• Aug 26th 2010 at 5:59PM
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Lotus Evora S and Evora IPS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Not long after Lotus accidentally leaked its plans to unveil two new Evoras at this year's Paris Motor Show, we now have the full details weeks before the dynamic duo make their public debut. The Evora S and IPS (which stands for "Intelligent Precision Shift" or "automatic transmission" in layman's terms) will nicely fill out the Evora range, and we're aching to get our hands on the former.

For the Evora S, Lotus has tweaked the Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 to produce 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque – gains of 69 hp and 37 lb-ft over the standard car. The run from 0-60 happens in just 4.8 seconds and top speed has been raised to 172 miles per hour. What's more, the Evora S comes standard with a sport button that allows the driver to control the throttle response and activate an exhaust bypass valve. On top of that, pressing the magic switch increases the rev limiter and changes the stability control settings, and we imagine that the end result is more than pulse-quickening.

On the tamer side of things, Lotus is also offering the Evora IPS with its new six-speed automatic transmission, featuring both fully automatic and manual shift modes. The two-pedal Evora uses paddle shifters to control gear selection, and buttons are housed on the center console to switch between the standard PRND drive modes. Power has not been changed for the Evora IPS, and thankfully, Lotus has managed to develop a slushbox that doesn't add any weight to the Evora. After all, lightness is key.

We anticipate a full raft of high-resolution photos to be released closer to the official Paris show debut, but for now, scroll through the small gallery below and follow the jump to read the official release from Lotus.

[Source: Lotus]
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It's an Evora but not as you know it

Ahead of the official unveil at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th, Lotus announce the latest evolution of the award winning Evora – the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option.

Lotus has taken the award winning* Evora and re-created it with a 350 PS 3.5l V6 engine to create the Evora S. Dany Bahar Lotus' Chief Executive Officer summed it up beautifully when he said: "You don't realise what you were missing from your driving experience until you get behind the wheel of the Evora S."

So apart from the obvious power difference, how is the Evora S different to the standard Evora? It's another question we put to the CEO (given that he's spent a little time behind the wheel, we thought he'd be best placed to answer questions). This is what he said: "It's the next level of Evora experience. It communicates with you better, the suspension setting has been fine tuned for added power and control so it responds even more to direction. It's an instinctual car, the experience is pure."
"We were proud of the Evora but we're even prouder of the Evora S, I feel like it does the true Lotus experience justice. The really great thing is that as we move forward the standard Evora should also benefit from some of these developments."

The Evora S comes with a sport pack as standard featuring a 'sport' button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve. The sport button also raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings resulting in a total experience change. There are cross-drilled brakes for improved cooling. And here's a heads up for those who buy into the old adage 'you can tell the men from the boys by the size of their toys': the external emotion of the Evora S has been improved with a completely new active exhaust which means that at the push of a button the car sounds just as dramatic as it feels.

Commenting on the Evora S, Lotus Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann said: "The Evora S is a natural progression for us but more than that, it's a taste of what people can come to expect from the next generation of Lotus cars. It retains core Lotus values such as performance through lightweight but it also gives more than that. It's the perfect combination of top performance, style and comfort. Form doesn't sacrifice function in the case of the Evora S."

So there you have it folks, the next generation of Lotus Evora, the Evora S, set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

But that's not all. In addition to the Evora S, Lotus also presents the IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option. This inception of the seven-time-award-winning (who's counting? We are!) Evora sees an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission control with a 3.5 l V6 engine delivering 280 PS assuring a superior automatic driving experience.
The IPS version of the Evora allows the driver to switch between manual paddle shift and automatic drive modes. The driver also has the option of selecting 'sport' mode which showcases the Lotus sport driving experience allowing the driver to really feel each gear shift and be in complete control of the transmission.

Commenting on the development Dany Bahar said: "The Evora IPS is set to broaden the appeal of the Evora and reach out to a slightly different market. We hope it will be popular with established automatic locations such as Asia, the Middle East and the US. It's been a long time since Lotus created an automatic and we've spent a great deal of time refining this one to make sure that it perfectly complements the Evora drive experience."

Evora S Technical Specification

Model Evora S
Engine - Mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-I
Emissions see below due to wheel options
Transmission - 6 speed manual
Chassis - Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
Steering - Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted power steering
Suspension - Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension
Bilstein high performance gas dampers
Eibach coaxial coil springs

Performance data

Standard wheel option
Fuel consumption - urban 14.5 l/100km
Fuel consumption – extra urban 7.4 l/100km
Fuel consumption - combined 10.0l/100km
CO2 Emissions 235 g/km

19/20" wheel option
Fuel consumption - urban 14.6 I/100km
Fuel consumption – extra urban 7.6 I/100km
Fuel consumption - combined 10.2 I/100km
CO2 Emissions 239 g/km

Max power - 350 PS / 257.5 kW @ 7000 rpm
Max torque - 400 Nm / 295 lb ft @ 4500 rpm
0-60 mph - 4.6s
0-100 km/h 4.8s
Maximum speed - 172mph
Vehicle mass (unladen) - 1437kg

Evora IPS Option Technical Specification

Engine - Mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-I
Emissions - 208 g/km
Transmission Electronically controlled 6 speed automatic
Chassis Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
Steering Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted power steering
Suspension Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension
Bilstein high performance gas dampers
Eibach coaxial coil springs

Performance data

Fuel consumption - urban 12.6 l/100km
Fuel consumption – extra urban 6.6 l/100km
Fuel consumption - combined 8.8 l/100km
CO2 Emissions 208 g/km

Max power - 280 PS / 206 KW @ 6400rpm
Max torque - 350 Nm / 258 lb ft @ 4700rpm
0-60 mph - 5.3s
0-100 km/h - 5.5s
Maximum speed - 155mph
Vehicle mass (unladen) - 1436 kg

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm wondering why they didn't start with the combo port/direct-injected 2GR-FSE in the first place for the regular Evora.

