Bit of Chris Harris

Lankan

Emira Fanatic
Joined
Aug 8, 2021
Messages
391
Reaction score
385
Location
London
Now that would be an interesting watch...look forward to seeing CH having a go in the Emira (plus the GT4 RS and GMA T50).
 
OP
Leonard

Leonard

Emira Aficionado
Joined
Jul 21, 2021
Messages
3,694
Reaction score
4,697
Location
Derbyshire UK
  • Thread Starter
  • Thread starter
  • #4
Yes. I found it interesting that at the end, out of all the cars they talked about, the one he's the most interested in driving next year is the Emira.
You can't blame him, be the most fun!
 

EspritGuy

Emira Addict
Joined
Aug 14, 2021
Messages
1,807
Reaction score
2,459
Location
DFW
Emira Status
Emira Owner
You can't blame him, be the most fun!
He opens expressing high interest in the Emira ( first 2 minutes) and ends with the thing he is most interested in, going to Hethel to drive the Lotus. Could there be any more interest in this car?
Thanks for the post.
 

ksegg

Emira Fanatic
Joined
Dec 9, 2021
Messages
333
Reaction score
510
Location
Atlanta, United States
Bang on.

For years I've been feeling that German performance cars have just become so steadily.....boring. Too tech focused, too luxury focused, electric everything - suffice to say they're all focused on everything except what matters.

I think Lotus is continuing to do what others have simply given up on, which is just to make a new "old" (traditional) sports car, and that's just what enthusiasts want.
 

TomE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Aug 10, 2021
Messages
6,427
Reaction score
14,629
Location
Surrey, UK
Emira Status
Emira on order
I wonder if he and Lotus have kissed and made up after the Evora. He wasn't invited to the Evora 400 press launch after saying some negative things about Lotus, UK manufacturers and the 400 before he'd driven it.

He is a huge fan of the Elise and Exige, plus he has a lot of coverage so fingers crossed he gets an early drive and loves it.
 

Lankan

Emira Fanatic
Joined
Aug 8, 2021
Messages
391
Reaction score
385
Location
London
I wonder if he and Lotus have kissed and made up after the Evora. He wasn't invited to the Evora 400 press launch after saying some negative things about Lotus, UK manufacturers and the 400 before he'd driven it.

He is a huge fan of the Elise and Exige, plus he has a lot of coverage so fingers crossed he gets an early drive and loves it.
Interesting. Didn't know that CH got blacklisted by Lotus. Having said that. I usually find CH's feedback very useful and can relate to, or agree with, 90% of his thoughts on whatever he is driving if I happened to either drive or purchase that particular model. As, such, I too would be very interested in CH's early feedback on the Emira V6, and hope that would be one with the manual box.
 
Last edited:

Tonyshepp

Emira Maniac
Joined
Nov 2, 2021
Messages
1,381
Reaction score
1,858
Location
Chesterfield
I wonder if he and Lotus have kissed and made up after the Evora. He wasn't invited to the Evora 400 press launch after saying some negative things about Lotus, UK manufacturers and the 400 before he'd driven it.

He is a huge fan of the Elise and Exige, plus he has a lot of coverage so fingers crossed he gets an early drive and loves it.
Im sure if top gear asked for the car to be on the, show driven by Chris, Lotus would be bending over backwards to get that global exposure.
 
OP
Leonard

Leonard

Emira Aficionado
Joined
Jul 21, 2021
Messages
3,694
Reaction score
4,697
Location
Derbyshire UK
  • Thread Starter
  • Thread starter
  • #11
I don’t agree with him about the car being old underneath the exterior. Apart from the older V6, everything about it is new, chassis included.
It's definitely an evolution of the Evora. But the tech is still modern and plenty of other manufacturers do similar and nobody even mentions it
 

Lankan

Emira Fanatic
Joined
Aug 8, 2021
Messages
391
Reaction score
385
Location
London
I don’t agree with him about the car being old underneath the exterior. Apart from the older V6, everything about it is new, chassis included.
If you haven't seen it, the discussion that ensued on Lotus Talk is an interesting read, and the evidence posted there is quite compelling:

Evora Chassis vs Emira Chassis

We know that the Emira V6 (manual) uses the same rear subframe as the Evora 4xx.
 

TomE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Aug 10, 2021
Messages
6,427
Reaction score
14,629
Location
Surrey, UK
Emira Status
Emira on order
Im sure if top gear asked for the car to be on the, show driven by Chris, Lotus would be bending over backwards to get that global exposure.
You'd like to think so and I'd hope that both of them have moved on since the Evora episode. Sadly which cars get to appear in which magazine and TV reviews isn't as simple as the manufacturer offers it or the reviewer requests it. But let's keep our fingers crossed for the Emira to be widely covered.

