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Old 07-15-2008, 01:21 PM
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Lotus Eagle

Well, the Lotus Eagle broke cover a few days before schedule, but there's only 1 picture that I know of.

I am very disappointed with this new design - I was hoping for a radical departure from the current models which I think are absolutely hideous. I wanted to see a return to the angular design of the early Esprits which were great, but instead it just looks like a facelifted Exige/Elise. Too bad, as form the spyshots I figured it woudl be angular.

Lotus enthusiasts will probably scoff at the ABS, traction control, leather, fancy sound system, etc etc. It also has back seats, but they can be deleted if wanted.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:24 PM
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I am glad to hear you don't like it.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:27 PM
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I, personally, love it. I think it looks really nice, it should drive well, and i think it's much better than the Europa...

I believe Lotus should be allowed one grown-up car for those who adore Lotus and always have, but can't put up with the relentlessly hardcore nature they are famous for - meaning people don't need to buy 2 cars, but can have one they enjoy all the time.

If the Elise or Exige were diluted to these levels, I'd agree with the Lotus fans who may detest the existence of this car, but I think it's the right car for Lotus.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:33 PM
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I am glad to hear you don't like it.
I'm glad you're glad.

Why don't you ever say this to Ferrer?
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:41 PM
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Looks pretty good...I like it and the very similar looking Artega GT.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:56 PM
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It looks like a kit car...
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:15 PM
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I can't see where the back seats will be.

And I think it looks rather bad.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:19 PM
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i think it looks the way it should. if it'd have different style, lotus clients wouldn't go for it. if it was more refined/sublimed/exotic or whatever else, it'd need to survive competition of lamborghinis/porsches/ferraris, and as i assume it wouldn't stand a chance. so designers found their own way and keep with it
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:34 PM
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Am liking it ... can't wait to see it in the flesh.
Lotus have traditionally ALWAYS had a 'family/comfort' car.
It's a modern myth that they only do lightweight sports cars
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:44 PM
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I can't see where the back seats will be.

And I think it looks rather bad.
The back seats are probably in theory only, just like the 911.

I don't think it's ugly, but it's just bland. The Elise looks like an angry insect, and this just looks like a bigger, more mellow version of it. Nothing wrong with that, just more boring. But probably still fast. Where is the engine supposed to be then...? Probably the front?
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:46 PM
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It's better looking than Europa S/SE.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:48 PM
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Definitely, the Europa is as exciting as a marshmallow in looks.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:54 PM
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I think it looks good definitely needs to be in a different color though.
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:04 PM
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Looking pretty much as expected.

Smiley-face grille? Check.
Air-ducts on bonnet? Check.
Lots of round lines? Check.
Can't see the back, but assuming it'll have four round tail-lights? Check.

I'm kind of relieved to see it has less of a Proton touch than the Europa, but still a bit disappointed for more-or-less the same reasons as Kitdy.

I'm hoping the upcoming Esprit replacement will be something fresh and exciting looks-wise.


How many special editions are we to expect of this particular car? Judging from the Elise, one every month?
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:15 PM
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I can't see where the back seats will be.

And I think it looks rather bad.
Having seen the first pic, I totally agree. The wheels are too small proportionally and the back of the car isn't as big as it should be.

The Farboud is far sexier
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