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#1 LazyDonkey

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:48 PM

As many of you know i sold the vx in January this year.

A real combination of factors, but the main issue was my wife really doesn't like it and as a result we went everywhere in my CTR. As such the vx was my selfish toy..... Which is an issue as I already had a motorbike! Also my job saw me darn sarf every week so it just wasn't getting used.

Anyway fast forward a few months and we've signed and sealed on a lovely house with a garage and the search is on for the replacement. Unlike the vx it would be my only car as my wife would be taking the ctr.

Short list was an xkr, Porsche cockster / gaymen and the evora. Looked at the m3 but the wife hated it and running costs were stupid. Likewise the gtr wasn't going to work as an everyday car due to the pathetic mpg and the tyres being destroyed every three seconds. Best mate has a 996 that I've driven a fair bit and enjoyed..... But the 997s in budget were getting old and I was worried about engines going bang... So they were out too.

Drove a new shape cockster s and was really really impressed ....... But even with a few toys it was 60k. Finance would take it within a few nights out of my original monthly budget... But was worried id take a bath if i had to sell within a year or so. Old shape gaymen was within budget but just give me the "want me" feeling.

So i thought..... I'll drive and evora and then try an xkr.

My local lotus dealer (Murrays in edinburgh) used to look after my vx and are brilliant guys to deal with so I went over for a chat and a drive.

Holy fcuking sh*t.

The evora basically drives like a grown up, resolved vx / elise. No banging, no crashing, no harshness..... Just gorgeous steering and amazing handling coupled with a ride the makes my CTR feel like it has no suspension at all. It felt quick too... Albeit quite long geared. Sounded good but still quite refined.

From that moment on the xkr wasn't even in the running and I asked the dealer to give me a call when a used car came in. Three weeks passed and my perfect car arrived. :D

So today I picked up an alpine white 2010 evora na with sports pack (basically a different map) tech pack (double din stereo, cruise control, subwoofer, tyre pressure sensors, reversing sensors) xenon, reversing camera and body coloured door handles (no they aren't standard!)
Basically my car is missing premium leather (so no fabric at all and a choice of colours), short ratio box and loud exhaust. None of which I thought I'd miss. Car has done 30k and comes with a one year warranty.

Man maths says it won't deprecate much, it will return high 20s mpg and will be a safer place to put my cash than in most other cars...... This may prove to be a pile of stinking poo.

As I moved house yesterday (kinda got a bit impatient waiting for the car) and picked up the evora today so I've only done 70 miles but I'm grinning like an idiot.

It looks amazing, Mrs donkey loves it and it's just a fantastic place to be..... I keep saying it but compared to an elise chassis (I got a lift over in my mates s1) everything just feels so much less effort but the thrills are still there when you want them.

So enough chat...... Here it is..... We even went to currys is in!

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Will update this thread if people are interested in running costs / reliability etc

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:57 PM

I really don't like you ;)

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:12 PM

Nice one LD.....too many bloody lotus owners on here now :lol:

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:12 PM

Lovely, but do you think you'll keep it as long as you kept your VX?

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:15 PM

Nice one LD.....too many bloody lotus owners on here now :lol:

burn them sorry I meant seloc.org? :P

Edited by 2GOOD, 28 June 2014 - 10:15 PM.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:16 PM

Looks lovely. Got our first little one coming at the end of the year, so the VX has just been sold. I'll have to start saving up the pennies for one of these lol

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:17 PM

Love it! My mate's sister went from an Exige S to the exact same car, brilliant. It feels just like a normal car when pootling about, but then it just handles when required...awesome! Sounds great too, something that is really missing from the Z22/Z20 in the VX. Looking forward to updates thumbsup

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:17 PM

Nice.

 



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:17 PM

This it wat I'd love but it have be a cat d

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:53 PM

Lovely, but do you think you'll keep it as long as you kept your VX?

Probably not but that's a lifestage thing as much as anything else. I was 29 when I bought the vx and im 39 now! No kids yet but if / when they turn up the evora might be in trouble! Thank you everyone for your kind words - still sneaking a look at it every now and then and still can't believe it's mine

Edited by LazyDonkey, 28 June 2014 - 10:54 PM.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 05:45 AM

Lovely, but do you think you'll keep it as long as you kept your VX?

Probably not but that's a lifestage thing as much as anything else. I was 29 when I bought the vx and im 39 now!
Ha! 38 when I bought my first VX... ... :( 50 now

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:31 AM

Bastard. End.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:02 AM

Great choice. Be interested in reading updates with how you get on. I've often wondered if it's actually possible to get a human in those rear seats?

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:09 AM

Wouldn't say no

 

Test drove one, loved it but at the time 60k was silly money 



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:46 AM

Lovely, but do you think you'll keep it as long as you kept your VX?

Probably not but that's a lifestage thing as much as anything else. I was 29 when I bought the vx and im 39 now! No kids yet but if / when they turn up the evora might be in trouble! Thank you everyone for your kind words - still sneaking a look at it every now and then and still can't believe it's mine
Kids don't need to be the end of fun cars. I bought and supercharged my second vx when the twins were 18months old. Having had a mk3 mx5 when they were born. They're now 3 and a half!

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:00 AM

Lovely car, very jealous



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 12:30 PM

Very lovely.. Its a very similar car I've been considering myself, as it just seems to tick all the boxes I could want - almost VX / Elise handling, enough power / speed to have fun but not excessive, great suspension compromise, excellent brakes, a nice V6 soundtrack, sufficiently reasonably economic to run / maintain, rare and great to look at..

 

Its even acceptable in white.. You just need black mirrors and the black side skirt bits (like the SR) IMO - gives it that pinched in waist look..

 

Anyway, as above, bar steward.. :)



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 12:38 PM

Good buy :thumbsup:



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:14 PM

Lurvely!

 

Be interested to hear how you get on.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:21 PM

Nice :)






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