They did. The drivable gray car that Jenson Button drove had a height that's more representative of a streetable road car. You got fixated on the non-running blue car which was a concept studio model. If you look at any concept show car, they always have that lowered look with big wheels because the designers like it, and they know people like it. Those things are just for the concept cars, they don't make it to production because regulations require certain things meet standards that concept cars don't meet.That's fine and dandy... they should have showed it that way from the beginning then. They advertised something never intended... that's my point.
Out of curiosity, why wouldn't you just get an Evora if looks are just a bonus? I'm almost certain the Evora GT is going to be the better "raw, driver's car" than the FE.Maybe I’m in the minority, but it could have the ride height of a Subaru Outback as long as it handles like a better Evora I’m all in. I’ve always considered the looks of this car to be a bonus.
With that said, we have not seen production cars. I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and just wait for official info. I know many are frustrated about the pace of it, but I have to believe they have their reasons for waiting. I’m still on track to get it faster than 3 of the 4 other cars I’ve ordered in the past decade.
Lastly, if the car does get delivered with a bit of extra ride height, the aftermarket will certainly address it. I wouldn’t want to mess with Lotus’ suspension tuning personally but if you value looks over handling maybe your calculations are different.
“Bait and switch” feels pretty dramatic for a bit of extra ride height. I’d understand that sort of language if they backtracked and said automatic transmission only, deposits non-refundable. It’s not feasible to swap transmissions and that would totally change the experience.
We don't know what the history of the car shown at Melbourne was. It looks like it just came off the line, so it may be sitting higher due to not settling in. The gray roadshow car had a lot of miles on it and plenty of time for it all to settle in. If Lotus had the car flown in, they would have set it up for transport which often includes putting spacers in the springs to keep the car from bottoming out on the suspension stops. If they forget to remove those, that makes the car sit higher than it's supposed to, but even if they remove them, the car still has to settle back in.I'm fine with the grey roadshow car above... seen it in the flesh. I'm not fine with the latest round of preproduction cars floating around with three finger gap. Including the Melbourne Seneca car.
The Lotus guys in Melbourne stated that it looks like a larger gap that is intended for production. I was under the impression that the SB car was built at least 8 weeks ago and production has moved on. So perhaps it will be lower when the final cars roll of the line. The SC Melbourne car (shown in pic) is going to be crushed.Well it is the latest/newest round of cars floating around.
Yeah… you guys are right. I think I’m more disappointed on the stance/suspension set up… that is where my bait and switch comment stems from. Configurator uses the imagery from the Seneca show car… which is lower and wider. No where near production. The show car looked exotic and it’s what sold many. Then the truth slowly leaks out. They should have never shown something they never intended to hit production.
Porsche doesn’t do this. What you see is what you get with them.
We can blame Porsche for that I think.Thanks for clarifying your position. A few months ago someone suggested they should have given the suspension setups different names than Touring and Sport. I forgot what names were suggested but Sport & Dynamic, Sport & Track, Chill & Thrill, anything IMO would be better than Touring and Sport. This first thing Gavan does is describe Touring as still competent on the track. Well, then don't call it Touring. Touring sounds like a sports sedan or something.
Anyway, I don't mind a little wheel gap. Anyone else with me?
Out of curiosity, why wouldn't you just get an Evora if looks are just a bonus? I'm almost certain the Evora GT is going to be the better "raw, driver's car" than the FE.
I was going to get the Evora GT, but then the Emira came out. I never liked the looks of the Evora. Since I really like how the Emira looks, I'm willing to trade about 5-10% of the driving dynamics for a much better looking car.
Im not sure if I had a spyder I would trade up or more likely down to an Emira. You have one of the best engines ever made in the spyder, way better than the Toyota, freeish revving to 8500/9000 and a fantastic sound and a great looking car, with plenty of space for luggage, reliable to boot. The only downside to the 718 spyder is the 6 year old interior, but otherwise I think its a better car and if it wasnt for the interior and for the car being "british" and looking great, Id have gone with a spyder.Ok, ok... bait and switch is harsh... more accurate would be misleading... and to be honest... if the preproduction ends up being the real deal and had I not had to place $15k blind not knowing... I would have been more hesitant. Coming from a 718 Spyder, the last round of cars photographed are comparable to SUV gap wise... and that's not a exaggeration.
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