• Aug 16th 2010 at 1:34PM
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2010 Lotus Evora – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lotus seems to have quite a hit on its hands in the form of the Evora. We were quite taken with it ourselves when given the chance to put the car through its paces in Southern California, and we've yet to hear a nasty word uttered in its general direction. But that doesn't mean Lotus can't find a way to improve the breed yet further.

Apparently, a couple of those improvements are headed to the Paris Motor Show later this year. Buried within the automaker's stand will be both a hotted-up S version of the Evora and one bestowed with an automatic transmission. How do we know? Well, an errant email recently went out to everyone on Lotus' media list (ourselves included) that promised the two machines along with the other "new car(s) not yet announced."

As if the thought of a Lotus Evora S (forced induction?) and an automatic for the clutch averse among you wasn't enough, it seems the British specialists have plenty more up their well-tailored sleeves. There's been plenty of postulation regarding what else we may see – most notably the rumored return of the Esprit – but we're content to just take a wait-and-see attitude on this one. Paris just can't come soon enough.

Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Lotus via iCars Singapore]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That recall function in Outlook NEVER works. :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha tell me about it, I'm an IT professional and people always whine about it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      These cars are overrated and over priced. I've driven one and wasn't the least bit impressed. Its slower, less refined, and drives worst than the Cayman. Why buy one?

      The interior looks cheap, the audio system is an Alpine and looks like it was designed in Tron in mind, the footwell area is crammed, and the gear box could have been better. Not as good as a Porsche or Honda S2000's.

      Sorry but this car is a 7 out of 10.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A nasty word perhaps not, but I'm not the only one who has a problem with the below-par performance and "poise" (sund, precision, willingness to rev) from the Toyota-sourced engine and transmission. I mean, a minivan engine and a light truck tranny for a mid-engined sports car?! No wonder that's where its lacking; a Cayman S is faster, sounds better and has a much better gear linkage. The sad part is that the Lotus harware is second-to-none (steering precision and feel, rigidity, ride-handling).

      I hope Lotus can fix these shortcomings in the upcoming S and make a truly great car out of the Evora.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rule #1 of the Internet

        "Not everything you read on the internet is true"...

        Honestly forming your opinion off someone else is stupid. Yes you can read 1,000 books on how to ride a bike and how the experience will be but, nothing will prepare you for when you actually ride it.

        Movies and music are perfect examples too. How many times has a reviewer been wrong about a CD you liked or a movie you loved?

        I take reviews into consideration but, I wouldn't let it be the reason I wouldn't test drive a car and write it off saying it sucks...
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is the beauty of the internet and its associated anonymity, isn't it? Anyone can make any opinion on anything they want, regardless if it is based on personal experiences, friends experiences, hearsay, or what they read in Car & Driver on the magazine rack last week.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Any car aficionado has probably read quite a few tests of the car which happen to coincide on exactly these points. Furthermore, I believe that it's a mistake to fall into the fallacy of not being able to talk about something if you haven't done it in person: "well, if you haven't climbed an 8000 meter mountain, you don't know what climbing is" or "since I'm not a biologist or biochemist, I'd rather not talk about the Gulf oil spill". Not having done something doesn't mean that you can't be well-informed of have an educated opinion.

        For you information, I've driven many high-performance cars, Lotuses among them, and have sat and listened to the Evora, and agree wholeheartedly with those repoter's assessments.

        Tha said, I'd much rather read your opinion of the car, rather than your supposedly quick-witted comment on mine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spoken like a man who's never ridden in or driven one, brilliant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thing is, you can't criticise Lotus based on anyone else's assessments. That's just hearsay. And sitting in and hearing a car doesn't give you the right to comment on its ride/handling, shift linkage, or anything else you criticised this car on.

        Drive the car, then maybe you can comment on its traits. Until then, don't pass judgement based on others' assessments
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah, but you see, Aman, that's just it: I sat in the car, worked the gear lever and started up the engine, then reved it a little. Notchy, long throws? Check. Uninspiring engine note and slow to rev? Check.

        It's simple: Once you've been reading journalists for many years, you know which ones seem to be reading your mind when you drive that car (you agree on almost everything) and which don't. It wasn't diferent in this case, except for the dead pedal (here in Europe it does have a dead pedal).

        Oh, and Lotus isn't exactly known for making flawless cars, but hey shure know how to make the most communicative chassis. In fact, I strongly rally for the Evora, since it's a great leap forward for them, and that's why I would love to see them fix the few details that need mending. Frankly, I just wished thay had choosen Honda as engine and gearbox supplier.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This email landed in my inbox just minutes ago, and i was taken by it. It is a definite leak, no one is that smart to manufacture such a leak.

      the email is from Mrs. Lotus' Group PR Manager to Mr. Mark. and Pr exec, Cc'd to the Media List in reply to Mr.Mark. and PR exec's email which was Cc'd to the Media Team.

      so Mrs. Group PR man. accidentally CCd the reply to Media List instead of Media Team. i guess she forgot to reply to all.

      they even give out info on the dates of the test runs on the Nordshleife... I think it's an honest mistake. and Mrs. Group PR Man will get a lot of ^&%$ for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could have told you about the 'S' variant months ago when the few Euro spec Evora's were touring the states for prospective buyers to ride/drive. The reps weren't shy about spilling beans on an upcoming 'S' model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone ever really think there are "leaks"? What a joke; as GM used to think we are stupid ... now all of auto-dom does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it's dsg, nice, if it's smg, poop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it'll probably just be a conventional torque converter automatic with 6 forward speeds. PROTIP: look at what is already on the camry's v6.
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