New & Used Lotus Evora: In Depth
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Sleek and low-slung with a wide-bodied stance, the Lotus Evora looks like an exotic, despite carrying a price tag that's about half that of most cars that typically own the epithet. Simple details, clean, smooth surfaces, and a narrow slit of glass surround a form that's as minimalist as this rather luxurious take on Lotus' ethos will allow.
The Lotus Evora offers two-seat or two-plus-two seating arrangement; in either case, the area behind the front seats is best reserved for small packages. A Toyota-sourced, but Lotus-improved V-6 engine lies amidships in the base Evora; the Evora S gets a supercharged version of the engine.
In base form, the Evora generates 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from its 3.5-liter V-6 engine. With a curb weight of as little as 3,042 pounds, it's a nimble, luxurious sports car. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic with "Intelligent Precision Shift" function is available. A Bosh electronic differential lock is standard on all models. In manual form, the base Evora can hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, while the IPS automatic model does the job in 5.0 seconds.
The Lotus Evora S packs 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in its V-6 engine thanks to the addition of a supercharger. The Evora S weighs a bit more than the base model, tipping the scales at a minimum of 3,161 pounds, but nevertheless gets to 60 mph quicker, requiring just 4.4 seconds for the manual-equipped Evora S, or 4.5 seconds with the automatic transmission.
Inside each Evora you'll find a cabin that's snug, almost to the point of being a bit too small for the typical American, but despite the short space (most notable in the foot areas for each front seat), the quality and look of the interior is generally very high-end. At the same time, there's a stripped-down aesthetic to the cabin that makes it clear that, however luxurious the Evora might be, it comes from a long line of dedicated sports and racing cars.
Standard equipment on all models includes: adjustable Recaro leather sport seats; a flat-bottomed steering wheel trimmed in leather; unique aluminum switches and knobs; Lotus' command center infotainment/vehicle information display; an Alpine CD/MP3/WMA audio system with iPod connectivity; remote locking; and air conditioning. Available options include: a Sport pack, a Premium pack, a Premium pack with Suedetex synthetic leather, a Tech pack, and a Premium/Sport pack.
At the pump, the Lotus Evora is fairly efficient for a high-performance luxury car, thanks largely to its relatively low weight. In base form, the Evora scores 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined with the automatic transmission; the manual Evora rates 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. The more powerful Evora S very nearly matches these numbers, earning an identical score to the base Evora when equipped with the automatic transmission, and 17 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined with the manual.