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.
Press release after the jump.