My passion for McLaren's super-cars is deep but my confidence in the company got shook this year: McLaren almost went bankrupt and was rescued at the last minute by financing from the government bank of Bahrain. Yes, Bahrain, the Kingdom in the Persian Gulf. That dampened my enthusiasm for purchasing an expensive, long-term product from the company. I need a manufacturer to be around in a decade when I need new parts.
The other obvious option is Porsche 911. I acknowledge, as I must, that Porsche is one of the finest cars ever made. Superbly engineered, super-reliable. But... it just doesn't excite me. I'm not attracted to its design. And the car is so common: I see a dozen every day. Boring.
So, what's left?
Lotus. A company in England that hand-crafts a small number of exotic sports cars. Lotus has racing pedigree and history in Formula One competition.
Lotus automobiles are truly exotic: fewer than 300 are sold in North America. In my lifetime, I've only seen one of the road -- and I live in a neighborhood where Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris pass by daily.
The model I'm going to buy is the 2021 Evora GT. Its high price may seem an indulgence but, compared to Lotus' new Evija, the car is a bargain: the Evija costs $2.3 Million.
Why am I choosing Lotus? Read these reviews and you'll see how well it suits me:
Car & Driver: "It's a special machine for the hard core. Alive in your hands. Analog in a digital world. And we mean that in the best possible sense."
Automobile: "The Evora GT is no somber experience, rather being a carnival of speed and noise....The Porsche is talented and the Corvette C8 should be as well, but nothing drives like a Lotus....The new Evora GT may be a little irrational and a little expensive, but driving it is one of the few unique experiences left in our rapidly digital motoring world."
Jalopnik: "The Evora GT is a track weapon that fits into most overhead storage bins and happens to be street legal....The car’s a little rough around the edges, unforgiving, and effectively the gold standard of truly extreme driver-focused performance."
Jalopnik: "It’s not meant for the masses, really. It’s for a very specific kind of buyer, someone who appreciates the craftsmanship at work here and doesn’t want to be in something as ubiquitous as a Porsche."
The Lotus can do 188 mph and, yes, it has a stick. As soon as it arrives, I'll give you a ride. You can come with me on a sedate cruise through the neighborhood or a wild adventure at the track (NJ Motorsports). Oh, and I'm naming the car "Bitcoin." :)