Good news, manual-phobes: you can now order Lotus’ most powerful North American road car offering – the 2013 Lotus Evora S – with the company’s IPS six-speed automatic transmission.
Sound familiar? It should: the pairing is already on sale on Europe, and has been for a little more than a year now. Lotus even showed an Evora S IPS at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but did so only to illustrate the IPS gearbox, which joined the U.S. lineup last year. Lotus officials tell us that, at the time, it was the lone IPS-equipped car the company could get its hands on.
Although the IPS transmission was available in North American Evora models last year, it was only offered here when mated with the base 3.5-liter, 276-hp, Toyota-sourced V-6. U.S. customers can now order it with the Evora S’ supercharged 3.5-liter V-6, which produces 345 hp and 295 lb-ft.
Why roll out the Evora S IPS after it went on sale in Europe? We’re told it’s partly due to customer demand, but also that it was a conscious decision. Fearing the Evora S IPS would cannibalize Evora IPS sales, the company launched the latter first to give the normally aspirated car a chance to establish itself. We’re also told the staggered launch allows Lotus to roll out new product in both model year 2012 and 2013 – which, to our jaded ears, suggests there may not much new product immediately waiting in the wings.
In any advent, 2013 Evora pricing inches up ever so slightly – a scant 1-1.3 percent, according to Lotus. A base Evora now starts at $66,285, including $1485 in destination fees; a 2+2 Evora stickers for $69,785. A two-seater 2013 Evora S carries a base price of $78,585, while a 2+2 model rings in at $80,085. Adding the IPS transmission to any of these models also adds another $2850 to the MSRP.