Similar to the one that has existed between many Elise/Exige/Evora owners and the Europa/Esprit/Elan/7/Elite etc. Owners?As for the $150K owner parking next to the $25K used Elise, that probably explains why the new car have no trace of Lotus old styling designs. I see a rift between old and new Lotus owners in the near future.
I was actually thinking that they should swap the name tags on the Elan and Elise. The Elan looks great and ready to build, whereas the Elise seems a bit too much like a futuristic concept car.I can see a Lotus game show in the works where the name tags on the new Lotus cars are swapped and contestants are supposed to put them back correctly. It will be quite challenging.
I dunno about that - Lotus has always been "right there" with the Italian cars for being exotic, cool, whatever you want to call it. At least with the Esprit they were in the 80's/90's. My '87 Esprit is everything a similar vintage 308/328 Ferrari is, probably better in many respects. It causes just as much commotion as any Italian car and Ive yet to see anyone "disappointed" when they find out its a Lotus and not Italian.seems like the new guy wants to take lotus into lambo and ferarri territory.
to be totally honest, if I were to spend that kind of money on an exotic, no f'ing way I would buy a lotus.
give me a ferrari that has stood by it's heritage.
heritage is something that people want that dollar bracket.
What person, that just spent $150k on their new exotic lotus wants to go to pebble beach and park next to a bunch of $25k used elise's and $15k elan's?
The funny thing is that I'd take the 308 all day over the 430. The 308 is timeless, the 430 is a good looking car but is not timeless whatsoever. Go ahead and laugh at me, its OK.It's better than spending $275k on a 430 Scuderia only to park next to a $25k 308.