The light weight sports car manufacturer Lotus has already delivered a few of the company’s newest four passenger mid engine speed machine to European dealers for demonstration purposes. Customers who have already paid for their Lotus Evora’s will only have to wait a few more months because their vehicle’s are on the way as well.
The Evora is powered by Toyota’s all-aluminum 2GR-FE 3.5 Liter DOHC V6, with intelligent variable valve timing (VVT-i) on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to get the most out of this 21st century power plant. The light weight six cylinder delivers 276 HP and 252 lb-ft of torque through a Toyota sourced six speed manual gear box. Lotus engineers are currently working on a close-ratio version of the same unit intended for a more sport inspired driving experience. With that much brute force under the engine cover, the Lotus Evora should be able to run from 0 to 60 MPH in under 5 seconds.
After the international press event in Scotland, only good things were being said about the new Lotus. According to Car and Driver, “With a firm but not punishing ride, the Evora is planted and secure yet runs through corners with the light and playful feel endemic to mid-engine cars - think Ferrari F430, only with slightly sharper steering;” and that “The Evora rocks. It looks fabulous, it’s a quantum leap up in Lotus refinement and drivability, yet it retains the feathery, purebred feel of its feisty two-seat siblings” thanks to Motor Trend’s representative at the event. It looks like the new Evora is quite a machine, we just can’t wait until they start popping up here in the U.S.
The English automotive television program Top Gear is back for its 13th season, and the man in charge, Jeremy Clarkson, is having lot of fun with the latest creation from the weight conscious English automaker, the 2010 Lotus Evora. So what does the man in charge think about Collin Chapman’s new 2+2? If you missed the show, check the video to find out fore yourself.
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.
The most extreme Lotus of all the time, the new Evora has been rigorously tested recently in Scotland. The new lightweight sports car is powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 that delivers 276 HP and 252 lb-ft. of torque. All this power allows the new Evora to go from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds and won’t stop until it hits a top speed of 162 MPH.
As you may already know, the English sports car builder Lotus will be introducing a convertible into its Evora line-up. Set to be launched sometime in the next three years, the convertible version will be a strict two-seater.
In an interview with AutoCar, the man responsible for the Evora’s exterior appearance, Steve Crijns, had this to say about the roof: "[The Evora] will need to have a light roof. It’s most likely going to be a soft-top as a hard-top system is very heavy and very complicated; that really doesn’t belong in a sports car, and it’s not a Lotus way of working." Crijns would make Lotus founder Colin Chapman proud with that comment.
Chapman was quoted as once saying “Any car which holds together for more than a race is too heavy” a proud motto for the track, but a little scary for road cars.
Lotus revealed a few more images of their latest addition to the line-up, the Evora 2+2. Unlike the Elise, the Evora can carry four people (some very small). But just like the Elise, the Evora will be a lightweight, track-ready sports car with Toyota-sourced engine. It’s the 3.5-liter V6 that’s also found in more everyday cars like the Camry, but the 276 hp should be good for 0 to 60 sprints in under five seconds.
A proper British Sports car has no roof. So now that Lotus has launched the production version of the Evora at the Geneva Motor show and has even announced European pricing, it’s time to do some model variations.
We’ve been hearing rumors of an Evora convertible for a while now, and it still seems to be on track for 2011. The open top version will likely employ a similar fabric roof to the Elise, which would make for more of a targa roof than a full convertible.
Although the chassis was designed to function without a roof, its going to take a few years to introduce the fabric-top model because Lotus first has to roll out the hard top for the world’s markets. European deliveries will begin in May, and the U.S. will have to wait until 2010.
Once that’s complete, Lotus will likely add an Evora SC model to the lineup. This will take the toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 from 276 hp to a supercharged 400 hp.
After the lightweight sports car maker Lotus revealed the European prices for the 2010 Lotus Evora, they have just announced that the first models destined for European garages will shipped out in May, while those eager to try out the Evora in the U.S. will have to wait until early 2010.
The Lotus Evora is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 276 HP at 6,400 RPM and 252 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 RPM. The British sports car makes the sprint from 0 to 60 MPH (0-100 km/h) in approximately five seconds on its way to a top speed of over 160 MPH. Thanks to the vehicles light weight construction, the Evora is capable of such performance while only consuming about 27 MPG.
Lotus Evora standard and optional equipment after the jump.
Lotus revealed the Evora sports car last year at the British Motor Show. Today in Geneva it added a new version to the line-up: the 2+2 version.
The Evora 2+2 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 280 hp; add that to a weight of only 1350 kg and you will get a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 161 mph.
With the Evora 2+2, Lotus becomes the only maker in the world that has a production midengined 2+2.
Lotus will start Evora deliveries in May and prices for Germany for the 2+2 version starts at 63.500 euro (or $80,000 at the current rates).
The Lotus Evora has been named Top Gear’s 2009 Sports Car of the year.
UPDATE 06/08/2010: We were able to test drive the Lotus Evora 2+2. Check out what we thought by clicking here.
Lotus announced today pricing on the 2010 Evora that will go on sale this May. For 450 very luck clients Lotus prepared a surprise: the Evora Launch Edition. It will be offered in 2+2 configuration and clients will have the possibility to choose from: Tech Pack, Premium Pack or Sport Pack.
The Launch Edition also features: Hi-power silver cast alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Alpine Imprint Audio System, Reversing Camera and Electric Powerfold Mirrors. The car is being offered in either Ardent Red or British Racing Green as standard.
Prices for the Evora as as follows (for the German market): Evora 2+0 € 59.990, Evora 2+2 € 63.500, Tech Pack € 3.490, Sport Pack € 1.490 and Premium Pack € 2.990. Other options include: Metallic Paint € 990, Lifestyle Paint € 1.850, Premium Paint € 2.737, Powerfold Door Mirrors € 290, Bi-Xenon Headlamps € 990, Alpine/Lotus IMPRINT Sound € 1.490, Alpine Reversing camera € 590, Stealth Grey cast alloy wheels € 550, Silver forged alloy wheels € 1.990, Gloss Anthracite forged alloy wheels € 2.750 and Sports ratio 6-speed manual transmission € 1.800.