There’s good news and bad news for American fans of the Lotus Evora. On the positive side, the purist 2+2 sports car is still slated to return to the U.S. market this year. On the other hand, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales told Automotive News the car may come here without its supercharger.
Europe’s Lotus Evora 400 uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine supplemented by a supercharger, but Gales told Automotive News that deleting the blower could help Lotus easily meet U.S. emissions standards. Lotus reportedly thinks that’s a better solution than fitting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Evora’s supercharged engine currently produces 400 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque.
“In the U.S. we have to show a 3 percent per year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions… One option is remove the supercharger,” he told AN. “I don’t believe a four-cylinder fits there.”
The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 coupe is expected to reach the U.S. by May. The car had to take a brief hiatus from the U.S. market while Lotus incorporated required features like smart airbags and side airbags. Lotus expects to sell about 400 cars per year in the U.S. and already has 250 orders for the new Evora, Gales told AN. The Lotus Evora 400 Roadster, which debuts overseas this fall, will reach the U.S. market in 2017.
There’s no word yet on pricing or timing for a detuned, non-supercharged version of the car.