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Evora Convertible, under £60k = problem solved

Evora Convertible, under £60k = problem solved

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toppstuff

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11,405 posts

163 months

Saturday 9th June 2012
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IMO anyway.

A reasonable looking soft top roof, provided it is not designed by Stevie Wonder, could even make the Evora look a little less awkward from some angles.

Price it sensibly ( but charge more for options ) and with the auto option also now available, this thing would sell pretty well around the world IMO to both rich American women as a "shopping at the mall machine", Lotus enthusiasts and Asian poseurs.

Problem solved.

Just build it.

smile

justin220

3,355 posts

120 months

Saturday 9th June 2012
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I agree, can't believe they havent built it already. It'd sell really well if it was priced right.


Tuna

5,717 posts

200 months

Thursday 14th June 2012
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Some of the images people produced of a convertible Evora looked very attractive indeed. The only downside was that Lotus talked in terms of loosing the rear seats in the process, which would be a deal breaker for me.

toppstuff

Original Poster:

11,405 posts

163 months

Thursday 14th June 2012
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Tuna said:
Some of the images people produced of a convertible Evora looked very attractive indeed. The only downside was that Lotus talked in terms of loosing the rear seats in the process, which would be a deal breaker for me.
Well I guess the roof has to fold down somewhere.

bobo

1,600 posts

194 months

Friday 15th June 2012
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don't take this the wrong way but dynamically the chassis is probably good enough now, the problem is the styling. its clumsy and compromised partly because of those back seats. good from some angles then bad from others - proportionally unbalanced which is a russell carr signature anyway. and before everyone jumps down my throat this is illustrated in part by the abysmal sales numbers.

chopping the roof off wont generate significant long term sales. one of the biggest problems with the car is the styling simply doesn't appeal to those outside the frat. or some of those inside (frankly). it doesn't make you NEED to have the car, screw how much it costs.

you either produce a better car than the competition that doesn't look great or you produce something that's not as good but looks infinitely better. its one or the other.

to solve the evora enigma they should imho let coco put a completely new (aggressive) body on the car and drop those back seats, just have an iso fix bracket and bench as getting adults in the back of an evora is a total joke anyway.

if he can get it to look anything like that elan he did the global market would be kicking hethels door down for one.

what the co needs is a 3 year waiting list with the factory running 24h - evora cab will not do that.






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Tuna

5,717 posts

200 months

Friday 15th June 2012
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Have you seen the renders of the convertible? It changes the way the car looks quite dramatically.

From my own point of view, if you remove the +2 from the Evora, you've finally got me to walk away from Lotus. If I wanted a pure 2 seater experience, I'd buy an Elise or Exige, save a load of money and drive away happy. I've done the Elise, and now want a car that has grown with me - which means being able to at least have a nod towards family life.


bobo

1,600 posts

194 months

Friday 15th June 2012
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tuna haven't seen them, put them up if you can smile

i agree on the two seater bit BUT its compromised the evora imho... my point was keep some sort of v basic bench at the rear for kids only because beyond that as it stands it appears quite useless.


bakes

45 posts

144 months

Friday 6th July 2012
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The Evora had great reviews but Lotus over priced it and it didn't sell. A convertible would be very popular at the right price point with with the excellent new Boxster S at £45k with much better build quality there's no way they could justify more.

£45k and it will sell in bucket loads - reduce the coupe price in the process too.

Come on Lotus - get realistic - the high price hasn't worked, worth a try, but you make great cars and deserve to be selling more than 81 cars.

I would buy a convertible one at £45k.

Junglehop

363 posts

104 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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put the new elan body on the evora... problem solved:




Hedgerley

602 posts

184 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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The Evora convertible has been designed and I understand signed off. The business just needs to stack up for them to build it. Fingers crossed.

The Esprit has been developed with a convertible very much in mind. Again I understand the design is finalised but its now about the DRB review and the business case.

Everything else is now crossed....





Edited by Hedgerley on Saturday 7th July 14:05


Edited by Hedgerley on Saturday 7th July 14:06

bobo

1,600 posts

194 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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yep

Junglehop said:
put the new elan body on the evora... problem solved:

bobo

1,600 posts

194 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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its actually starting to look dated imho ... needs a complete overhaul not just the roof chopped off.

Hedgerley said:
The Evora convertible has been designed and I understand signed off. The business just needs to stack up for them to build it. Fingers crossed.

The Esprit has been developed with a convertible very much in mind. Again I understand the design is finalised but its now about the DRB review and the business case.

Everything else is now crossed....





Edited by Hedgerley on Saturday 7th July 14:05


Edited by Hedgerley on Saturday 7th July 14:06

Tuna

5,717 posts

200 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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bobo said:
Its actually starting to look dated imho ... needs a complete overhaul not just the roof chopped off.
Actually, I think the Evora is growing into it's skin quite nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing the convertible.


bobo

1,600 posts

194 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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that gte is just plain maxpower crass imho ... subjective i know

Tuna said:
Actually, I think the Evora is growing into it's skin quite nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing the convertible.

justin220

3,355 posts

120 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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bakes said:
The Evora had great reviews but Lotus over priced it and it didn't sell. A convertible would be very popular at the right price point with with the excellent new Boxster S at £45k with much better build quality there's no way they could justify more.

£45k and it will sell in bucket loads - reduce the coupe price in the process too.

Come on Lotus - get realistic - the high price hasn't worked, worth a try, but you make great cars and deserve to be selling more than 81 cars.

I would buy a convertible one at £45k.
Em, the Evora S costs around £70k with the right options, the Roadster is only going to be higher.

Even the Exige costs more than £45k. At least be realistic

Tuna

5,717 posts

200 months

Saturday 7th July 2012
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justin220 said:
Em, the Evora S costs around £70k with the right options, the Roadster is only going to be higher.

Even the Exige costs more than £45k. At least be realistic
Don't perpetuate the high price claims people make of the Evora. I know what you mean, but the 'S starts at a shade under £63K.

That said, you're right - the convertible is going to be significantly more than £45K.

justin220

3,355 posts

120 months

Sunday 8th July 2012
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What do you mean? The one I test drove was £72k.


schrodinger

158 posts

106 months

Sunday 8th July 2012
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Tuna said:
Actually, I think the Evora is growing into it's skin quite nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing the convertible.

Wub

Frimley111R

7,598 posts

150 months

Tuesday 10th July 2012
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schrodinger said:
Tuna said:
Actually, I think the Evora is growing into it's skin quite nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing the convertible.

Wub
Wrong! Its DOUBLE Wub hehe

CountZero23

961 posts

94 months

Tuesday 25th September 2012
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bakes said:
The Evora had great reviews but Lotus over priced it and it didn't sell. A convertible would be very popular at the right price point with with the excellent new Boxster S at £45k with much better build quality there's no way they could justify more.
Agreed.

The Evora is not far off 911 money and Porsche nearly went under when that was all they were selling. It took the Boxter to turn things around for them.

While Lotus does have the Elise, Exige and Europa none of them have the broad appeal that the Boxter has. While they are all excellent drivers cars they don't mix practicality and performance in such a balanced way.

I would love to buy an Evora as while it is a great drivers car is still practical for everyday use.

If the convertible version of the Evora was priced low enough to be as affordable as the Boxter then it could really turn things around.

Porsche do this with the Boxter / Cayman. Why can't Lotus do the same?