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Ultimate Lotus Evora sporting 400 HP on the way

Lotus Evora

The gang over at Lotus has been putting in its hours lately with tons of new projects and ideas scheduled for production. We thought they would be done what with their five revamped models and the production of their new engines, but now we find out there may be more. It seems Lotus is also planning a new top version of the Evora model inspired by the GT racer car .

While there aren’t many details on the upcoming model just yet, we do know it will be placed above the Evora S model. The first rumors suggest it will be powered by an upgraded version of the 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that will deliver around 400bhp.

Before the Ultimate Evora arrives, however, we’ll get to see the revamped Lotus Evora and its "147 improvements" including higher-grade cabin materials, a sportier exhaust note, and sharper gearbox. Lotus boss, Dany Bahar, says that Lotus’ priority is to "improve the quality, to give the car a soul." This refreshed model is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and will then be followed by a convertible version in about a year and a possible plug-in hybrid concept in two years.

Full story after the jump.

Source: AutoExpress

Bahar also provided more information on the other variants including the convertible Evora scheduled to appear next year. This drop top version will likely share a roof mechanism with the planned soft-top Esprit. “We should have some commonality across the two cars, so we can start with developing a soft-top mechanism that goes into both,” said Bahar.

Two years down the road, Lotus will also be unveiling a plug-in hybrid Evora, but the first concept may be seen as early as October 2011. This plug-in hybrid will be powered by a 1.2 three-cylinder engine and twin-electric motor drivetrain producing 737 lb-ft of torque. This will get the hybrid supercar from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while emitting CO2 figures of only 55g/km. The price of the plug-in will be almost double the standard model, leavinga price tag of about £100,000, or $142,318 at the current rates.



10 comments:

Well, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the car and its new platform. I wonder if they are going to release this one in the opening of the Frankfurt?

The Lotus have made a lot of changes on this car! And I have to say that I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the vehicle. The increase in 400 hp makes the car more powerful and aggressive.

The Evora has an impressive speed performance and I bet with a 700 lbs torque is just enough to make the car blast a rocket speed in the race track. I think they have boost the performance of the v6 engine. I really like the styling of the car.

Dropping the Elan and making a high speed performing Evora instead is a smart move for the Lotus. The hooned power output in the car is kind of impressive. The fewer cylinder will produce a better handling for the car.

I never thought that lotus can create this one. It is now the beginning of Lotus joining the world of super cars. This is an impressive production for the Lotus. I can say that it can now compete with other race cars.

This is what you call a super car. I agree on its name ULTIMATE. This is really an ultimate car with its supercharged engine. This is going to be a big production for Lotus.

Ultimate? hmm... I think it’s almost the same as the original Evora was. But all models of Evora are indeed supercars after all.

This one is really an ultimate, you will be amazed on its twin electric motor. I can’t wait to see the first launch of Lotus Evora later this year.

It seems that we can see a lot of modification for the Evora. I feel excited hearing that they will be making a removed version for the Elan, Elite, Esprit, Eterne, and Elise! I wonder on what engine will they used.

Well, I’m thankful that they have listened to their possible dealer for a sharper interior. The previous design seems similar to a Honda Civic. However, they just need a little upgrade in the performance of the car for its powerful enough.

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