Everyone in the auto industry is anxiously awaiting the Geneva Motor Show due to the growing number of cool cars and concepts being displayed for the approval of the beauty- and function-seeking car aficionados everywhere. One of the cars waiting for its time to shine is a unique vehicle that will surely steal the spotlight from all of the other cars on the show floor. No, we are not talking about another special edition from Lotus or the expected Evora facelift, but a - dare we say - tuned-up version of the Lotus Evora. The lucky one chosen to perform such a never-before-seen feat is the well-known and extravagant tuning firm, Mansory.
There was no way Lotus or Mansory were going to allow any official details to be leaked out ahead of the Geneva debut, but what they did provide is a couple of images that reveal a carbon fiber extravaganza. Not only is there a carbon fiber hood, a new front bumper with carbon fiber air inlays, new side skirts, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser, but there are also carbon fiber exterior mirrors, a carbon fiber rear wing, and a new set of wheels rounding off the the look.
What’s hiding under the hood is still unknown in our part of the world so we’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store for all of us when the Geneva show doors open. In the teaser press release provided, Lotus says that this project is "merely the first toe in the water and a showcase of the potential future." Well, Lotus, consider our interest piqued. Just make sure you’ve got something under that hood that is worthy of such a dramatic preview. We’d hate to be as disappointed in Lotus’ future as we were with the new Ferrari FF.
Think of James Bond and it’s likely that the only car you’ll imagine him in is an Aston Martin, but Bond aficionados may remember that the star in "For Your Eyes Only" was a Lotus Esprit. Last year, the Lotus connection grew by one more car as a Lotus Evora was spotted filming in the French Alps for what people thought was the 23rd installment in the Bond movies. Now it seems that rumor is coming crashing down as Lotus Silverstone - a UK Lotus dealership - is selling a one-off Lotus Evora that happens to have been the star in those French Alp videos cruising the ’net a year ago.
According to Lotus Silverstone, those rumors about the Lotus and the 23rd Bond movie are not true. They also said that Lotus only built the car for marketing purposes, including a tour of dealerships and various other promotional activities. Now that the car has finished its marketing stint, the Silverstone dealership is selling the Evora. And if you expected it to come cheap then you would be sadly mistaken. This is the only James Bond Evora and it’s priced at £44,995 (or around $71,500 at the current exchange rates).
Hit the jump to read more about the Lotus Evora James Bond Edition.
Time and again, we’ve all been thrust into the same unflattering scenario of driving over the speed limit on a highway without a care in the world - at least until a police car begins to give chase. That’s where we start quaking in our boots. In some instances, we make a break for it, hoping that our trusty steed can outrun the galloping highway patrol car as it tries to keep pace. Unfortunately for the residents of the West Midlands in the UK, trying to outrun the new highway patrol car just became a more difficult task. As a donation by Lotus and presented at the Autosport International Motor Show, the UK police force will be getting a Lotus Evora police car to facilitate the chase..
Oh yes, dear criminals. A 280 horsepower sports car will be stuck in your rear view mirrors until you cry ‘uncle!’ and pull over on the shoulder of the highway. The Evora police car will be given a two-week trial run on a stretch along the West Midlands highway that covers 450 miles, together with a number of major routes, including the M5, M6, and M2 motorways.
So the next time you find yourselves in these areas, you might want to keep watch of the speed limit because you know never know when the Evora police car will jump out of the bushes and give you chase. Most likely, you wouldn’t’ even stand a chance.
Details on the Lotus Evora Police Car after the jump.
At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus impressed the entire world with a totally revised line-up with a few debuts in the next few years. However, before we actually get a chance to see the second generation Evora launched on the market, the company has announced that a revised version will be launched in 2012. This just so happens to be the year Lotus plans on revealing a convertible version.
While there will be no major changes made to the exterior, the interior will get a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to go along with the newest S trim level. The cabin will be designed by German firm, CSI, who have also engineered cabins for the Audi R8, Mercedes SLS, and Porsche Panamera. The engine will also remain unchanged, but it will be mated to an all-new paddle-shift gearbox.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Lotus Evora.
Lotus’ Paris Motor Show explosion back in September gave way to the announcement of some big changes to their lineup occurring sometime in the near future. Well, this may very well be the near future since, according to British magazine, AutoCar, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar has announced there will be a new Exige revealed later this year at the Geneva Motor Show.
And that’s not all, Bahar also announced that the Evora will get a refresh and will be launched in 2012. The new Evora will get a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to go along with the newest S trim level. The cabin will be designed by German firm, CSI, who have also engineered cabins for the Audi R8, Mercedes SLS, and Porsche Panamera.
