• Jun 29th 2009 at 8:58AM
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2010 Lotus Evora at Cars and Coffee - Click for high-res gallery

While lucky Brits are already capable of walking into a Lotus dealership and driving off with a new midsize Evora of their very own, Americans still have to wait a bit longer. We've already shown you the 2010 Lotus Evora that was at the L.A. Auto Show, and we've given you info on the specs and options. We've even confirmed U.S. details for the most important numbers.

Although an official release date hasn't been confirmed yet, we have heard that the magic moment will arrive early next year. Whether the Evora gets labeled as a 2010 or 2011 model remains up in the air, but we do know a lot of other info about this all-new model crafted by the magicians in Hethel. What we haven't had until now are some real-world photos. That all changed over the weekend when a couple of test engineers stopped by for a spell at our favorite weekly Southern California car meet, Cars and Coffee. Read the rest of our first impression after the jump, and don't forget to check out the gallery as well.

Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

Two 2010 Lotus Evora evaluators that were in the area for some last-minute testing were parked amidst the hundreds of other sports cars, muscle cars, race cars and hot rods in Irvine this Saturday morning. Parked next to an original Lotus Elan, the cars looked big, but if you glanced up at the Noble and Rossion parked butt-to-butt with them in the next row, you saw near mirror images. The Evora looks a lot bigger than an Elise or Exige – because it is. Some may complain that Lotus has gone soft because of how large and relatively heavy these cars are, but that impression melts away when you see them in person. They aren't large cars by any means, they appear to be about the size of a Porsche Cayman.

The Evora cuts a very provocative shape that had left bystanders oohing and ahhing. While the red hue made the most of the car's creases and curves, the black example could have been mistaken for a Ferrari F430, though more than one person mentioned Acura's NSX while we were admiring the cars. Apparently, one reviewer has already pointed out that this Lotus doesn't have any clear advantage over the decades old super-Honda. Similar weight (3,000 pounds), horsepower (276), and proportions make the comparison a fair one, but know that this car will likely retail for around $75,000, much less than the dearly-departed NSX. And here's the clincher: the Lotus has a backseat.

That might not seem like a big deal, but it does make a difference for insurance rates and for people who need a little extra room from time to time. We can confirm that the interior is fully capable of swallowing two real adult males, and the backseat is about as abysmal as you'd imagine, but motivated people can fit back there. Really. The one interior shot of the instrument cluster was taken from that very backseat. We'll keep you posted as we get more info about this new offering from Lotus, but for now, check out our high-res gallery.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take one in black! Ah, no... make it in red! Yeah! Well... no, black, that's the dog's bollocks... or maybe red... Urgh!
      • 6 Years Ago
      F430 mix with GTR sides and Honda Civic interior. I like the interior personally its very simple and I don't care for million buttons.

      The biggest problem in my opinion is that nobody will ever know what it really is, it has no identity. Any car over 60K should have a presence and I am not talking about arrogant and obnoxious way either. If I spent 60K+ I want a car that stands out and make some kind of statement. On the street people should be able to say that is a Lotus Evora. In this car case it would be more like oh that is a nice car, no actually I thinks that is a GTR oh no its Ferrari, no it’s a scion, hump ok its must be a VW I guess.

      Though a 3000 pound with 6 speed and 276hp and confusing looks I am not sure if I feel like dropping 75K on it (though I don’t have that kind of cash). I would rather get a GTR for same money and get performance and easily recognizable awful looks. Or I would Porsche Boxster S money but it has offers performance and isn’t 13yr girl going through identity crisis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i always think its Tesla at first sight...but a better looking Tesla
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! I wasn't too enthused about the styling in other pictures I've seen but in black, it's gorgeous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Avinash

      Not always the case. Cars and Coffee Dallas had a Bugatti Veyron show up this past Saturday. Along with two Porsche Carrera GT's. Don't forget Dallas has a little bit of money, too. ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, to be fair, Irvine also had a Veyron and 2 CGTs, but also the new 2010 Lancers we reported on, the first Porsche 934 race car, a LeMans Porsche GT1, a Rossion Q1, Noble, Scuderia, DBS, Mercedes CLK63 Black Series, and on and on. :) http://frank4cars.fotki.com/c--c/cars--coffee-62709/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why socal?

      Because all the auto mfg's have big offices here, they all test here, and do consumer testing as SoCal is the Soul of the US car obsession. Within 20 miles For Premier Auto Group/Mazda ok those are within 100 feet of cars and coffee... Dodge styling, Saleens old factory, Superformance, Kia NA HQ, Hyundi NAHQ Nissans parts warehouse, Nissan NA HQ, Toyotas NA HQ. The birth of drag racing and the NHRA, Chip Fooses shop. The largest MB dealer in the world. 5 BMW dealers. MB's usa styling. Jaguar NA HQ need more?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Evora looks beautiful in red.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Indeed and i think it would look best in white. With all those black details like the vents and the headlight brows.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't care for it personally.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Lukas

        "F430 is beautiful? Really?"
        Get out of here.

        The F430 is perfection in engineering, and its form follows its function.

        So if the F430 is not pretty, pray, what's an example of a good looking car?
        Please don't say Zonda, GTR, Gumpert, etc..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Frank: Although these pics were probably taken on the same day as the Lancer pics, I want to thank you got including some pretty decent, level shots of the Evora. They are greatly appreciated.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To think that I can go into any US junk yard and find it's engine on a Camry lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really love this car, what a love the most is the interior of the car. Great blog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No shots under the hood (trunk)?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, but the build quality seems a bit ......
        • 6 Years Ago
        Both cars were very early hand-built pre-production testers, hence the dubious build quality.
        And to answer the question above as to why so many new productions models might make a first appearance here is because most if not all auto companies have a design and engineering facility based in southern CA.
        Actually these two Loti were shown at an event in Arizona and the Bay area before they made it to C&C so technically they've been making the rounds for a little while.
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