Lotus is no stranger to boosting its engines. A turbocharger took the Esprit from a Porsche 924 rival to standing toe-to-toe with the 911; and a supercharged Lotus Elise SC made our top ten list for 2008. So it’s not surprise to find out the Lotus already has plans to do some heavy breathing on the new Evora.
The standard Evora was already looking pretty good. Although Toyota-sourced and Lotus-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine produces only 276 hp, its light 2,976 lbs weight means 0 to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. Once a supercharger is added to the mix, power should go up to about 350 hp, and 0 to 60 mph should come down to under five seconds.
For those who’s mouths are already watering, be patient. The Evora won’t arrive in the U.S. until the end of this year, and the Evora SC won’t be available in its home market of England until at least 2011. The price premium for the supercharger should add twenty to thirty percent to the Evora’s estimated £45,000 base price (about $68,000 at direct current rates.)