Specifications prices Modifications and Image 2011 Lotus Evora
"It's been a long time since Lotus created an automatic and we've spent a great deal of time refining this one to make sure that it perfectly complements the Evora drive experience," Bahar said.
Both new Evoras will debut at the Paris Motor Show, starting at the end of September.
The Evora is designed to compete with Porsche's Cayman on the performance side, but will be slightly more practical thanks to its available four-passenger capacity. Lotus says the Evora's cabin is the most comfortable it has produced to date, with easier ingress and egress than any of its other models. Leather seats from Recaro, a closing glove box, and storage bins and even cup holders are all be standard equipment.
The options list includes Bi-Xenon headlamps, three wheel choices (18 inch up front, 19 inch out back), power-folding exterior mirrors, a Tech Pack with a high-zoot Alpine Mobile Media System, Bluetooth, cruise control, rear parking sensors, an even higher-end Alpine/Lotus IMPRINT audio system, reverse camera, and full leather trim.
Enthusiasts will want to check off the Sport Pack, which includes unique throttle response and a higher RPM limiter, a sports traction control mode with increased slip thresholds, a sports diffuser, cross-drilled brake discs and an engine oil cooler.
The Evora is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 from Toyota's parts bin, tuned slightly to produce a more impressive 276 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Placed behind the passenger compartment, the motor delivers its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
The car weighs in just under 3,000 pounds, resulting in a sub-five-second zero to 60 mph sprint and a 160 mph top speed. Reigning in the car are vented and cross-drilled disc brakes all around, sized at 13.8 inches up front and 13.1 inches out back and squeezed by AP Racing calipers.
The front wheels are 18 inches in diameter, surrounded by tires sized at 225/40-18, while the rears are 19s with 255/35-19 rubber. The forged aluminum wishbone suspension will use Bilstein shocks sitting inside Eibach springs to provide the Lotus-signature impressive handling capabilities.
Other motorists won't miss your Evora S, though, especially if you activate the exhaust baffles that apparently make the car sound more muscular.
The Evora S has a sport button that lets the driver customize throttle response and activate the exhaust bypass valve. That button is also the key to raising the instantaneous rev limit and lowering the interference from the dynamic stability control.
"The Evora S...retains core Lotus values such as performance through lightweight but it also gives more than that," said Lotus Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann. "It's the perfect combination of top performance, style and comfort. Form doesn't sacrifice function in the case of the Evora S."
Clearly, the S model is the pure enthusiast's choice in the Evora lineup. Still, it's likely the other new debut -- the Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) -- will help pay for the S model.