Lotus Evora is now enjoying the success Lotus was hopping for, so the company is looking for solutions to improve its sales. The latest solution found was the addition of a new "Sports Racer" package that was inspired by the Evora GTC that enjoyed a huge success in the MSA British Endurance Championship.
The model is further improving the mid-engined 3.5 liter V6 sports car and will be offered in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged versions. According to the official announcement the new Evora Sports Racer delivers "phenomenal performance, exclusive style, incredible excitement and genuine affordability." The model will be offered with an exclusive exterior color scheme and comes comes fully loaded with all the technologies currently offered by Lotus.
On the British market the new Evora Sports Racer is priced at £57,900 - round $94,300 at the current exchange rates for the naturally aspired version and at £65,900 - $107,300 - for the supercharged one.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Lotus Evora Sports Racer.
Exterior and interior
Customers will have the possibility to order the new Evora Sports Racer in four exterior colors: Aspen White, Carbon Grey, Nightfall Blue and Ardent Red. These four colors will be combined with gloss black contrasting accents on the roof, front splitter, rear diffuser and side sills. Black is also being used for the rear badging, door mirror pods and forged wheels. For the wheels Lotus is offering a choice of either red or black brake calipers.
This very cool exterior paint scheme is being continued on the interior. In here the new Sports Racer package adds black leather "Premium Sports" seats trimmed with red contrast piping and stitching. As an option customers can also ask for a Venom Red leather "Premium Sports" seats with black contrast piping and stitching. Other updates includes Slate Grey SuedeTexTM dash, doors and center console with red contrasting stitching. All models will be offered with gunmetal dashboard panels.
Standard features for the new Sports Racer package:
- Switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response
- Increased rpm limit
- Sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM)
- Sports diffuser
- Cross-drilled brake discs
The model can be further customized with a "Tech Pack" that adds:
- Upgraded speakers and stereo system
- DVD player
- 7" WVGA touch screen display
- Bluetooth® mobile phone connection
- USB connection for various iPod® models
- MP3 players and memory sticks
- Tire pressure monitoring
- Cruise control
- Rear parking sensors
The new Evora Sports Racer can be ordered in both naturally-aspired and supercharged versions. In naturally-aspired version the 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine delivers a total of 276 HP, while in supercharged version it goes up to 345 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm.
On the British market the new Evora Sports Racer is priced at £57,900 - round $94,300 at the current exchange rates for the naturally aspired version and at £65,900 - $107,300 - for the supercharged one. This represents a cost benefits of £6,450 ($10,500) and £7,150 ($11,650) respectively.
With the new Sports Racer package the new Evora gets even closer to its biggest competitor: the Porsche 911 Carrera. The German sports car is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-6 engine that pumps out 350 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 287 pound-feet of torque.
However, despite all its updates, the new Evora Sports Racer can’t become as impressive as the Audi TT-RS is. It is powered by a 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder engine that pumps out 360 ponies at 5,500 rpm and 343 pound-feet of torque.
Lots of standard features
New exterior and interior colors
Two engine options
No details on US availability just yet
It’s been a busy year for Lotus; the arrival of the acclaimed Exige S; featured marque at the Goodwood Festival of Speed; a new flagship retail store in Regent Street; third place in the F1 Drivers’ Championship and fourth in the F1 Constructors’ Championship; and amongst various racing exploits, another series win for a Lotus with an Evora GTC taking the MSA British Endurance Championship.
Following the excitement of this race series win, the new Evora ‘Sports Racer’ is a visually enhanced and optimised version of the mid-engined 3.5 litre V6 sports car, available in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged variants. The Evora ‘Sports Racer’ proves its value on the pocket, as well as on the road and track - it delivers phenomenal performance, exclusive style, incredible excitement and genuine affordability!
There are three main factors that set the ‘Sports Racer’ apart from the existing Evora range; firstly, it receives a unique exterior colour scheme with an optimised interior to match. Secondly, it comes fully loaded, boasting Lotus’ ultimate specification. While thirdly, it’s more affordable than ever, representing great value. Here’s the detail:
The Evora ‘Sports Racer’ is available in a choice of four colours: Aspen White, Carbon Grey, Nightfall Blue and Ardent Red. To stand out from the crowd, the ‘Sports Racer’ receives unique contrasting accents of gloss black across the roof, front splitter, rear diffuser and side sills, exaggerating the Evora’s aggressive stance and sleek silhouette. Further black elements include black rear badging, black door mirror pods and gloss black forged wheels with a choice of either red or black brake calipers which all work to give the ‘Sports Racer’ a more dramatic and focused appearance.
Inside, the 2+2 seating option is standard and comes adorned with black leather ‘Premium Sports’ seats trimmed with red contrast piping and stitching. The dash, doors and centre console receive a liberal dose of Slate Grey SuedeTexTM with red contrast stitching, highlighting the car’s sporting character.
Like your interiors a bit louder? Go for Venom Red leather ‘Premium Sports’ seats with black contrast piping and stitching. All Evora ‘Sport Racer’ interiors are complemented by gunmetal dashboard panels, as is standard in the Evora S.
The Evora ‘Sports Racer’ comes loaded with optional extras as standard. The ‘Sports Pack’ provides switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), sports diffuser and cross-drilled brake discs. The ‘Tech Pack’ provides upgraded speakers and stereo system, DVD player, 7" WVGA touch screen display, Bluetooth® mobile phone connection, USB connection for various iPod® models, MP3 players and memory sticks, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control and rear parking sensors. This is topped of with electric power-fold mirrors and a reversing camera as standard.
Available in the UK and across Europe, the Evora ‘Sports Racer’ adds outstanding value to the already exceptional Evora range, priced in the UK at £57,900* for the Evora with 280 PS or £65,900* for the 350 PS supercharged Evora S. For UK customers, the cost benefits are clear; by opting for the pre-packaged Evora ‘Sports Racer’ savings range from £6,450 to £7,150 respectively.