• Oct 7, 2009
Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racer - click above image for high-res gallery

When most people think of Lotus, a few different thoughts tend to enter their head. One is of little teeny Toyota-powered Elise/Exige track toys buzzing around a racetrack. Another is of an underwater submarine piloted by none other than James Bond (albeit Roger Moore). And then -- maybe -- some of you might think of the racing success Lotus used to enjoy, back in the day, a long time ago. Well, according to Autocar, Lotus' new CEO Dany Bahar is seeking to change all that.

"Lotus was mentioned in the same sentence as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati in the 1970s-1990s," said Bahar. "Then, it got closed into a corner. We believe it's the right time to bring Lotus back to where it was." Not only that, but Proton Group (they own Lotus) managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir (must make for one hell of a business card) says that the new Evora, Lotus's first new car since 1995, is "a turning point."

Bahar is making returning Lotus to a place of prestige a top priority for the Malaysian-owned company. The ex-Ferrari exec claims to have have a business plan to return Lotus to the same plane of existence as Ferrari within five years. Of course, to accomplish this, the Camry-powered Evora just ain't going to cut it. Which more or less guarantees the return of the Esprit, which very well might have a Lexus V10 perched out behind the driver. All of which gets our octane lovin' hearts all aflutter. Also, let's not forget about racing – serious racing. We'll keep you posted.



[Source: Autocar | New Straights Times]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm all about handling the curves.

      (pic #5)
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's about time, i used to like lotus until all they started offering were bitch cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jealous much?

        If a track-tuned Elise, supercharged Exige, or minimalist 2 Eleven are bitch cars, that doesn't leave a lot of better performing cars out there for real men like yourself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are glorified go karts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that is the whole point, glorified go karts

        and keep bitching about the non heated seats and bluetooth cruise control while calling the car a bitch car, you dont sound like an idiot at all
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean, as opposed to redneck cars like the Camaro, "Musdang", and the Challenger? Or the vette, which are often stereotyped to be driven by old geezers or geezers with gold chains?

        Or an asian car driving ricer, maybe a Euro brand Euro-whore?


        LOL


        • 5 Years Ago
        Only bitches will complain about Lotus being too hardcore for them. Pussy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To each his own, I guess. The Elise/Exige are uncompromising sports cars that were built for fantastic track performance. They have some of the best suspensions on the planet and light weight. Yes, they're underpowered relative to supercars, but they have plenty of power to get into trouble on the track. You won't win any drag races in one, but you can drive circles around other sports cars in the curves. I'm speaking from experience here; I own a supercharged Elise which I drive on the track against other fancier, more expensive sports cars, and I make out just fine in the end.

        If this is what constitutes a bitch car, then call me a bitch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only thing I can hope for is that instead of a Lexus V10 in North America they use the Audi 90degree V10. A far better sounding engine for the same size. And more than likely cheaper to ship for European cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but half of the reason you buy a Ferrari or Lamborghini is the style of the car. And the sound of the engine goes a long way to that. A 90 degree V10 is going to sound racier, and more powerful, and that's the point. Not to mention a lower deck means you can have a larger rear window and larger greenhouse.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Lexus V10 is higher-revving and produces more power; 550hp+ @ 9,000rpm (according to Car Magazine). It sounds amazing...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSRbpNdCTUg&feature=related

        The Audi V10 sounds great as well, but is more comfortable and docile. Its derived from the VW inline-5 compared to the completely bespoke Lexus V-10 that is more focused.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the sound of this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lotus... please refresh the Elise, and after you have reaped in the rewards... build us a proper British Supercar... not just variations on this Elise chassis.... but an new Esprit!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad they're using Toyota engines in all their cars. I used to like Lotus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I stand corrected.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol if you think the Toyota powerplants are bad then you go and have fun with the 82hp (before turbo) engine in the Europa lol. There's a reason the flagship Evora has a Toyota under the hood.
        Now...if they strapped the TRD supercharger from the TRD Aurion onto that V6...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lotus' CEO saying that they'll take on Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc could mean that the Esprit must be near completion. The Evora isn't in the same class as the other exotics, too mild, too small, and too underpowered to play in the big leagues. In order for them to brawl with the big boys they'll need to bring out the big guns and an Esprit replacement is just the right vehicle for the job. But then again I wouldn't hold my breath on its arrival seeing how the development of a supposed new Esprit has been rumored since the time of the Elise S1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...too mild, too small, and too underpowered..."

        It's a matter of balance, and usually Lotus gets that balance just right.

        http://www.carnorama.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys defend it, but what exactly does this car do that you can't do in your average corvette? which you could drive daily and get more than 3000 miles out of the tires.

      Oh, and at 65 grand, why not just throw in a few more bucks and get a z06 or gtr?

      The exige s has the styling of the most recent toyota mr2, it's underpowered and overpriced.
      You call it a track toy, i call it a rip off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you have to ask why someone would prefer a Lotus over a Corvette then you aren't someone who'll ever want a Lotus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reasons for an Evora over a Corvette? Fuel, tyres, brakes for starters. Then there's style, which is a personal thing and personally the Evora is sweet. It has a more classical body than the R8 for example which is starting to jarr with me a bit the more I look at it. Same for the C6 corvette. Just not so curvy.

      But I agree, bring on the supercharged TRD motor with a decent exhaust. (Heard a TRD Hilux with the same motor. I'm sure he didn't have stock exhaust and it wasn't too loud but the tone was BWAAAAAwsome. :) ) The bulk torque would be just crushing in the Evora.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Instead of 5 make it 7 or 10 years. I dont want to see them grow to fast and end up with mud on their face's. Though finally seeing them litteraly hang with the big boy's once again will be nice.
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