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!
Press release after the jump.
But that’s not all. In addition to the Evora S, Lotus also presents the IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option. This inception of the seven-time-award-winning (who’s counting? We are!) Evora sees an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission control with a 3.5 l V6 engine delivering 280 PS assuring a superior automatic driving experience.
The IPS version of the Evora allows the driver to switch between manual paddle shift and automatic drive modes. The driver also has the option of selecting ‘sport’ mode which showcases the Lotus sport driving experience allowing the driver to really feel each gear shift and be in complete control of the transmission.
Commenting on the development Dany Bahar said: “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.”
Evora IPS Option Technical Specification
- Engine Mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-I
- Emissions 208 g/km
- Transmission Electronically controlled 6 speed automatic
- Chassis Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
- Steering Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted power steering
- Suspension Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension
- Bilstein high performance gas dampers Eibach coaxial coil springs
- Fuel consumption - urban 12.6 l/100km
- Fuel consumption – extra urban 6.6 l/100km
- Fuel consumption - combined 8.8 l/100km
- CO2 Emissions 208 g/km
- Max power 280 PS / 206 KW @ 6400rpm
- Max torque 350 Nm / 258 lb ft @ 4700rpm
- 0-60 mph 5.3s
- 0-100 km/h 5.5s
- Maximum speed 155mph
- Vehicle mass (unladen) 1436 kg