Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus is no stranger to boosting its engines. A turbocharger took the Esprit from a Porsche 924 rival to standing toe-to-toe with the 911; and a supercharged Lotus Elise SC made our top ten list for 2008. So it’s not surprise to find out the Lotus already has plans to do some heavy breathing on the new Evora .

The standard Evora was already looking pretty good. Although Toyota-sourced and Lotus-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine produces only 276 hp, its light 2,976 lbs weight means 0 to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. Once a supercharger is added to the mix, power should go up to about 350 hp, and 0 to 60 mph should come down to under five seconds.

For those who’s mouths are already watering, be patient. The Evora won’t arrive in the U.S. until the end of this year, and the Evora SC won’t be available in its home market of England until at least 2011. The price premium for the supercharger should add twenty to thirty percent to the Evora’s estimated £45,000 base price (about $68,000 at direct current rates.)

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Nothing helps a car brand gain acceptance like a little star power. Alfa Romeo wouldn’t have sold nearly as many original Spiders had it not been Dustan Hoffman’s choice in The Graduate, and the Cadillac Escalade wouldn’t be nearly as cool had it not been the choice of rappers first.

Lotus seems to know this. It started first by making the new Evora ’s debut in Los Angles, and now its released the list of people who are in line for test drives. The list includes celebrity car guys like Jay Leno and Patrick Dempsey, big names like George Clooney and Beyonce, as well as James Bond alumni Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

Although it has been reported by other news outlets that these celebrities have ordered the cars, that’s simple not true. THIS IS JUST A TEST DRIVE. While a few of the celebrities who may drive the Evora may purchase it, Lotus will no doubt use this opportunity to show pics with all of them behind the wheel. Lotus is a small carmaker, and it is right now wisely exploiting star power to drum up sales for its new 2+2 sports car.

The Evora is the best car for Lotus to mount a full comeback in the U.S. The Elise /Exige that is currently offered in the States has a very limited range due to its small size and lack of creature comforts. The Evora will offer seating for four, and be more road-friendly than Lotus’ other current offerings. It’s powered by a Toyota Toyota -sourced and Lotus-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 276 hp, and weighing a light 2,976 lbs. Although the engine is used in more everyday cars like the Camry, the lightweight of the Evora should help it keep its performance car image. 0 to 60 mph have been published as "less than 5 seconds."

Lotus Evora made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new sports car will go into production in the first-quarter of 2009 with U.S. deliveries to begin in November or December of next year. Lotus will keep the production to a low 2000 units annually.

The car mid-engined car will have a 2+2 seating arrangement. This will not only be the first car to mount the engine behind the passengers and in front of the rear axle, but it is also the first car that Lotus is building on its own with a back seat (Lotus has tuned other cars like the Lotus [Ford] Cortina or the Lotus [Vauxhall] Carlton.)

It is powered by a Toyota-sourced and Lotus-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 276 hp, and weighing a light 2,976 lbs. Although the engine is used in more everyday cars like the Camry, the lightweight of the Evora should help it keep its performance car image. 0 to 60 mph have been published as "less than 5 seconds."

Press release after the jump

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There are no secrets left about the Lotus Evora . We’ve already seen all the official photos from Lotus of this new mid-engined 2+2 coupe. This is just the first time we get to see it in its element down at Germany’s Nurburgring.

Powering Lotus’ new GT will be a Toyota 3.5-liter DOHC V6 making about 280 horsepower. While that usually isn’t a lot of power for a car that wants to hang with Aston Martins, its Lotus’ founder Colin Chapman’s motto that saves the car. He believed "to add speed, add lightness", and the under 3000 lb weight of the Evora will insure a fast ride.

When Lotus unveiled the Evora at the British Motor Show they also announced there will be more versions of the sports car int he future. Today, we can confirm that a convertible version will be launched in late in 2011. Lotus hopes that in this way Evora’s sales target will raise to 2000 units per year.

The Evora’s body structure is versatile enough for other variants and even other models to be based around it. In fact, the suspension and chassis center section will be used in the forthcoming V8-engined Esprit replacement, also scheduled for 2011.

Also in the next two years there will be a more powerful version of the Evora developing around 320bhp rather than the standard car’s 280bhp. A hardcore S version is also a possibility. This version will produce in excess of 400bhp and likely to offer Porsche 911 Turbo-rivalling levels of performance, with an estimated 0-60mph time under four seconds.

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It’s true that the 2010 Evora will not go on sale until spring 2009 (and this in the UK market,) but if you can’t wait that long you can choose a 1:64 replica of the car built by Lotus and Mattel.

The Lotus Evora 1:64 is available in Quartz Silver, the same shade as the real-life car unveiled at the British Motorshow adding to the accuracy of the comparison. The silver body color used on the Matchbox® die-cast model is duplicated directly from a color sample provided by Lotus’ Licensing team ahead of the London launch. The silver paint is applied and the hood vents and rear roof section are masked and painted a flat matte black reflecting the graphical elements of the actual car. Realistic looking headlamps and hood badging were also added using a process similar to silk-screen printing.

Read how the die-cast model Evora has been created after the jump.

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Lotus is offering a first drive of the Evora to attendees of the British Motor Show…sort of. The carmaker teamed with Polyphony, the makers of Gran Turismo, to allow visitors to race around the streets of London in an Evora. The experience may be more realistic than you think as both of the pictures in this post are from the Playstation 3 game.

Lotus offering test drive of the Evora in Gran Turismo 5

The real car (originally known as Project Eagle) is a lightweight 2+2 available initially as a coupe, with a convertible joining shortly after the release. Power should come from a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V-6 making 276 horsepower. For those of you who want to drive the real Evora, it won’t be released until next spring.

The British premiere of the 2010 Lotus Evora brought us new details: the car will go on sale next spring at a price starting from around 70,000 euros (almost $110.000).

According to Lotus, Evora is the only 2+2 model with central engine layout. It is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine that delivers 280 hp. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in less than 5 seconds, while the top speed has not been determined yet.

Lotus also confirmed a 2011 successor for the Esprit. It will be built on an all new platform and will be powered by a V8 engine.

Lotus unveiled the Evora today at the British Motor Show. And after reading the first details you now can see the video from the unveiling.

Evora is powered by Toyota’s all-alloy 2GR-FE 3.5-litre V6 DOHC, with dual VVT-i (‘intelligent’ variable valve timing). The engine delivers 280 PS at 6400 rpm, while boosting its maximum torque to 342 Nm at 4700 rpm (prototype figures). The 2GR-FE V6 engine is mated to a manual six-speed gearbox, again Toyota-sourced. A close-ratio version of this gearbox is also currently under development for the even more sport-focussed driver. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in less than 5 seconds.

Lotus will unveil its new 2+2 GT today at the British Motor Show at 11:30. The car was named Evora, after a city in Portugal and will go on sale in the first half of 2009. It will be limited to 2000 units a year.

Lotus announced name for its new sports car: EVORA

The Evora is the only car on the market with a mid-engine layout and a 2+2 seating configuration. It is powered by a modified version of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6, with dual VVT-i that produced 280 hp. It can hit a top speed of 160 mph; the 0-60 mph sprint from standstill is estimated at sub 5 seconds.

Lotus announced name for its new sports car: EVORA

The car features leather and aluminium on the interior, blue LEDs, bucket seats, hand-stitched leather, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen multi-media system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

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