The 2012 Lotus Evora complements the Exige and Elise in the boutique lineup of British roadsters, though those last two vehicles are soon to be discontinued. The Evora separates itself from the other two with a rear seat, albeit a meager one. The Lotus Evora is a more fleshed out Lotus, big and comfortable enough to be used as a daily ride to and from work.
The quiet ride exists no matter the road conditions for Lotus' less athletic model. Two six-foot-plus Americans can fit in the Evora without an issue but the driver will have to battle with an awkwardly placed clutch pedal. The exotic looks attract eyeballs in a hurry.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine courtesy of Toyota produces a healthy 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Evora S boats a supercharged version of the same engine, with 345 horsepower. Underpinnings stem from Lotus' Versatile Vehicle Architecture, a concoction of bonded and riveted aluminum. The subframe also consists of aluminum up front and in the rear. This helps keep the Evora's weight under 3000 pounds.
Body style: Coupe
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6; 3.5-liter supercharged V-6
Transmission: six-speed manual
Models: Evora, Evora S
Lotus introduced a supercharged version of the Evora earlier this year. Known as the Evora S, it boosts the Evora's horsepower, the lack of which was one of the few sources of complaint when the non-supercharged version was first introduced.
The Evora is offered up as a four-seater sports car dressed in either the base or Evora S trim. The floating rear wing and dual exhaust pipes are routed to pop out of the center of the rear bumper. Standard features cast-aluminum wheels, bi-xenon headlights, and heated exterior mirrors. Three optional packages are available with them being the Premium, Technology, and Sport. The Premium and Technology packages focuses more on the interior while the Sport package receives a rear underbody diffuser, titanium exhaust tips, and black brake calipers.
The Evora's interior comes with air conditioning, a radio and CD player, and racing seats wrapped in leather. Optional features include cruise control, a navigation system, and a back-up camera. While the trunk is almost non-existent with only 6.0 cubic feet of space available the rear seats double as storage space. The Evora's interior varies from others in Lotus' stable with soft-touch leather, carpeting, and other creature comforts. The few buttons and knobs that are around are easy to interact with. Getting in and out is easier than doing so in the Exige or Elise courtesy of larger door openings. With the driver's side wheel-well impeding on foot space the clutch had to be shifted to the right about an inch and can prove awkward for some. The rear seats are barely noticeable since they are so small and can be compared to a bench wrapped in leather with seatbelts draped over it. It's recommend to just have the Evora configured without them.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine is rated at 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque while paired with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional push-button six-speed automatic gearbox with shift paddles is also available. Lotus claims the Evora can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds while topping out at 172 mph. The Evora S is on the receiving end of a 3.5-liter V-6 supercharged engine whipping up 345 horsepower supplied by Toyota. Lotus claims a naught to 60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. Acceleration, braking, and handling are comparable to Porsche's Cayman S. AP Racing brakes bring the Evora to a halt with purpose and a control-arm suspension with Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs boost handling.
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, a stainless steel fuel tank, and an immobilizer alarm.
Six-speed: 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway
Sports Ratio six-speed: 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway
- Exterior styling
- Lack of comfort
- Rear visibility
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