Although you may have forgotten about the newest 2+2 offering from the English sports car builder, the Lotus Evora, due to all the news about a V10 powered Esprit. Well here is something that might get you thinking about the model that we saw at the L.A. Auto Show last year, because we have gotten a hold of some specs about the upcoming Evora.
Always important with the English automaker is weight; the Lous Evora will weigh in at less than 1.5 tons at 3,046.8 pounds. The 2+2 will be powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5 Liter V6 making 276 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque when it hits showrooms later this year. The mid engine layout will not only help with handling, but will allow the 2009 Evora to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 162 MPH. However, power is nothing without control, so careful attention to the vehicle’s braking means that the Evora will be able to grind to a halt from 60 MPH in just 110.2 feet.
The Evora will not only use its lightness for performance, the attribute will allow the next Lotus to be efficient as well. The British engineers figure that the Evora will be good for 32.5 MPG, although they haven’t disclosed whether that is on the highway or combined, but either way, sub 5 second 0 to 60 MPH times, exotic styling and a mid-engine layout definitely make the Evora a sports car. Future sports cars will not only need to be fun to drive, but they will also have to be environmentally friendly while doing it.