When Lotus announced that it would bring a new model to the marketplace, tongues wagged. When the design was finally revealed late last year, those same tongues salivated. And now, as Lotus prepares to deliver the brand spankin' new 2010 Evora into the trembling hands of European buyers...well, we're not sure what else tongues can do besides wag and salivate, but whatever it is, they're doing it.
Lotus recently published an updated press release on the Evora, and as Responsible Car Nuts, your TCC staff feel obligated to pass on the news. The release contains plenty of info about the Evora's sporty detail packages, plus news that the vehicle will be available as a 2+2 and as a straight-up two-seater. But we're guessing that you're most interested about the goods under the hood, so without further ado, here's the 411, straight from the horse's mouth:
The Lotus Evora is designed for people who desire the exotic sports car characteristics of stunning design, exclusivity, dramatic proportions and performance. However, it offers real-world usability and a unique sense of occasion as well. Powered by a 3.5-litre V-6 producing 276 hp at 6,400 rpm and 252 lb./ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm, the Evora employs innovative lightweight chassis technology to ensure all-around exceptional dynamic performance, in keeping with the great Lotus tradition.
Straight line performance is spectacular, with the 0 – 60 mph sprint taking place in approximately 5 seconds and a top speed of over 160 mph (prototype figures). Economy and emissions figures are class leading with the Official European Combined Cycle fuel economy being just 8.7 liters/100 km (equivalent to 27 mpg) and the emissions being just 205 g/km CO2 (equivalent to 11.6 ounces/mile CO2).
Lotus is being cagey about pricing for the new 2010 Lotus Evora, but it's expected to clock in between £50,000 - £60,000 (roughly $70,000 - $84,000 U.S.). We'll assume that pricing for the American market will be slightly higher, but we won't know for sure until details are announced this fall. Stateside buyers can expect to see Evoras slither into their climate-controlled 27-car garages sometime in early 2010--i.e. a year from now. Ugh, we have many virtues, but patience ain't one of 'em.