So, if we have this right, we should be getting a new Evora in 2012, new Esprit and Elan models in 2013, the Elite in 2014, and the Elise and Eterne in 2015. Talk about having all of your ducks in a row.
That’s it; we’re halfway through the first season of Top Gear USA and the guys seem to be coming along quite nicely in their efforts to become a real car show. They’re actually getting some laughs out of us and they’re even getting their hands on some pretty nice rides. We didn’t think we would become full-fledged Top Gear USA fans so early in its lifespan, but, the truth is, we have.
In this episode of Top Gear USA, the trio take on a challenge that leaves them traveling by land, air, and sea to get from Miami to Key West in the shortest time span. Michelle Rodriguez takes on the Top Gear test track in the Suzuki and Tanner Foust hops on over to Britain to check out the Morgan Aero SuperSport.
Hit the jump to check out the full details for this week’s episode of Top Gear USA!
There aren’t a lot of things we enjoy more than a race car being introduced to the Nurburgring. Whether it’s a Formula One racer or even a pair of Lotus 2-Elevens and an Evora racing in the FIA GT4 Championship, the mere sight – and sound, don’t forget that – of a high-action race car blasting along one of the world’s most fabled circuits is enough to raise those little goose bumps all over our body.
Fortunately, PistonClash Productions seem to share our fascination and they were cool enough to share these videos of Lotus racers getting a first-hand look at what the Nurburgring is all about. Add a few elements of rain, the shrill sound of race exhaust, and some commentary from the drivers, and you have the perfect recipe on how to spend the next 15 minutes of your life without regretting it afterward.
Trust us, these videos are must-watches, even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of the Lotus Racing Team.
We’ve been hearing a lot about Lotus lately as the Evora S and the Evora IPS were announced as Lotus features at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. We’re going to keep the ball rolling with the British manufacturer as they have just announced that the racing version of the Evora sports car will be making its racing debut this weekend at the European GT4 Championships. Behind the wheel of the sports car will be Lotus rookie driver, Ollie Hancock.
The Lotus Evora Cup is powered by a 4.0 Liter V8 making 360 PS and weighs just 1190 kg, nearly 200 kg less than the road going Evora. It will enter the race carrying the Lotus Type Number 124 and will be painted in a Lotus Motorsport Green with a yellow twin-stripe running down the center.
Next to the Evora Cup, Lotus will also be bringing four ultra lightweight Lotus 2-Eleven GT4 race cars to the event. Two of these sports cars will be decked out in the Lotus Motorsport livery with members of NFS Racing Dubai. The other two Lotus Evoras will be operated by Team Scuderia Giudici, who currently lead the GT4 “Super Sports” Championship category.
Remember that "accidental email" we received earlier this month that announced the Lotus models that would be showing up at the Paris Auto Show? Well, we know one of those models is the Evora S since that was simply stated in the communication, but the second model was just titled the Lotus Auto and didn’t have many details to describe this mysterious vehicle. Now we hear that this second model is the Lotus IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift).
The IPS version of the Evora gives the driver the option of being able to switch from manual paddle shift to automatic drive modes. There is also a Sport mode for that extra oomph and control for the driver.
The Lotus IPS combines an automatic 6-speed gearbox with a Lotus developed transmission control with a 3.5L V6 engine. This combination allows the vehicle to produce 276hp at 6400rpm and 258 lb ft of torque at 4700rpm. The 0-60mph sprint is made in 5.3 seconds and its top speed is limited to 155 mph.
"The Evora IPS is set to broaden the appeal of the Evora and reach out to a slightly different market. We hope it will be popular with established automatic locations such as Asia, the Middle East and the US. It’s been a long time since Lotus created an automatic and we’ve spent a great deal of time refining this one to make sure that it perfectly complements the Evora drive experience."
Updated 01/23/12: Lotus has unveiled a new video presenting chief testing guru Matt Becker putting the Lotus Evora S IPS through its paces at our Hethel test track. The Evora S IPS combines the power of the supercharged S with the versatility of an auto transmission, and in sport mode, it’s a dynamic race bred machine. Enjoy!
Lotus unveiled today the official details on the hottest version of the Evora sports car. The new S version is set to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, next to the new Esprit.
The Evora S comes with a sport pack as standard featuring a ‘sport’ button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve. The sport button also raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings resulting in a total experience change. There are cross-drilled brakes for improved cooling.
The Evora S will be powered by a supercharged Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine that will deliver a total of 350bhp and more than 300lb ft of torque. This means a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 172mph. However, it will be pretty hard to identify the Evora S, as it will only get a larger rear diffuser. The car is expected to be priced at £60,000 ($93,000 at the current exchange rates).