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USA/Canada Delivery Thread

Well written.
I am a millennial and I grew up thinking DCT is the KING. DCT is fast, cool, and have been used in motorsports. My dream cars all have motorsports or F1 derived engines and gearboxes and claim "telepathic" shifting logic. However, when I really get into sport driving or racing, regardless what kind of gearbox, I shift only with my own logic. I love a manual gearbox because I can take control of the car, not the other way around. And I prefer a manual over sequential or DCT paddle shift because I love a challenge. Driving a manual car is a sport as much as an art. Manual cars can differentiate great drivers from good drivers. I can sense the respect from people I meet at track days when they know I have a manual and they cannot keep up with my pace in similar cars. That is rewarding and I know the car can only take part of the credit.
Why I love manual? Because that stick makes me think for the car and as a car.

Nothing like driving with both your hands and both of your feet. A well executed series of brake, shifts, steering and gas and back and forth is truly satisfying. Feels more like an event driving the car and sometimes you feel like you actually know what you're doing.

I think the DCT/auto group is either - I want a GT car or I want max performance. Nothing wrong with either. DCT is unquestionably more efficient in racing situations.
 
Nothing like driving with both your hands and both of your feet. A well executed series of brake, shifts, steering and gas and back and forth is truly satisfying. Feels more like an event driving the car and sometimes you feel like you actually know what you're doing.

I think the DCT/auto group is either - I want a GT car or I want max performance. Nothing wrong with either. DCT is unquestionably more efficient in racing situations.
Taking Delivery today. 912 days, and it's almost over.
 
I can honestly say that I have never stopped, walked around a cool car, poked my head in the window and said, " Hey, Look honey, It's a manual". I thnk most of us don't give a rat's a$$ whether somebody else drives a manual, auto, DCT, or electric.

As long as you are not in my lane, I don't car what you drive. Either way, move aside, I'm passing you.
 
Nothing like driving with both your hands and both of your feet.

My dealer told me, "This is why left foot braking was invented" when I said my stick was more fun than my PDK. He was right. #Save the Auto
 
FWIW, I waited almost 2 years from deposit to (today’s) delivery. My V6 manual landed in Baltimore May 24 and arrived at the Calgary dealer June 4, so fairly quick delivery from port. My dealer said they usually get 24 hours advance notice of the transport truck arrival, but they were actually told 2 days before delivery of my vehicle. I’m told there’s no battery tender with car (on back order) so I’ll get it later. In case anyone was wondering, it comes with the yellow/black wheel center caps and nose badge. Apparently they all do, in spite of someone at Lotus supposedly saying awhile ago, Lotus was thinking of switching to black/silver emblems to match the steering wheel. I’m typing this while on a 3-hour bus ride to Calgary for p/u. Too bad it’s raining but that hasn’t dampened my excitement!
 
I can honestly say that I have never stopped, walked around a cool car, poked my head in the window and said, " Hey, Look honey, It's a manual". I thnk most of us don't give a rat's a$$ whether somebody else drives a manual, auto, DCT, or electric.

As long as you are not in my lane, I don't car what you drive. Either way, move aside, I'm passing you.
That’s funny. I have literally done this before, many times. But hey I’m not knocking PDK. It’s a preference and use case thing.
 
@Nova can you see Atlantic Sea manifest from today's arrival?

Anyone else have manifest access?
 
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After two years, I finally got my car! It came with a lot of frustration after learning that their air conditioner was not blowing cold and a scratched up rim. They ended up swapping out the rim for a new one and was able to fix the air conditioner the next day. In all my excitement of receiving the car I failed to double check the rims again. To my surprise, there were scratches on the front rim as well.

I know there’s a checklist out there upon what to look for when taking delivery I wouldn’t encourage everyone to do their due diligence with at least the air conditioner and rims before driving out of the dealership. I also noticed that the hood bonnet had disproportionate gaps from one side to the other.

My sales person said to write a list so I could bring it to their attention at the 1000 mile Service.

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I haven’t had a chance to enjoy the car because I am getting it PPF over the next week. I know I have an amazing future with her moving forward.
 
Has anybody had their PPF done at Lotus North Jersey? Trying to get a read on the quality of the work?
Ray's guy that he brought in initially did my car first. STEK, bulk install (not from template) and he hid the edges really well in my opinion. only two seams that I could find, on the lower portion of the front bumper at the base of the two middle vertical struts. I'm travelling but will take a pic when I'm home. The seams there don't bother me at all, but it's subjective. I don't know if Ray is still using the same guy. I paid at least 1k less because after the installer did my car he said he would have to charge more going forward. There are two bubbles that haven't cleared (I don't park in the sun much yet) and if they don't clear out by the end of the summer I'll have him replace those two areas. But the doors are seamless, which I was really happy with, and he included some ppf on the black intake and exit areas around the rear wheels. Oh, and he removed the badges and letters so the ppf is underneath. Make sure you ask for that with Ray, otherwise it might not happen by default. All in all I was satisfied. and more importantly I was 100% sure Ray would make it right if I wasn't.
 
FWIW, I waited almost 2 years from deposit to (today’s) delivery. My V6 manual landed in Baltimore May 24 and arrived at the Calgary dealer June 4, so fairly quick delivery from port. My dealer said they usually get 24 hours advance notice of the transport truck arrival, but they were actually told 2 days before delivery of my vehicle. I’m told there’s no battery tender with car (on back order) so I’ll get it later. In case anyone was wondering, it comes with the yellow/black wheel center caps and nose badge. Apparently they all do, in spite of someone at Lotus supposedly saying awhile ago, Lotus was thinking of switching to black/silver emblems to match the steering wheel. I’m typing this while on a 3-hour bus ride to Calgary for p/u. Too bad it’s raining but that hasn’t dampened my excitement!
I'm coming up on 2years since deposit and I was told probably another year. lol. wtf.
 
Gotta love dealer games... :rolleyes: Let's see if it will sell with their ADM.
I don't think it's 'games'. I bought at Eurocar and they were stand up. I think it's unreasonable for anyone to expect to pay 1.0 sticker at this point walking on the lot (frankly Id be a little peaved since I paid 2.0.MSRP after 2 and a half years)
 
I don't think it's 'games'. I bought at Eurocar and they were stand up. I think it's unreasonable for anyone to expect to pay 1.0 sticker at this point walking on the lot (frankly Id be a little peaved since I paid 2.0.MSRP after 2 and a half years)
I never expected to pay MSRP for an orphaned car but that is what Zach told me end of April. I was very excited/surprised. That changed as of last weekend. No specific reason given. Had pricing been transparent, or at least consistent from the start, then I would have nothing to complain about. I wouldn’t have even pulled my credit. I would have simply passed and continued wait for my allocation at base. Don’t advertise a price then change it up later on. Not a good look.
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