Here's the original article that sparked his fall out with Lotus, which does make some reasonable points but also ruffled a few feathers. Plus the tweet where he wound them up a bit more:
 

EspritGuy

Emira Addict
Joined
Aug 14, 2021
Messages
1,807
Reaction score
2,459
Location
DFW
Emira Status
Emira Owner
You'd like to think so and I'd hope that both of them have moved on since the Evora episode. Sadly which cars get to appear in which magazine and TV reviews isn't as simple as the manufacturer offers it or the reviewer requests it. But let's keep our fingers crossed for the Emira to be widely covered.

Here's the original article that sparked his fall out with Lotus, which does make some reasonable points but also ruffled a few feathers. Plus the tweet where he wound them up a bit more:
Well, that editorial had a high level of snark content. A few things might have been uncomfortably true (Bahar) during that period but it qualifies as attack journalism. That ends up being more about the writers ego than defending the reader's right to know. The same contortions happened over at Top Gear. It's a declaration of editorial independence and personal branding.. Some of us happen to believe in fairness and objectivity. And that now seems so quaint. Lotus has preservered and grown. Let's hope CH has mellowed. It's a big thing when you win over a critic.
 

Cutting42

Emira Fanatic
Joined
Jul 17, 2021
Messages
332
Reaction score
518
Location
Watford
Well, that editorial had a high level of snark content. A few things might have been uncomfortably true (Bahar) during that period but it qualifies as attack journalism. That ends up being more about the writers ego than defending the reader's right to know. The same contortions happened over at Top Gear. It's a declaration of editorial independence and personal branding.. Some of us happen to believe in fairness and objectivity. And that now seems so quaint. Lotus has preservered and grown. Let's hope CH has mellowed. It's a big thing when you win over a critic.
You should read what he said about Ferrari a few years back, puts the Evora comments in the shade and he is back praising them again.
 

Lankan

Emira Fanatic
Joined
Aug 8, 2021
Messages
391
Reaction score
385
Location
London
To be honest, I would rather CH, or any other journalist for that matter, sticks to how a particular car drives and handles, and how well it matches its intended use case or design brief, after they have actually test-driven it.

As such, I feel that the aforementioned article is a bit premature and misplaced, even though some of what was mentioned may ring true.
 

DJW

Emira Fan
Joined
Sep 29, 2021
Messages
183
Reaction score
402
Location
UK
Let’s remind ourselves how much Chris loved the V6 Exige. Silly comments re Evora 400

 

EM33RA

Emira Fan
Joined
Jul 15, 2021
Messages
234
Reaction score
366
Location
Australia
Bang on.

For years I've been feeling that German performance cars have just become so steadily.....boring. Too tech focused, too luxury focused, electric everything - suffice to say they're all focused on everything except what matters.

I think Lotus is continuing to do what others have simply given up on, which is just to make a new "old" (traditional) sports car, and that's just what enthusiasts want.
Yeah but most importantly they need to sell a shit
You'd like to think so and I'd hope that both of them have moved on since the Evora episode. Sadly which cars get to appear in which magazine and TV reviews isn't as simple as the manufacturer offers it or the reviewer requests it. But let's keep our fingers crossed for the Emira to be widely covered.

Here's the original article that sparked his fall out with Lotus, which does make some reasonable points but also ruffled a few feathers. Plus the tweet where he wound them up a bit more:
Im a Lotus owner and big fan. And everything he said was 100% true, wether he was invited or not. The company was in the shit and needed to change fast and thanks to new ownership and a strategic plan in place the changes have begun. Media in any county hide and protect their own landscape but it’s funny the one that steps out and says the truth is said to be arrogant or misguided. Besides the way the Evora drove, it was basic, sparse and cheaply put together with a very limited budget at best and yes I can talk first hand as I’ve owned 2.
 

TomE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Aug 10, 2021
Messages
6,427
Reaction score
14,629
Location
Surrey, UK
Emira Status
Emira on order
You should read what he said about Ferrari a few years back, puts the Evora comments in the shade and he is back praising them again.
The Ferrari article:
 

Johnson

Emira Fanatic
Joined
Nov 19, 2021
Messages
441
Reaction score
666
Location
Tasmania, Australia
I’m just glad it’s Chris doing the interview and not those other two Top Gear knobs. They‘ve made the show very hard to watch.
 
Top