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2011 Lotus Evora Review
A true sports car with a touch of luxury
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The Lotus Evora is the only four-seat, mid-engine sports car in the world. Lotus decided owning a sports car does not mean having to sacrifice comfort. The Lotus Evora is the closest to marrying comfort with high-octane power.
Indeed, the Lotus Evora has a lot more room than other Lotus sport cars the Elise and the Exige. For the higher price tag, you get an extra two seats in the back and a more spacious interior.
Models: Base, S
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
The vehicle added a few luxury features like heated seats and optional faux-suede upholstery. Automatic transmission is now available, and an Evora S version delivers better performance.
The base Evora comes with the extremely light cast-aluminum wheels, bi-xenon headlights and heated exterior mirrors.
The Sport package adds a rear underbody diffuser, titanium exhaust tips, and cross-drilled brake rotors with black calipers for a flashier look.
The interior of the 2011 Lotus Evora is plush in comparison to other sport cars in the Lotus line. The cockpit has leather surfaces throughout and carpeting on the floors, doing away with the former hard metal surfaces. Getting in and out of the car is easier due to a larger door opening and a larger seating area. Legroom is spacious in comparison to the Lotus Elise, even though the front wheel well does cut into some of the legroom. The clutch is moved over to the right to accommodate the well, and this can cause some confusion to drivers.
The base model includes leather front seats, cloth rear seats, air-conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, leather wrapped gearbox and handbrake, as well as a CD/MP3 player with iPod integration.
The Premium package adds accent lighting to the vehicle, a center armrest, heated front seats, and leather trim throughout the cabin as well as special floor mats.
A Technology package is also available. This package includes cruise control, rear parking sensors to prevent accidents, integrated Bluetooth, and an updated stereo package that includes a DVD player, seven-inch touchscreen display, computer navigation and a USB port for electronic devices.
A SuedeTex option adds faux suede to the interior as trim.
Performance & Handling
Underneath the hood of the Lotus Evora, a 3.5-liter Toyota V-6 produces 276 horsepower with 258 lb-ft of torque. Keeping in line with Lotus’ mission to keep its cars light, the engine is capable of launching the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 172 mph.
The Evora S has a supercharged engine that produces 345 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Evora has a Sport bypass mode that has an exhaust bypass valve as well as a heavy-duty clutch. The Evora S includes all the features of the base Evora as well as the features included in the Sports package.
The engine is controlled by a six-speed manual or a push button six-speed automatic transmission.
Lotus offers the Sport package for extra performance. It includes selectable sport modes for different handling and acceleration styles. Throttle response is enhanced and a higher rpm limit is added.
Driving the Lotus Evora is the real pleasure. The handling is superior as it’s able to turn on a dime and cut sharp turns with little problem. The tires seem to grip the asphalt with industrial glue. The Evora is a leg up on the Elise by providing a quiet ride with little wind or rattling. Sound insulation is installed throughout the cabin to prevent too much noise. Visibility out the rear of the vehicle while driving is almost impossible, but the vehicle is provided a rear camera to make up for it.
Safety items are almost nonexistent in the Evora. While anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control are incorporated, side airbags are not offered.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Luxury interior
- Superior handling
- Powerful engine
You Won't Like
- Uncomfortable rear seats
- Minimal leg room
A true sports car with a touch of luxury
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