Evora - whatโ€™s what?

Evora - whatโ€™s what?

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CABC

4,289 posts

69 months

Thursday 25th February
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AndyGT430 said:
No worries at all, think I am on my 5th car from Jamie at B&C now! I've got a new Emira ordered (Type 131) from him too.
what can you tell us? is it a Merc 4 pot and same Toyo V6? are they both longitudinal?
hydraulic steering?

AndyGT430

52 posts

7 months

Friday 26th February
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Sorry, I cant say. I posted a few comments about what I have ordered on a different thread and got a b*ll*cking from Jamie who has a massive one from Lotus - ironically it wasn't him that told me!! Sorry Jamie!! Maybe we will see some spy shots very soon and maybe they will launch it at Goodwood Festival, who knows!!!

Brinyan

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285 posts

61 months

Saturday 17th April
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Bringing this up to date. I visited Bell & Colvill earlier this week & drove an Exige 350 & Evora 400 IPS. Due to social distancing, Jamie (good bloke) couldn’t accompany me, so went out on my own. Went in the Exige first, which was as I’d hoped. I drove a V6s a couple of years back, so knew what to expect & wasn’t disappointed - very intense, quick, responsive & alive. Then drove the Evora, which felt so refined after the Exige. Evora was very easy to drive & confidence inspiring immediately. Didn’t feel as alive or quick, but was very fluid & the gearbox was great - I would personally want a manual, but the changes were very quick & criticisms of the changes & ratios must come from those that haven’t tried it.
I drove home in my 996 Turbo, which felt a bit ‘dead’ after the Lotus drives, which I had expected. The 996 would leave the Evora convincingly on a straight road, but throw in a few bends & twisty sections & the Lotus would leave the 996 & those drives are the ones that are the most enjoyable.
I honestly preferred my time in the Exige though the Evora would suit my requirements better.
I’ve been left trying to convince myself that I can make the Exige work for me.
Jamie at Bell & Colvill was very helpful, straightforward to talk to & welcoming.
I’m hoping I’ll be heading back there at some point when I’ve decided what to do.

CABC

4,289 posts

69 months

Saturday 17th April
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Brinyman - that's very well put.
any chance you could run the Exige and upgrade later to an Evora if better suited? sure it'll cost more in switching, but you'll have had both the heart and the head choices then. Evora probably is the 'better' choice but if you always held that niggling doubt about missing the Exige....

Brinyan

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285 posts

61 months

Saturday 17th April
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Yes, that’s probably the best bet - sensible even!! Go for an Exige, then swap to an Evora if needed.

paul n

197 posts

137 months

Sunday 9th May
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Brinyan said:
Bringing this up to date. I visited Bell & Colvill earlier this week & drove an Exige 350 & Evora 400 IPS. Due to social distancing, Jamie (good bloke) couldn’t accompany me, so went out on my own. Went in the Exige first, which was as I’d hoped. I drove a V6s a couple of years back, so knew what to expect & wasn’t disappointed - very intense, quick, responsive & alive. Then drove the Evora, which felt so refined after the Exige. Evora was very easy to drive & confidence inspiring immediately. Didn’t feel as alive or quick, but was very fluid & the gearbox was great - I would personally want a manual, but the changes were very quick & criticisms of the changes & ratios must come from those that haven’t tried it.
I drove home in my 996 Turbo, which felt a bit ‘dead’ after the Lotus drives, which I had expected. The 996 would leave the Evora convincingly on a straight road, but throw in a few bends & twisty sections & the Lotus would leave the 996 & those drives are the ones that are the most enjoyable.
I honestly preferred my time in the Exige though the Evora would suit my requirements better.
I’ve been left trying to convince myself that I can make the Exige work for me.
Jamie at Bell & Colvill was very helpful, straightforward to talk to & welcoming.
I’m hoping I’ll be heading back there at some point when I’ve decided what to do.
How was the ride on the exige compared to the Evora? One of the great things for me about the Evora is the incredible ride/ bump control which gives such confidence and ability to enjoy it in all weathers. Interested to hear what the exige is like compared?

Cheers p

Brinyan

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285 posts

61 months

Tuesday 11th May
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It was dry when I drove the Evora & Exige & probably just half an hour or so in each, back to back. The Evora had a fantastic ride, felt refined & can imagine it would inspire confidence whatever the weather. The Exige felt more alive, noisier & focused. It was comfortable, but would emphasise bumps & road surface changes, that the Evora would just dial out. Both have a different level of feel to the 996.

djmoore

8 posts

105 months

Tuesday 11th May
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Brinyan said:
I’ve had a 996 Turbo for about 6 years. It’s been great, but am keen to change & have the urge for a Lotus. When restrictions are eased, I hope to get to Bell & Colvill to take a look at options. For now, looking at Evoras, can anyone just confirm the models (past & present). From what I know, was it a normally aspirated v6, followed by v6s (supercharged), then v6 400 , followed by models out of my price range (upto £45/50k) - 410 & 430?
Also, anyone come from a 996 to Evora? Cheers
Yes, I went from a 996TT to Evora S and haven’t regretted it in the slightest. I thought I’d miss the extra performance of the TT but, whilst slightly slower and lower in power, the Evora’s far more fun to drive and gives yet more confidence through the corners. The 996 was also ruinously expensive and unreliable and has put me off owning another Porsche, I simply don’t buy the “better engineered/everyday supercar” argument. Aside from a new rad and water ingress, I think the Evora’s far more reliable and fun to drive, rarer, looks better (subjective, admittedly) and is a more left-field choice; who wants to follow the crowd anyway? Parts availability on the Evora can be shockingly low/slow, though, so don’t prang it!

BertBert

15,253 posts

179 months

Tuesday 11th May
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I've done the B&C test drive (thanks Jamie) thing quite a lot. I've driven the Exige and the Evora back to back in the dry. Then on another occasion the Evora in the torrential rain. Then most recently a 410 IPS to re-acquaint myself.

So on the back to back. the Exige marked itself out as more urgent. more alive in the bends and just more kick ass.
But the Evora was no slouch and pretty alive, maybe not quite as raw as the Exige.

Then to the Evora in the rain. Oh my oh my. That's in the Captain Beefheart sense (for us oldies). What a revelation. And it was really wet, but the Evora just conquered it all and gave far more pace than could ever make sense.

And then to the IPS in the dry most recently. What a revelation. How could a slushbox auto work so well? Well it just does. Fast precise handling, lovely blippy downshift and upshifts that are quick and precise.

And to the point, is the Exige a better driver's car? Well it's a bit sharper and perhaps more brusque, but no, I'll call it. The Evora drives better than the Exige.

That's the car for me.

Time for a lie down.
Bert

paul n

197 posts

137 months

Thursday 13th May
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Had a great runout in my Evora tonight, drove down in torrential rain to meet my friend, it cleared up snd we had a great drive on a great mixture of roads! The car really is incredible!! NA engine with BOE and sports exhaust a perfect combo for fast b/ a roads 👌 I don’t know why people would want more power than that! I wouldn’t have taken the caterham out in that weather and would have missed the great drive! Whist I was down at my mates I drove his dad cayman GTS, lovely car but steering not a patch on the lotus but it did sound good at the top end! 👍