 3 wrecks due to people looking at it & not the road. Not included in that 3 was this morning: a guy in a pickup in front of me jumped the curb at about 40 mph & ran off the road...twice. All the other accidents were rear enders. I'm not the most social person in the world & prefer to be left alone, but you learn to tolerate it. Most people are respectful. What I hate the most is parking somewhere & not being able to take off my seat belt before people swarm to take pictures. Owning a Lotus is a social experiment just as much as it is joyous to drive. I had a very young Marine that just separated approach me at Starbucks today. He was very respectful & asked to take pics, so I had no issue with him admiring the car. I would've offered him a ride, but I had to go meet my wife for dinner.

Sometimes I like messing with people after getting the same questions all the time, & as was previously mentioned they can look up the specs on the web if they really want to know. I've told people it has 600hp, goes 220mph, costs well into six figures, etc. Most people really believe it, but I don't try to BS those familiar with Lotus. I just moved & the city I'm in now has very few exotics. Even Porsches are just an occasional site here. Every Mustang & Camaro wants to show off here, which was not an issue I had in Dallas. I close on a house this Wednesday in a small town outside of Tulsa, so I'll avoid a lot of the attention once everyone gets used to seeing my car around. I try to make myself familiar with the local cops too. ;) Luckily my real estate agent's son is a Sheriff's Deputy, & I've told her to pass along the word to be nice to the guy in the yellow car. :D I hope it works!
 

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Personally, I HATE the attention but I like stylish cars so it's something I've had to put up with until I decide I just want the peace and quite that goes with a Honda Accord..in white or silver.
+1 to this. I appreciate most of the positive feedback I get, but I sometimes feel a little awkward when people out and out fawn over it.
 

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There's a growing contingent of NJ owners here. Are you picking up the car from Sports and Specialist Cars?

PS I have a Storm Ti too and it's one of the stealthier colors. The attention would be so much more if I chose a bold color.


-Jerry
Jerry - I agree, of all colors, Storm Ti is one of the more subdued colors and more my type of color. I found a yellow Evora for sale not too far from here and had to rule it out due to the color alone. So, maybe that's another 'sign'...I found a color that fits me right in my area.

The car is up at Sports and Specialists getting some things taken care of. The AC wasn't very cold when I did the test drive and they had already ordered parts for a faulty latch.
 
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