Sport Coupe Comparison: War of the Sports Car Worlds

Scott Dukes
Sport Coupes

2010 LOTUS EVORA
Base price/as tested: $74,675/$86,255
   
POWERTRAIN
Engine: 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement: 3.5 liters (211 cubic inches)
Power: 276 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Transmission type: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
   
CHASSIS
Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension, front: Control arms, coil springs
Suspension, rear: Control arms, coil springs
Brakes: Vented discs, ABS
   
MEASUREMENTS
L x W x H: 170.9 x 72.8 x 48.1 in
Wheelbase: 101.4 in
Track F/R: 61.7/62.0 in
Weight: 3130 lb
Weight dist.: 38/62%
EPA Mileage 18/27 mpg
   
Our Test Results
ACCELERATION
0-60 mph 5.2 sec
0-100 12.9
0-110 15.9
1/4 Mile 13.6 sec @ 104 mph
30-70 mph passing 7.0 sec
Peak g 0.79 g
   
BRAKING
70-0 mph 151 ft
Peak g 1.31 g
   
CORNERING
L 1.02 g
R 1.04
   
SPEED IN GEARS
1 39 mph
2 73
3 114
4 162
5 160
6 140
   
TIRES Pirelli PZero
F 225/40YR-18
R 255/35YR-19
   
STREETS OF WILLOW
Best Lap 60.3 sec
Avg Speed 57.9 mph

NickTO
I also enjoyed the article. The only piece that irked me a bit was the GT-R Techtonics by Eric Tingwall.The "Execution" piece should be accurate, but it's not.There are thing that can slide as they are somewhat accurate: 100% of the torque to the rear wheels (in fact it's 98%, but that's nitpicking).The main egregious statements are:"Hydraulically controlled multiplate clutch". It's actually an Electro-Magnetic controlled center diff (GKN's EMCD).Also, "An electronically controlled LSD sits between the rear wheels". Also inaccurate, while there is a VCD traction system in ATTESA, the rear diff is a mechanically passive 1.5way LSD, a GKN Driveline SuperLSD if I'm not mistaken.. what's certain is it's not electronically controlled like the R34 V Spec was.
Z06Paul
QUOTE:"Shifting is another issue, as the gas and brake pedals are poorly spaced for quick blips down into second gear and the beefy shifter makes it easy to miss the change back into third. For this reason, it's best to stay in third the entire run. And that's just fine by the brawny V-8. Even with the granny shifting, the Vette manages the second fastest lap of the group. "Given enough time, I could probably get the Z06 to lap fastest, but the GT-R's computers make it easy to get great times right out of the box," Cammisa notes."Wow, maybe you should find some full-grown men to test the cars for you....
u118224
I enjoyed the article, although the Evora would not have been my choice for the British entrant. Maybe the Jag or Aston would have exceeded the price limit. If I were in the market, my first choice is the Z06 Carbon with the Porsche a close second (I'd take the Porsche over a regular Z06),the GTR third and the Evora fourth. Honestly, I'd be happy with any of them.

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