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.

Press release

Lotus dealers throughout the UK and European markets have begun to receive Evora demonstrator vehicles and will begin delivering the all-new 2010 Evora to the first customers, who’ve already placed deposits for a car, in the next couple months.

The Evora is much more than just an all-new car for Lotus, it also brings to Lotus a new way of building cars. This fourth Evora Newsletter will show you the high-tech yet still hand-crafted process that creates this exceptional new Lotus sports car.

The press reaction to the Evora from the international first drive event that took place in Scotland in May has been overwhelmingly positive. Following are two quick quotes which summarize the media’s perception of the Evora thus far:

"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." - Car and Driver, August 2009

"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." - Motor Trend, August 2009

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