• Aug 17, 2010
Lotus Evora S – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Paris Motor Show in just over a month is shaping up to the be one of the biggest shows for Lotus in many decades. While the highlight is expected to be a new supercar successor to the departed Esprit, it apparently won't be alone. At least two additional occupants of the Lotus stand have been accidentally confirmed, including an Evora Automatic and a hotted-up Evora S.

This second iteration of the newest Lotus is expected to receive a supercharger bolted to its 3.5-liter Toyota V6 boosting it up to 350 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The brakes and thermal requirements of the base Evora have reportedly been sized for more powerful models so they won't need upgrading for the S.

A prototype of what's believed to be the Evora S was caught outside the Nürburgring this week preparing for its public debut. The only notable visual difference for the S appears to be a more prominent rear diffuser. Check out the little red devil by taking a closer look at our high-res gallery below.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      If memory serves....aren't most of the old Espirits supercharged v8's? If this is suppose to be a successor, than shouldn't it step it up? But don't get me wrong 3.5 supercharged sounds amazing! Also I am loving the body.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This isn't the Esprit replacement. That's probably being debuted at Paris (unconfirmed). This is an expansion of the Evora line, their mid-tier offering. Lotus is planning three model levels: the Elise/Exige as their entry level/track model, the Evora as their GT/911 fighter, and (supposedly) the Esprit replacement as their halo car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This isn't the successor. This is Lotus' GT and more practical model. A new Esprit is (hopefully) arriving soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just buy an Evora and "upgrade" it to an S?

      This is the kind of thing I've never understood about Lotus. Then again, I've never been in the market for one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same can be said about any car of which there is a faster version...mustang, cayman, mini cooper, etc... Sure it'd be cheaper to slap on your own turbo or charger and you'll prob make more hp but is it easier than paying up front (and financing the extra 10k) and getting it fit under the factory warranty?
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG LOVE. the only thing i need to see now is the new Esprit and my life will be complete :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      After having seen the pictures of the new Stratos above, this one comes almost as an anticlimax. Don't get me wrong: it's nice, but the Stratos is in another design league.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad it uses a thrashy slow revving Toyota lump. No way would I spend that money for a car with a Camry engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lotus reworks a lot of the engine to get it ready for the performance needed to compete with the cars in the same segment
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, this isn't a Camry engine. Stop associating an engine with a car. I could understand if it was powered by a Chevy 305, but you can't base your opinion on a car because of what powers it.

        Seems to me you've not driven the Evora at all. The car is praised for its quick acceleration and the grunt that the engine provides.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car looks "fat"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hardly a spy shot. Lotus tests and tunes their cars on their own test track in Hethel. The only reason they'd bring an Evora without camo to the world's most watched track is for a marketing bump. Good looking car though. The sales reps at Lotus have been talking about it for a year now. Glad to see it come to fruition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      gorgeous and purposeful-looking car, a good friend just bought an Elise and they're amazing in person... and in the passenger seat! i'm curious if Lotus will try and address any of the base models weaknesses, particularly the gearbox which is supposedly an uncharacteristically slow-rower for a car as track day-ready as this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is a short-throw sport shifter option with the Evora that really should be standard. Just get rid of the slow base shifter all together.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't like the roof line and tail too much, but it sure is a fun car.

      Automatic & Lotus??? I don't get it....
      • 4 Years Ago
      it was awarded top trumps in handling, I suppose being a lotus it's not surprising, on almost everything including this set of very stiff competition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsw_aiXr-I0

      And its getting more power for not much extra weight WIN!
      If anyone is interested, Toyota in Australia make a car called the Aurion, which is based off a Camry but has the 3.5ltr Toyota V6, that is in this car. But notably TRD did a limited edition version of the Aurion that has a supercharger with 241 kW (323 hp) 400 N·m (300 lb·ft). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Aurion , Just thought you might like to know. I've driven an 'ordinary' Aurion and the ride is focused more on comfort than sport, as most Toyotas are, but the engine is fantastically smooth and responsive, that's my 2 cents anyway...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully Lotus was able to integrate a charge cooler, because there wasn't room under the bonnet of the Aurion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's a fun car but, uh, maybe retire the Saab 9-5 roofline and the tired Tesla-hijacked silhouette
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it whas Tesla that hijacked the Lotus silhouette...
        • 4 Years Ago
        right. . Tesla-hijacked
        • 4 Years Ago
        I mean 'was'
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