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4C versus Lotus Evora 400

After reading a recent Autoweek mag about the Evora 400, I decided that I would probably think about choosing one of those over the 4C if I were to buy such a car, most likely because it comes with a nice 6 speed manual transmission, with the same 0-60 time (~4.1 sec), and similar out the door final price. Plus, the Toyota engine could be services in a great many more locations. Granted, the 4C does weigh ~500 lbs less, but also less hp.

This is without having driven either of them of course, but my impression is that the ride would be similar, with perhaps a slightly better driver vehicle interaction in the Evora.

Has anyone tried comparing the two in testing?

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After reading a recent Autoweek mag about the Evora 400, I decided that I would probably think about choosing one of those over the 4C if I were to buy such a car, most likely because it comes with a nice 6 speed manual transmission, with the same 0-60 time (~4.1 sec), and similar out the door final price. Plus, the Toyota engine could be services in a great many more locations. Granted, the 4C does weigh ~500 lbs less, but also less hp.

This is without having driven either of them of course, but my impression is that the ride would be similar, with perhaps a slightly better driver vehicle interaction in the Evora.

Has anyone tried comparing the two in testing?
I had a 2010 Exige S and I've driven the 350 Evora. In both cases the shift linkage is an abomination. The later cars, like mine, were better than the older ones but the linkage was the weak point of the cars. The Evora also offers an "Intelligent" automatic, but it has a torque converter, not two clutches. On the plus side the Evora handling is better than the 4C (not as good as the Exige S).
Test drive both before choosing. BTW the Evora 400 is $100+K before tax & license, that's significantly more than the 4C.

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A couple of months ago there was a new Evora leaving the C&C and I was behind him. I tried to get him to do a comparison (i.e. friendly race) but he didn't want to play at all...

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I was looking further at the Evora, and I agree that it is not as good in many respects, and costs more. Looks nicer, though, IMO.

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I wouldn't put too much stake in what the reporters say about cars. Just because they do/don't like a car doesn't mean you will/won't. Had I have believed the reports about the 4C, I never would have even gone to look at it. D**m I love my 4C. Not saying the new Lotus won't be a nice car. I did see a few at a car show recently. But never even heard it run. Would be a nice comparison though. Apples to apples, so to speak.

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I owned two Evoras, I've also owned a Cayman S, all of which have seen track time. Alas, I've only sat in a 4c. The Evoras are great cars but to me, they're more comparable to the Cayman and less to the 4c. They are livable on a daily basis and reasonably easy to get in and out of. I couldn't imagine getting my 6' 190lb frame into the 4c on a morning after a hard workout at the gym, I just don't think I fold that way. I think the better Lotus analog is the Exige/Elise.

I agree with the comment that the gearbox is the weakness on the Evora but some good fluid in there was a big help in smoothing it out. And in the end, it does its job.

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