Los Angeles 2011: Lotus Evora S IPS Goes Automatic

If you thought that the Lotus Evora didn’t need much in the way of revisions, you might be right, but the British automaker took its time at the Los Angeles Auto Show to show a spruced up 2012 Evora S anyways.

The Evora S now gains a new submodel, the Evora S IPS, which combines the attributes of two other models into one package. It starts with the engine from the Lotus Evora S, a supercharged Toyota V-6 engine that makes 350 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It then gets the six-speed automatic transmission, dubbed Intelligent Precision Shift, from the Evora IPS. It appears that the transmission doesn’t do anything to change the manual’s performance metrics, as Lotus claims the car will blast from0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a reach a top speed of 172 mph.

It would seem that it was a fairly quiet morning at the Los Angeles Lotus stand, and it was, but behind the scenes we were assured that the wheels of progress are turning in Hethel. The company announced that all of its future models, including the Esprit, Elan, Elite, and Elise, are on time and still planned for production. The Esprit’s new V-8 engine should be under the hoods of prototypes soon.

Speaking of development, Lotus’ plan to produce branded IndyCar engines is going strong, with plans to supply the twin-turbo V-6 engine to Bryan Herta Autosport, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing, and HVM Racing teams.

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Source: Lotus