At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus impressed the entire world with a totally revised line-up with a few debuts in the next few years. However, before we actually get a chance to see the second generation Evora launched on the market, the company has announced that a revised version will be launched in 2012. This just so happens to be the year Lotus plans on revealing a convertible version.

While there will be no major changes made to the exterior, the interior will get a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to go along with the newest S trim level. The cabin will be designed by German firm, CSI, who have also engineered cabins for the Audi R8, Mercedes SLS, and Porsche Panamera. The engine will also remain unchanged, but it will be mated to an all-new paddle-shift gearbox.

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Exterior and Interior

The current Lotus Evora features a very impressive exterior design, so it’s no wonder why Lotus is keeping it mostly unchanged. Expect to see minor updates made to the car’s front and headlamps, as well as a new set of wheels, but nothing else.

The biggest changes will of course be made in the interior. Lotus has announced that it will opt for a redesigned cabin done by the German firm, CSI.

The Engine

The standard Evora is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 280 HP at 6400 rpm, while boosting its maximum torque to 342 Nm at 4700 rpm. The engine will be mated to a new paddle-shift gearbox.

The S version will be powered by a supercharged Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine that will deliver a total of 350bhp and more than 300lb ft of torque. This means a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 172mph.

2010 Lotus Evora

2010 - 2012 Lotus Evora High Resolution Exterior
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When Can I Buy One?

Expect to see the revised Lotus sometime later this year, with sales to begin in early 2012.

The Competition

The list of competitors for the Lotus Evora is quite big. It includes models like the Porsche Cayman, the Audi TT-S, and the Nissan GT-R among many others. The Cayman is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp (an increase of 20 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 now 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.

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    • No improvement for the engine
    • Performance numbers aren’timpressive, except for the S version
    • Looks less sporty than most of its competitors
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  (858) posted on 02.1.2012

Lotus Evora added comfort and convenience to a sports car. This acquires more powerful Evora S model and an automatic transmission without sacrificing athleticism during the process.

  (683) posted on 12.4.2011

The only impressive feature of Lotus vehicle is its attractive exterior appearance but when it comes with its engine, I can say that it is really a bid disappointment on it. They should truly improve that.

  (474) posted on 10.11.2011

Lotus Evora looks so cute on its platform and exterior design and I love the angst that the headlights on it are expressing but I’m quite curious on what will be the interior of this one will look like and I must say that I’m still disappointed with its engine.

  (530) posted on 09.1.2011

This car is simple But the price not simple. The engine will also remain unchanged and this car is the newest S trim level.

  (449) posted on 03.29.2011

Well, Cabrio version for a Lotus Evora is kinda good. But, I’m not excited about it. Imagine, they have improved the styling and design for both interior and exterior of the car but that they haven’t made any upgrade on the performance of the engine. Now I don’t get what’s more important the styling or the engine?

  (274) posted on 03.15.2011

In terms of performance the S version is much better compare to this one.
And there’s no upgrades in the engine. But the good thing is there is an improvement in exterior and interior of the car.

  (410) posted on 02.6.2011

The standard Evora is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 280 HP at 6400 rpm, while boosting its maximum torque to 342 Nm at 4700 rpm. The engine will be mated to a new paddle-shift gearbox.

  (765) posted on 01.17.2011

Although no major changes in 2012 Lotus Evora exterior and interior to a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to pick to go along with the latest 2012 Lotus Evora S trim level.

  (325) posted on 01.13.2011

I’d like to hear more about the details for this car, how about the specs and engine? are they using the same technology as the previous evora? or is it more lighter than the previous one?

  (701) posted on 01.13.2011

This show is going to be held at the end of year 2010. Spies by the side of left lane of Nürburgring racing track have captured some wonderful photos of this forthcoming sports car.

  (1022) posted on 01.12.2011

it loos aggressive but it would be better if they used a TRD Super charged engine, I really love that way lotus design the evora.

  (1332) posted on 01.12.2011

there are some rumors that the meaning of the S is super charged. also the diffuser is well needed for this baby, less air drag mean more speed and accelerations.

  (89) posted on 01.12.2011

This looks like a soap box hooked with a frog! smiley Too bad it’s specs have potential!

  (65) posted on 01.12.2011

I saw in the last month a very cool design of Lotus... and now they are showing this... which is no different than the old Lotuses (who, by the way, are just ugly).

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