      Also, The layout of the new transmission's controls reminds me of those for the ZF 6-speed auto for the DB9.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "a sport button that allows the driver to control the throttle response and activate an exhaust
      bypass valve"

      What's the point of that in a Lotus I wonder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AMcA, there is the slight chance that no-one cares about the auto. At all. Except you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like supercharging too me

      Thats almost identical power that the TRD Aurion made in Australia with a supercharged version of that 3.5L engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just a quick conversion, the supercharged TRD Aurion in Australia made 295lb/ft (400nm) and 323hp (241kw).

        "Lotus has tweaked the Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 to produce 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque"

        Im not suggesting the Toyota engine in this application is DEFINITELY supercharged don't get me wrong, but the torque numbers are identical to that of the 3.5 supercharged TRD Aurion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      295ft-lbs doesn't sound like they installed an intercooler.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry Elmo, it is supercharged.
        Toyota's 2gr-fe with TVS supercharger, ala Aurion makes 323hp@6400, 295ft-lbs@4000.
        This is tuned higher to 345hp@7000, 295ft-lbs@4500

        No direct injection & no intercooler is why the torque isn't that much higher than the 2gr-fse 6.5%
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would they need an intercooler? It's not force inducted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        See where is says the supercharged Evora S

        The torque graph of the supercharged Aurion is pretty smooth, and has a nice plateau. So shifting peak torque by 500rpm is just a matter of fine tuning.
        (overly smoothed version, but you get the idea)

        Now Elmo if you would have posited that Lotus used the 1gr-fe longer stroke crankshaft in the Evora S, that would have been far more believable than a tuned 3.5 liter version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just love how you keep copying everything that has already been said and making it seem like you already knew lol. You could of just said "Go look on the 2nd page", but no. It seems you wanted to take credit.

        Again, though...

        JUST because the numbers are the same (specifically the torque numbers you keep referring to), doesn't mean the engine is the same supercharged unit found in the Aurion TRD. In fact, the torque rating might be the same in both cars, but they achieve those numbers at different RPM levels.

        TRD Aurion:
        295ft. lbs.@4000RPM

        Lotus Evora S:
        295ft. lbs.@4500RPM

        Also, you're showing your ignorance more and more when you keep repeating "TVS supercharger". "TVS" stands for Twin-Vortices supercharger. So you're basically saying Twin-Vortices supercharger supercharger. Hey, you ever use an ATM machine? lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mind showing me proof of this? You'd think Lotus would of put that in their own press release. It's like you somehow work for them, but we all know you don't. Because none of the articles on this car say anything about it being supercharged.

        JUST because the Australian Aurion's unit is supercharged, DOES NOT mean that you HAVE to supercharge the same engine to get the same output. Your logic is a bit out of whack.

        The same 2GR in the IS350 produces 311hp without forced induction. Think about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Firstly there are no transverse applications of the 2gr-fse, and no longitudinal applications of 2gr-fe.
        In the USA, 306hp 277ft-lbs for the IS, 303hp 274ft-lbs for GS

        Lotus is still bound by emissions rules, so no 'fairy dust' was sprinkled on the engine and magically makes more torque at peak power than the regular version makes at peak torque.
        Regular 2gr-fe make 258ft-lbs of peak torque, supercharged version makes 259ft-lbs@7000
        TVS supercharger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish the Lexus IS had that engine/setup. Lotus and Lexus, sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-Gee! If only =/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why have that much when you have 415hp in the IS-F from a 5.0L V8?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be seriously impressed if the automatic transmission added no additional weight over the manual. But this isn't the whole story. The Evora S and the "IPS" automatic version weigh the same, yes. But the IPS is the same as the base Evora, except for the transmission. And the base Evora weighs 1382kg. So the automatic essentially adds 54kg, or 119lbs. Which is not nothing.
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is what I am betting on since that is the case with previous S tagged lotuses. But since it doesn't say I'm not 100% sure. Either way, it sounds like alotta fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please don't compare a Ferrari v8 to a Toyota v6 just because they share a similar capacity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Lexus version of the motor has direct injection to make that extra power and that's not something that's easily added by Lotus. Not to mention that it'd make more sense just to buy the 2GR-FSE from Toyota instead if that's what you're after.
        I'm curious if this is simply a supercharger or if Lotus has managed to do some sort of all-motor tuning work on the 2GR-FE. The torque gains are low enough that it might actually be all motor but then again it might just be purposely limited to be able to stick with the same transmission/clutch/etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You do know that Toyota and Honda make some kick ass racing engines right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be nice if Toyota have Valvematic on the 2gr-fe.
      Toyota's version could be 0.5mm to 10.5mm of intake valve lift, and Lotus' could be 1mm to 11mm.
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