Maybe it's just me, but I think the Cayman is the more appropriate competitor from Germany. I had an 06 Cayman S and feel the cars have more in common than they do different. Porsche wins in livability, cargo capacity, dealer network, and gearbox. Lotus wins in curb appeal and is more fun on the track. That's enough for me, for now, to prefer the Lotus.
I would agree that the Cayman is the closest Porsche competitor to the Evora, but my experience differs from your assessment. The Evora S wins in handling, performance, appearance, reliability, and dealer service. The 981S wins in the gearbox, interior fit and finish, and the ability to put the top down.I think the nearest Porsche (in terms of driving feel) is the new Cayman or Boxster. These drive much nicer than the 911 in my opinion and in S trim have good performance too.
That doesn't really differ from my assessment, though I was comparing a 987 CaymanS to a NA Evora. Agreed that the Evora out handles the Porsche, or at least feels like it does. I specifically enjoy the way the car interacts with you at/near the limit when compared to the Porsche. I have yet to have a good experience with a Lotus dealer, but that's another story. The Lotus so far hasn't proven a very reliable car, but that's to be expected when there are so few and they are hand made. Like I said initially, to me, the curb appeal and fun factor in the Lotus driving experience make the rest of it worth it to me.I would agree that the Cayman is the closest Porsche competitor to the Evora, but my experience differs from your assessment. The Evora S wins in handling, performance, appearance, reliability, and dealer service. The 981S wins in the gearbox, interior fit and finish, and the ability to put the top down.
Add German view. Average age of Porsche drivers is only exceeded by Mercedes Diesel. Main advantage of the latter is that it is also available as a funeral transport.my non Porsche Europe view. Porsche is for old men. Normally those who do not know too much about mechanics, or should i say little. Lotus is for those who do not mind getting ones hand dirty.
For me they are both cars, get you from A - B. Just personally again my n=1 view by the time i am old enough to drive one 45 I would probably opt for a chauffeur, so why bother.
But thats a French, swiss view so maybe others feel otherwise
Thanks for the info, I purchased a new 2013 S IPS.I found this digging through the Evora forum:
Thanks for posting this up. Reminds my of 7 or so years ago when we took delivery of the Elise just before Christmas. Enjoy!Thanks for the info, I purchased a new 2013 S IPS.
I looked at the porsche it was nicer, more expensive and more polished everywhere, i mean everywhere. It drove nice and you felt great driving it.
After that i went to drive the new vette, walked into the showroom, the car was locked as if it was royalty. As i walked around it and looked inside the interior was VERY COOL!, then i backed up and walked around the car. I started to have visions of that transformer movie, that yellow car that turns into a robot. I backed up, looked back and forth and around the whole car. This yellow vette looked like a giant plastic yellow child's toy with sharp and rounded edges that DID NOT look right or proportioned. Maybe a different color would have looked better but i would not enjoy that car, it wouldn't matter how fast it was etc. I didnt even want to test drive it and didn't.
Now my impression today (when my car was delivered) was all big SMILES. I didn't get "SMILES" with the Porsche, and got a WTF? with the vette. Driving the Evora feels unique or maybe because it is more unique. I pulled up to a cross street and the first car drove by me stopped 50 yards down the street and pulled over to look back and watch the car pull out and drive away. I didn't buy the car to get a reaction, rather i got the same reaction. Is the car well put together? No, it doesn't appear so, its not junk either. Its like Chinese/German? The center armrest needs to be glued on, somebody pulled it to hard (maybe i did?) it seems, things like that might happen from time to time. Its put together a lot like a Polaris razor/a quality ride on lawn mower/bayliner cabin cruiser boat with some very quality looking components. It DRIVES GREAT, Looks UNREAL and does not feel cheap in any way while driving or casual close up. All this weirdness just fits together,i really like this unique car so far.