2010 Lotus Evora

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Company founder Colin Chapman's apocryphal credo - "simplicate and add lightness" - may have to be amended in honor of Lotus' new 2+2, the Evora. Of course, "complicate and add relaxation" doesn't sound as good, but that's what the new car does, with excellent, possibly even brilliant results that will tempt not just the Lotus faithful, but more than a few Porsche 911 intenders.
Lotus has lived on the razor's edge most of its 61-year existence but has enjoyed some of its greatest sales since the introduction of the extraordinary Elise in 1995. That car led many Lotus fans' eyes to tear up, for here again was a revolutionary Lotus - with its rigid, safe and easily configurable aluminum tub chassis - a technological beacon that pointed the way forward for other low-volume manufacturers (notably Aston Martin, which has adopted the concept throughout its lineup) and restored the Norfolk carmaker to its place at the forefront of sports car technology.
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But 13 years and more than 30 Elise variants in, the company saw the need to move the brand up-market, while at the same time broadening its appeal. Rather than launch a promised replacement for its long-lived supercar, the Esprit, which went out of production in 2003 after 28 years, Lotus radically rethought its plans - following the return of longtime executive Mike Kimberley in 2006 - and instead turned out in an astonishing 27 months the Evora, marking the company's return to the 2+2 market after a 17-year hiatus. Models like the Elan +2, the Elite, and the Excel comprised 20% of all Lotus sales volume through 1996, and the Evora - expected to sell at the rate of 2000 cars per year, with roughly one-third coming to the U.S. - picks up where they left off. Being a mid-engined four-seater, however, it is currently in a class of one on the world stage.
The Evora expands on the Elise theme, but its aluminum chassis - slated to provide the basis for an eventual Esprit replacement - is significantly revised, for even greater torsional strength (it's one and a half times stiffer than the Elise) and safety. Looking better in person than in spy photos, with strong hints of both the Elise and the Lancia Stratos, (check that wraparound windshield,) the Evora hardly looks like the four-seater it is, though 2 + 2 two-year-olds is more like it.
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Toyota's DOHC 3.5-liter 2GR-FE VVT-I V-6, good for 276 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, marks a step up from the Elise's VVTL-I four, also supplied by Toyota. It helps this car, which is longer, wider and almost 900 pounds heavier than the hyper-focused Elise, reach 60 mph in just under 5 seconds, and a top speed of 162 mph, while delivering over 30 mpg on the highway. Though six-speed manual transmissions, also sourced from Toyota, are standard, with a sport-ratio option present on the cars we drove, an automatic gearbox will become available with the 2011 model year.
Stepping into the new machine, one is instantly aware that the Spartan aspect of Elise life has been banished. It's amazing what a little leather and carpet and a modicum of sound-deadening material will do for perception. Along with the cabin's extra width, which allows one's shoulders to be on less intimate terms with his front-seat passenger, longer doors mean one no longer require summoning the skills of a contortionist for ingress and egress, instantly making the Evora a car more suitable than the Elise for daily use. The rear seats - marginal, at best - may be deleted for a storage shelf and a 30 pound weight savings, at the customer's request.
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In terms of build quality and the solidity of its presentation, the Evora is easily the most mature Lotus yet. While heavier than most of its predecessors, none will doubt they are driving a car built by people who place a premium on roadholding and handling. Its grip in two days of rain driving was exceptional, a testimony to its balance as well as Pirelli's P-Zero tires. Still more impressive was the fluidity and suppleness of the Evora as it traversed chewed up Scottish lanes, with none of the bone-jarring crashing over potholes and tendency to tramline found in the Elise. Body control is superb, rattles nonexistent, and steering seemed little compromised by the Evora's weight or sissified mission. If its reflexes are not quite as razor sharp as an Elise, the sensation through the Evora's leather-trimmed magnesium wheel reminds one strongly of the delicious steering feel Porsche 911 drivers experience. So, too, does the punch of the Evora. The sound of the variable multi-cam Toyota under full-throttle is sophisticated like Zuffenhausen's finest, though more in the vein of some fine Italian V-6. Who knew top-of-the-line Camry drivers were having so much fun?
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At an expected $75,000, the Evora will likely undercut the 911 in price. And while most would-be Porsche buyers will choose to stick with the accomplished master, a discerning few might find they prefer this new type of Lotus, less raw and more relaxed than those that have come before, but still 300 pounds lighter than the lightest 911. You've got to hand it to these Lotus boys. Even when they're adding weight, they're still adding lightness.
2010 Lotus Evora
2010 Lotus Evora
The Evora is the antithesis of the Elise. Lotus has designed the Evora to be a more mature, more everyday friendly car. Not a dedicated two seater like the Exige and Elise, this is a 2 plus 2 configurations, large enough for two full sized adults to ride comfortably in. Thank in part to its' more softly sprung suspension, it is more comfortable to ride in especially over imperfect pavement. Entry and exit is much less of an exercise than with Lotus' other models. Lotus has muffled the engine on the Evora as well, making one occupant able to hear another while driving.

While the Evora follows the same Aluminum tub with steel sub fames and composite body panels equation that the Elise and Exige do, the added civility of this model have added nearly a thousand pounds to its curb weight. This necessitated the use of a more powerful engine to keep it from feeling bogged down. In this case, a Toyota source, 3.5 liter V-6 which makes 276 Hp and 258 Ft. Lbs of Torque manages to keep performance levels up despite the increase in weight.
Texas' largest Lotus dealership, Lotus of Austin, delivered the first 2010 Evora in North America today, said automaker. The celebration of the storied brand's latest 2+2 will continue tonight with a soiree.
This may look like your run-of-the-mill Evora. But according to Lotus, this is actually the Carbon Concept, which features some significant changes.
Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Rear Three Quarter
While it has long been associated with British Racing Green, Lotus seems to be turning a different shade of green these days. After showing us a number of biofuel and eco-friendly Exiges, the automaker teased this image of the Evora 414E, a series hybrid which will debut next week at the 2010 Geneva motor show.
Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Front Three Quarter
Want to buy a new sports car and give to a good cause? You may be interested in Lotus’ new offering -- it partnered with supermodel Naomi Campbell to create eight special edition Evoras to auction off, with proceeds going towards relief efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti.
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2010 Lotus Evora Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
276 hp @ 6400rpm
258 ft lb of torque @ 4700rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 96 months

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