2014 Lotus Evora

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2014 Lotus Evora
2014 Lotus Evora

New For 2014

Lotus made no mechanical changes to the Evora for '14. There are five new colors, and the '13's mishmash of trim levels has been rationalized. Trim levels are now (1) the standard car, with all-black cloth and leather; (2) Premium, with full leather in a single, monotone color; (3) Premium Sport, with four interior colors available; and (4) Premium Suedetex, with suedelike accents. Lotus also plans to make its track-only Elise Cup model available in the U.S., although details won't be available until late in the year, so expect shipments to begin in early 2014.

Vehicle Summary

Dany Bahar was ousted as Lotus CEO more than a year ago, along with his ambitious plans to extend the Malaysian-owned, fabled English brand to an unprecedented six models. The minimalist Elise and Exige are no longer exempt from certification rules that now keep them out of the U.S. market, Elon Musk has moved on from using Elise bodies in which to wrap Tesla's electric cars, and Lotus hasn't bothered to certify the new Exige V6 for sale as a road car in the United States. That leaves the Evora as the only Lotus you can legally buy brand-new here. Some 125 customers did so in 2012, and you might think about it, too, if the Porsche Boxster and Cayman are getting too luxurious for your sports car tastes.


Launched in the 2010 model year, the Evora carries on for 2014 with a 3.5-liter twin-cam V-6 rated 276 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Evora S adds an Eaton supercharger, which boosts ratings to 345 hp and 295 lb-ft. Toyota builds the V-6 and sells it to Lotus, so the British sports car's powertrain reliability is hard to beat. The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or IPS, the Intelligent Precision Shift six-speed automatic with paddleshift manual controls. Buyers may choose from a two-seat version or a two-plus-two with a vestigial, fold-down rear seat suitable only for the smallest of kids who aren't in extrabulky child safety seats.

In a July 2011 head-to-head comparison between an Evora S and the 2012 Porsche Cayman R, we found the Porsche's handing more neutral, while the Evora was easier to manipulate between understeer and oversteer. The Lotus' brakes were more direct and much more suitable for the track, while its steering was light and precise, although offering less feedback than the Porsche's heavier, slower steering. Far less versatile as a daily driver, the Evora S proved to be a purpose-built sports racer you can drive to and from the track.

You'll like:

  • Single-purpose mission
  • Easily manipulated handling
  • Excellent brakes

You won't like:

  • Poor ergonomics
  • Hard-to-find dealers and service
  • Alpine audio system

Key Competitors

  • Jaguar F-type
  • Jaguar XK
  • Porsche Cayman
  • Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S
2013 Lotus Evora S Passengers Side Above View
Lotus is on a brief hiatus from the U.S. market right now, but a new car set to debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show in March could signify the brand’s return to our shores for 2016. The company recently announced that it has an “exciting reveal” planned for the Geneva show, and Autocar suspects that it is an updated version of the Lotus Evora sports car.
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Lotus has big plans for the next few years, but its future lineup may not consist of the small sports cars we're used to seeing, as CEO Jean-Marc Gales revealed he'd like to dip into other segments.
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Despite news of layoffs and an uncertain product plan at Lotus, the company will continue selling its Evora sports car in the U.S. -- after a brief hiatus for the 2015 model year. The 2016 Lotus Evora will go into production in fall 2015 and will go on sale on our shores shortly thereafter.
2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R Rendering
Lotus no longer sells a street-legal version of its lithe Elise sports car in North America, but that doesn’t mean it can’t sell a new Elise built for a single purpose: racing. The automaker just announced the 2014 Elise S Cup R, based on the 2014 Elise S sold elsewhere around the world, will be sold on our shores.

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2014 Lotus Evora Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
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
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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