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.
Exterior and Interior
In the same spirit as the Lotus Esprit who starred in "For Your Eyes Only," this special edition Evora comes painted in Bronze metallic with a set of gold stripes along the lower edge. No other changes were made to either the interior or the exterior.
Under the hood there is the usual Toyota-sourced 2GR-FE 3.5-liter V6 DOHC, with dual VVT-i (‘intelligent’ variable valve timing). The engine delivers 280 HP at 6400 rpm. Mated to a manual six-speed gearbox this engine will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
There is only one James Bond Lotus Evora in the world, so if you want it, you have to make a break for it. The car is priced at £44,995 (or around $71,500 at the current exchange rates).
The usual list of competitors apply for the Evora. Among them is the Porsche Cayman, the Audi TT-S, and the Nissan GT-R.
The Cayman is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The Audi TT-S is powered by a 2-liter TFSI engine that has received a larger turbocharger and many additional modifications obtaining a total output of 272 hp (7hp more than the previous model) while the torque remains at 258.15 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60mph is made in 5.2 seconds while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The competition is pretty stiff, but considering this is a James Bond model and there is only one in the world, exclusivity is definitely the name of the game. Anyone would be crazy not to want to snatch this car up quick.
Cool exterior paint color
Comes with the same price as any other Evora
Having only one in the world screams ultimate exclusivity
Because there’s only one, chances are you won’t get it
There are barely any changes that make it look exclusive