Last week we told you about the new Lotus 2+2 project, developed under the codename Eagle. Today, I'm reporting from the London Motor Show, where Lotus has confirmed that the name of the new two-seater will be Evora.
The 2009 Lotus Evora
, like the smaller two-seat Elise, uses a blend of Lotus-developed chassis pieces and powertrain and technology elements borrowed from other automakers. The Evora is powered by a modified Toyota 3.5-liter V-6 engine, mounted mid-ship and modified to produce 280 horsepower. Anti-lock braking, traction and stability controls have been developed with Bosch.
Lotus says the Evora began in October 2006 as a clean sheet of paper, and to date, 19 pre-production versions have already rolled off their lines as the prepare for the begin of production.
The Evora also shows the direction of the (very long-anticipated) new Esprit, which will follow it to market in 2010. Both vehicles will use Lotus’ new Versatile Vehicle Architecture, with aluminum construction and other lightweight chassis components. Lotus promises three all-new vehicles in the next five years, so it's probable that a smaller version of this architecture will replace for the Elise before too long. With all three models on sale, Lotus plans to sell no more than 5,000 to 6,000 vehicles total a year, to keep its exclusivity and to keep its cars for "the few who know the difference," as execs said at the London show.
Stay with us for more details on the Evora and the London show; in the meantime, see these first pics of the Evora from the show floor, along with the latest handout pics from Lotus.