• Aug 14, 2009
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The gang at Autocar have singled out the new Lotus Evora as the best drivers car in the U.K. for 2009. The award came following an evaluation that included the 2010 Nissan GT-R and nine other new models launched in the past year. The defending champ GT-R dropped all the way to fourth in this year's roundup following the new Lotus, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and the Porsche 911 GT3. The key to the Evora's victory appears to have been its impressive handling capabilities and in particular its forgiving nature.

Apparently, potential buyers agree with the assessment from Autocar as demand for the Evora has been so great that Lotus has had to to increase its manufacturing staff by 30 percent. The Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 also allows Lotus to get some pretty decent fuel economy of the Evora – a combined 27 mpg (US) on the EU test cycle.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I"ll take one, thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, but can I get it topless? Great looking car, but I have a feeling it will be AMAZING without a roof.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have the same problem with this car as I do with the most recent BMW cars. I will never crap on the engineering that goes into them. Style-wise though this thing is less than ordinary. Barely better than a Noble. The last of the Esprit models simply oozed sex, this oozes Hyundai. Sorry Lotus this car will need a refresh in no time.

      Longtime Lotus worshipper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have trouble not thinking there's some UK bias. I hope it's great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lucas - spend enough time in America and you'll soon see how Americans think they're better than anyone else! Always amusing!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lucas - we're talking about one sports car in this article, so where do you get the "UK bias" from? If you are at all familiar with British motoring reportage, you'd know the heavy bias towards German cars here particularly. If you're familiar with Lotus, it's their expertise in tuning cars for optimum roadholding which has given the marque its prestige.

        Is the Corvette (for example) a fine sports car? Yes. Is it suited to British roads? No. Why? Too wide (especially the former C5) and it's LHD only. So what happens? People go for a Porsche for similar money instead.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Bloke You mean our bias for Japanese cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A few notes (from a British American)...
        The Evora is overpriced, built with tinny materials that inside look like they wont last, underpowered for the price (again, power isnt everything but the NSX was so early 1990's, this is a late competitor, dont give me the back seat spiel, its not really usable) and subjectively looks like a Kit car from the back.

        Here's my thing, the British press really tries to resurrect any pride it can with whatever remains of the cottage Brit car industry. I dont see how this car can beat the GTR (which in EVERY single way is better), the Corvette LS3 (same thing, if you want back to basics the Z06 is light, powerful and much much faster, more reliable probably too, I have a friend with over 100K miles on the odo) etc. I agree, the 911GT3 is great.

        Right now it's competing against the hideous and over priced Cayman S, and it does offer folks at that price range choice, I dont like the Cayman S but its hard to not notice that the fit, finish, quality and reliability of the Cayman S will be top notch, and its not built on cobbled together parts (Camry V6, parts raided from different cars bins)

        This review is not different that one of Clarkson's pro Jag, pro Aston, pro Lotus stance. Heck, he even is pro Mitsu Evo FQ, calling those tuner cars British!

        Furthermore, living in both countries, I can say the American press tend to generally rip apart American cars. C&D sucks BMW's you know what, and for the most part American firmss get tough love. In many cases, deservedly, although some serious good cars get criticized for no real reason.

        IMHO, this is a nice car if it wa priced at 55K dollars max. When they introduce a supercharged version thats competitive with the base Vette, 911-S, BMW M3, Ferrari California we'll talk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lucas, here's your original comment in case you've forgotten: "I have trouble not thinking there's some UK bias"

        All this based on one car - which yourself haven't driven - from one British motoring publication. If you're going to delve in sensationalist, unwarranted, and controversial comments, expect a backlash - especially when there is international access to those comments. Don't act like some victim with the "venom" comments - grow some bollocks and act like a man.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just think it's funny that the best drivers car has a Camry V6 under the hood.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @RX-8: Does that mean the Evora is better than the GT-R?

        They're both DRIVERS cars -- according to Autocar, so don't bring that up -- and they're both on sale in Britain.

        Hummm... I don't think so. ...which is why I claim bias.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lucas:

        Are you aware that the UK press often criticse Lotus for merely concentrating on the handling of the car as opposed to the amenities and ride comfort? Probably not.

        Are you aware that the UK press often consider the Boxster to be the best sports car in its class? probably not.

        Are you aware that the Evora was actually developed to be the successor to the Esprit, a more luxuriously appointed sports car? Judging from your past post, probably not either.

        Have you answered by question about we're talking about one car being hailed as the "best drivers car" by a British magazine which hardly constitutes bias when the pres generally praise most German products? No. Why? Because you have no "freakin" idea about life here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you read the second sentence. It said that the GTR won last year. Which means that it beat the Aston Martin DBS, DB9 and Vantage, Lotus Elise/Exige, Jaguar XK etc. So if they are bias it must only be in odd number years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Bloke Hey now, someone is charged up this morning!

