Lotus is currently preparing for the launch of the 2010 Evora,and it’s already planning to expand the model range with a convertible version.
Given the Evora’s price point, one might expect an electric top for the convertible, but that’s not likely to see production. Lotus has been working hard to develop an electric unit that does not compromise on the company’s values of lightness and chassis rigidity.
“The open-top will need to have a light roof. It’s most likely going to be a soft-top as a hard-top system is very heavy and complicated; that really doesn’t belong in a sports car, and is not a Lotus way of working,” Evora designer Steve Crijns told Autocar. “It’s not going to be easy to fit the roof in. It will have to go in front of the engine, where the rear seats are now,” added Crijns. “The rest of the car has been designed with the cabrio in mind; the doors, for instance, are styled so that they can accommodate the system without any changes.”
Expect to see variations on the Evora to start appearing within two years. The supercharged models are planned to launch in around two years and the convertible is planned for a 2012 launch at the latest.