• Dec 3rd 2008 at 8:57AM
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We're apparently not the only ones in love with the Lotus formula, as celebrities are reportedly falling all over each other to get on the list for an Evora. We had a blissful visit with an Exige recently, but our main gripe was that we could only share the joy with one other person. When you've got a car that's such a delight, you want to pack the whole family in it, car seats and all. We're not sure if the 2+2 Evora will have LATCH anchors in the back seats, but that wouldn't stop us from trying to sign up for the upcoming four-place Lotus were we able to swing the payments. We'd be in good company, automotive celebrities Richard Hammond and James May are on "the list," along with TWO James Bonds. We wonder if the Evoras destined for Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have been fitted with Q-approved submarine conversions, but even if they can't go swimming, it's clear that the Evora is the "it" car of the moment for a sizable list of celebrities, no Autoblog scribes included.

[Source: Lotus]

Craig, Clooney and Grohl on the waiting list for the new Lotus EVORA

The new Lotus Evora is everything a sports car should be; sculptural, stylish and fast; considerably faster than the famous Elise and more refined at speed than the track-focused Exige. Lotus promises its trademark exemplar performance credentials and suggests the Evora will achieve a maximum speed of 160 mph and a 0-60 time at less than 5 seconds!

High-end cars have long been integral to the one-upmanship among the glitterati, but rather than the traditional Bentleys and Bugattis, the A-lister must-have vehicles of the moment are small, environmentally friendly (225 grams of CO2 per kilometre) cars and must include seats for the children. But above all, an it-car must be exclusive, and nothing conveys extreme exclusivity better than the British, hand-built Lotus of which less than 2000 will be made a year for international distribution.

The versatility of the Evora has attracted a varied following, from speed seekers such as Jodie Kidd and Maxi Jazz, to those with an eye for style including Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Rowland.

Celebrity enthusiasts Patrick Dempsey and Jay Leno also made sure they too were first on the list for a test drive, followed closely by J-Lo and her husband Marc Anthony who are already huge Lotus fans and owners of a Lotus Elise. The celebrity couple enjoy the unrivalled driving experience of a Lotus, but are looking for more space for the children. The same goes for Gavin Henson and Charlotte Church, who are keen to have a car that accommodates their young family yet maintains a luxurious, yet sporty persona.

Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus plc, had this to say about the new model: "The Evora is the biggest milestone for Lotus since the Elise was born 13 years ago. We are currently working at broadening the appeal of the Lotus brand through an aggressive 5-year model plan of which this car represents the first exciting step."

Keeping with the Lotus tradition, the price tag is not out of reach for those who cannot be found on the internets 'movie database'. The Lotus Evora enters the sports car market at less than £50,000 making this car a real value proposition for those who like to work and play hard! This hand-built phenomenon will be available in early 2009.

The Lotus EVORA is the first of three new cars to be included in the new five year business plan. Celebrity fans waiting to drive the car include:

• Amanda Stretton – Driver and new face of F1
• Beyonce – International singer and actress (Destiny's Child)
• Boris Johnson – Mayor of London
• Daniel Craig – Actor
• Dave Grohl – Musician (Foo Fighters)
• Gavin Henson & Charlotte Church Welsh Rugby International/Singer, child prodigy, TV personality
• Gemma Arterton - Actress
• George Clooney - Actor
• James Martin – Celebrity chef, Daily Mail's Motoring reporter
• James May – TV personality and presenter of 'Top Gear'
• Jay Kay – Musician and Singer (Jamiroquai)
Jay Leno – TV personality and car enthusiast
• Jodie Kidd – Model,,TV personality and car enthusiast
• Jenifer Lopez and Marc Anthony – International singer and actress/International singer
• Kevin Spacey - Actor
• Mark Ronson – Musician and producer
• Maxi Jazz – Musician and car enthusiast (Faithless)
• Patrick Dempsey – Actor and car enthusiast
• Peter Andre - Singer
• Pierce Brosnan - Actor
• Richard Hammond - TV personality and presenter of 'Top Gear

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had a chance to look over this car in person this past Monday at Symbolic in La Jolla, CA. A Lotus "factory rep" was there as well. Really nice guy.

      Anyhow, the rear seat is going to be VERY tight with regards to legroom. I'd call the BMW 6-series just barely useable for anyone over the age of, say, 12, when it comes to the back seat. The Evora had even less space back there. I really don't see how people are going to fit more than a child seat in the back. You won't be taking your buddies for a spin, at least not comfortably.

      The rep swore up and down that the numbers will be: 280 horsepower from the Toyota V6 and 2800lbs. for the car.

      Compared to my buddies' Elise, the Evora looks like, well, a production car. The fit and finish is definitely "handbuilt", but it's worlds ahead of the Elise -- as well it should be. The Elise buyer, in my opinion, is someone who is a die-hard enthusiast (how else would you have a company like Sector111 making kits that shave 5-6 ounces from some odd part and selling them like hotcakes?!), and as such they are willing to deal with quirks and quibbles of a car like the Elise. With the target market for the Evora, I think Lotus really has to get it right the first time. The fit and finish have to be top notch (of course there's a bit of leeway based on the car being "handbuilt", in my opinion) and there can't be a multitude of small issues that require a trip to the dealership to fix.

      Finally, styling: I think Lotus nailed it. The car looks worlds better in person than it does in photographs. All of the proportions work, and the shape is pleasing to the eye. I mentioned to the factory rep that the first thing I get from the front end is Ferrari 360, which he said he had heard from many attendees at the LA Auto Show last week. He also said many drew parallels Aston Martin. I'm sure Lotus doesn't mind being compared to a car like AM based on the prestige of that brand, but I don't see the resemblance so much.

      Have never owned either of the following two brands before, if the decision was between a Lotus Evora and a Porsche 911, I'd pick the Evora in a heartbeat.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice that it looks just like a Tesla Roadster?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't get it, like a lot of their recent designs it seems cluttered and all over the place. I want to like it. I just don't. Then again, I thought the Elise looked like something from a cartoon. To each his own :)

      "We're apparently not the only ones in love with the Lotus formula, as celebrities are reportedly falling all over each other to get on the list for an Evora."
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. I want to like it as well, but something is just not right about it. The taillight area / back end just looks too cheap. This, like the Europa, just seems too much like a kit car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      May? seriously? he drives a freaking PANDA for chrissake!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Then you must not have seen the rest of his garage before - his other car is a Porsche Boxster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a perfect sports car for May... it has back seats and isn't too powerful!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Loyus has NEVER been about engine size, displacement or number of cylinders. They focus on the lowest possible weight, glued to the pavement handling and maximum power from whatever engine they choose. They are the anti-muscle car company.

      Isn't this car getting a turbo or supercharged version of Toyota's 3.5L V-6?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope this lotus has at least a v8 engine, and not try to please the Co2 crybabies.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, damn those jerks who want to make sure that your great-grandchildren can still live on this planet. How selfish of them!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think V8 power (BMW twin-turbo?) is being saved for the next Esprit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Based on a myth?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoa, whoa, whoa...Beyonce? Either this thing comes with an auto or she just went up a couple of points in my book.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Hell yea. Could she get any hotter ??? Jesus
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