The first all-new Lotus since the iconic Elise roadster made its debut in 1995, the Evora entered the sports car market as the world's only production mid-engined 2+2. The Evora provides a tremendously rewarding driving experience: the mid-engined layout gives exceptional agility and the Lotus engineered suspension ensures incredible ride and handling. Powered by a Lotus-tuned 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 280PS/ 206 kW / 276 hp @ 6400 rpm, and weighing just 1382 kg, the Evora delivers an exhilarating experience true to the Lotus DNA characteristics.
With the zero to 60 mph sprint taking just 4.9 seconds (100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds) a top speed of 162 mph (261 km/h) and an Official European Combined Cycle fuel economy just 33.2 mpg (8.5 litres / 100 km) and emissions of just 199 g/km CO2 the Evora stays true to the ethos of performance through light weight. The other economy figures are equally impressive with Official European Urban Cycle of 23.4 mpg (12.1 litres / 100 km) and 44.8 mpg (6.3 litres / 100 km) for the Official European Extra Urban Cycle all combined with exceptional ride and handling.
Because one of the roles of the Evora is to attract new customers, as well as performance aficionado's to the Lotus brand, the Evora offers a more refined ownership experience than Lotus' existing smaller four cylinder models. Its elegantly styled cabin is beautifully trimmed and its equipment list includes contemporary features such as an advanced touchscreen multi-media system and electric power-fold door mirrors. Careful attention has also been paid to its ease of use; with wider, taller door apertures, narrower sills and higher seating position making getting in and out of the cabin a less athletic undertaking than it is in Lotus' smaller sports cars (Elise, Exige, Europa and 2-Eleven), whilst the design of the cabin itself will accommodate two 99th percentile (6ft 5in / 196 cm tall) American males in the front seats.
The 'convenience factor' of the Evora extends to all areas of the car. For instance, beneath the skin the entire front-end structure is a high tech aluminium "sacrificial" modular unit, with bolt on attachment to the main extruded aluminium tub. This modular unit is not only designed to deform for maximum safety, and to make the production assembly process more efficient, but also to reduce repair costs in the event of a frontal impact.
The Evora has been designed with global automotive regulations in mind, and future derivatives are planned.
The Evora is hand crafted and built on a dedicated new assembly line within Lotus' advanced manufacturing facility at Hethel in the East of England; capacity limitations restrict production to approximately 2000 cars a year, thus ensuring this dynamic new sports car's rarity and exclusivity.
Evora Specification Layout Transverse mid engined, rear wheel drive Length 4342 mm Width 1848 mm Height 1223 mm Engine Petrol Cylinder V6 Capacity 3456 cc Power/Torque 280PS at 6400 rpm / 350Nm at 4600 rpm Rev limit 6400 rpm 0-100 km/h 5.1 seconds Top speed 162 mph / 261 kph CO2 (CO2/km) 199 Weight kg 1382 Seats 2 + 0 with optional 2+2 Transmission 6 speed manual Drive RWD
1 November 2010 Lotus Evora Awarded Most Fun to Drive Car for 2011 by Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics today announced their recipients of its Automotive Excellence Awards, the Top 10 Cars for 2011.
The expert automotive editorial team at Popular Mechanics tested over 100 vehicles during the course of the past year to recognize the best in automotive design, execution and technology for 2011 model year vehicles in ten specific categories. When the tire smoke settled and the engines and brakes cooled off, the ONE vehicle they found most Fun to Drive for 2011 is the all-new Lotus Evora. Summarizing his automotive editorial team's findings, lead Popular Mechanics automotive editor Larry Webster said: "We're all car enthusiasts so every sports car is viewed with an especially critical eye. The Evora simply floored us. It combines everything we want in a performance car - gutsy engine, stunning looks, and a dash of practicality - with the driving dynamics we've come to expect from Lotus. It's the most entertaining car on the road." One of the primary guiding principles through all of Lotus' 60+ years of existence has been to build very pure, communicative and involving sports cars making them exceptionally fun to drive. "It's very gratifying to receive such a prestigious award from the editors at Popular Mechanics," said Group Lotus plc CEO Dany Bahar. "With the Evora we set out to develop a more premium and practical Lotus you could happily and comfortably live with every day, yet still provide 100 percent of the exceptional driving dynamics we're famous for. This award, and the many others the Evora has received, justifies our performance through relative light weight mantra and fun to drive focus. The excellent reception the Evora continues to receive bodes well for our future portfolio of premium sports cars."