        I've spent time in America. In fact, nearly all of my 33 years have been here. :-)

        I can tell you for certain that 99% of Americans think 99% of American cars are crap. Read the news lately?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I own a freekin' Lotus! (www.retrophit.com) ...and I think the company gets its d1ck sucked too hard by the motor journalists. Just my opinion.

        There's no reason that you can't have a light weight car, with some amenities, and have it perform just as well.

        Take the Exige. It costs about the same here as the Cayman, yet in every OBJECTIVE way the Exige loses to it.

        I think the press likes to pretend that no cup holders and no sound deadening are super hip, when in fact they're just really annoying in the end.

        Automotive snobbery, if you ask me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Valentino Amoro

        I think you've fundamentally misunderstood what it means for a car to be driver oriented. You seem to be focussing on the numbers too much, that's definitely a mistake, numbers don't necessarily equate to fun on the road or track.

        I may be relatively young, but I have had the good fortune of driving or owning a fair number of desirable cars. Unfortunately the latest Corvette is not one of those cars, the Nissan GTR and 911's however, are. I also had the good fortune of attending one of the customer launch events at my local dealer (former Elise owner), there I was able to test drive the new Evora around some of the Surrey backroads I know well. What struck me on the drive was how much feedback was on offer from the steering, how nicely balanced the chassis was and how throttle adjustable the car was. The best part about it was that I didn't need to push the car beyond seven or eight tenths for a thrill and I didn't once break the 60 mph speed limit. The Nissan for contrast, had fantastic grip and incredible acceleration but I never felt connected to the road or satisfied with the drive. There was just no skill or sensitivity required, for me, that makes it a poor drivers car.

        I could comfortably say, without hyperbole, that it was the most fun I have had in a car on the road. My point is it's not really about acceleration figures, lap times and how many g's a car can pull, it's about method and polish and feeling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Whatever, you're an angry dude... my origional comment does not warrant your venom. Go back to bed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lotus cars have phenomenal handling generally. As far as "bias" is concerned, there isn't a country that's free from it - especially America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "@ Bloke You mean our bias for Japanese cars?"

        Are Americans aware of British bias towards German cars? Of course not, that would make them worldly!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's pretty amazing for a car that gets 27 miles to the gallon
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Lemon

        Joking aside, I think you mean 21.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Vette gets 26 mpg...

        Hahah sorry I had to... Lucas and Bloke I said that just for you guys

        27 mpg is pretty impressive though. Who'd a thunk you could have fun and be practical all at once?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Worlds best drivers car and the engine is sourced from a Camry SE. That goes to show just how good that toyota engine is, yet they are still considered by many to be the worst drivers cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes but it you are over 6 feet tall you are screwed. Did anyone see the episode of Top Gear where Jermy was trying to get in the car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...in the episode s13e01 which is the one with the evora in it, he mentions MANY times how comfortable it is. There is nothing about him having trouble getting into it. I think you're thinking of perhaps the episode with the exige?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jezzas Review:

        http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/jeremy_clarkson/article6205379.ece

        "And speaking of tall, the front is a revelation. I could get in easily. I could get out without crawling. Inside, I didn’t even need to have the seat fully back. Anyone up to 6ft 7in is going to fit in an Evora and that alone makes it special. "
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful car! I think right now, oddly enough, is one of the best times ever for sports cars. Though there are still a lot that are missed though. Bring back the Testarossa!
      http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2009/08/14/the-sports-cars-we-want-to-see/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still think there's some black magic going on here. A mid-engined car with a back seat and a trunk? How do they do that? Evora reminds me of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, too. She was hot, but she was a witch.

      See, there's just too many signs that Lotus has sold its soul over to the black arts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The seat is a bench. (also an option to delete, for a parcel shelf. Hardly a generous space.

        The trunk is probably not that big either, but at least it is something.

        The engine is transverse, and looks to be VERY tightly packed.

        The car is not nearly as small as an Exige, or even a Europa, and it weighs in a hair over 3000lbs. Very good, but not feather-weight.

        It is more like a more cab-forward, slightly longer SW20 MR2... giving enough length for a token rear seat. The MR2 had a rear trunk, and probably less tightly packed under the front hood, less cab-forward, and less tightly packed engine bay, and thinner front seat backs... and other space-shaving techniques to carve out a rear seat area in the car.

        The SW20 MR2 was also certainly not made out of aluminum, not factory equipped with a V6, (although swaps do happen, and do fit, probably more generously than Evora's engine bay...) nor as well crafted and appointed, which is the difference between an affordable Toyota from the early 90s, and a brand new premium Lotus almost 20 years later.
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