• Feb 4, 2011
According to Autocar, the Lotus Evora has a date with the plastic surgeon. The site is reporting that the decisionmakers at the sports car manufacturer have opted to put their 2+2 under the knife for a quick revision. The move is an attempt to jolt the Evora's sales, which are said to be lackluster. Apparently, the current face of the car isn't aggressive enough for Donato Coco, Lotus' new design boss. The British publication even has what it says is a grainy leaked image of the substantial redo. If accurate, the new tweaks appear to focus mainly on the car's mouth, and under Coco's direction, we should expect to see the more aggressive visage sometime soon.
Likewise, Lotus plans to turn its design crew loose on the vehicle's interior as well. The new cabin is said to boast a higher level of standard equipment and a healthier focus on fit, finish and materials as well. Autocar reports that the revised Evora will likely hit dealers late this year as a 2012 model to serve as a stopgap between the company's current stable of old hardware and the new fleet set to arrive in 2013.



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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that's quick. I like the current look, but I'd drop it like a sack of potatoes if a new one came out looking like that rendering. Yowza.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The current Evora looks very much as if Saturn had designed it. It would have looked perfect with a Saturn badge on the hood. And if you can't tell, this is NOT a compliment.

      I do think that the current Elise and Exige look absolutely gorgeous by any measure.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also, the Autocar article mentions the mulling of Lotus using it's own engines, instead of toyota's engines.

      My suggestion is to cooperate with McLaren Automotive, and further expand their MP4-12C's V8, and maybe bring that design a bit down-market for their cars, without turbos in some-cases perhaps. Plus producing more of them will increase the economies of scale, too.

      McLaren, Lotus, and Aston Martin could all cooperate on engines. V8, TT-V8 for all, and a V12 for Aston and McLaren to use, then cut the V12 in half for a V6 for Lotus to use, too.

      I kind of wish those companies could merge, and maybe buy the rights to TVR back from Smolenski, as well, since he doesn't seem able to use it. (cut the V12 down the middle for an Inline-6 for TVR... new Speed6 engine, as well as using the V8 and V12.)

      Two tiers of cars. One under $100K price-points, the other tier above $100K.
      Under $100K:
      TVR front-engined sports cars of various sizes, maybe a sport sedan, too.
      Lotus mid-engined sports cars of various sizes, and some race cars in certain classes.

      Over $100K:
      Aston Martin front engined luxury sports cars of various sizes, including the Rapide sport sedan.
      McLaren mid-engined super-cars, and race car classes above those of Lotus, like LeMans prototypes and F1.

      Maybe a Lagonda luxury saloon or Range Rover competitor SUVs, now that the germans have Rolls and Bentley, and Tata in India has Jag and Land Rover.

      That would be a nicely integrated british automotive conglomerate, but that is just me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        While I doubt that those companies would ever merge, that would be a great idea. It could also just be putting all of the eggs in one basket and if they fall, we lose all of those great brands. Of course TVR and Lotus are the two I care about the most and neither of them is making anything compelling now that Lotus is fattening up / moving up-market and TVR is a Russian's toy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      IMHO, Lotus should have gone down-market instead of up-market.

      - The luxury sports car market (e.g. 911) is already crowded with companies with more money and clout than Lotus. Even Porsche had to branch out into SUVs.
      - The budget sports car market (e.g. Focus RS) is ripe for competition, but is ignored by most automakers - it's too small for companies like Honda and too low-price for companies like Porsche - leaving room for Lotus.
      - Lotus doesn't have the build-quality to produce a proper luxury-level vehicle, but their cars would be acceptable when cross-shopped with special-editions of economy-cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would agree with you.

        I would love for the elise and exige to stay affordable, or even get more affordable than current.

        I would love to see the Lotus Elite concept built at Lexus IS sort of price points, even if the roof didn't fold, it lost the hybrid stuff, and had a V6 standard, and V8 optional. It could BE the lotus-branded Coupe alternative to the IS, even built on the same platform with Lotus tuning.

        Losing the folding mechanism, the hybrid stuff, and offering a 6-cylinder would drop the weight, too. The Elite was already doing pretty well at 3600lbs or so with all that hardware and a luxury grade interior. Without as much of that stuff... 3200-3300lbs for a 2+2 GT Coupe with Elite's styling would be quite possible, and a 35-50K price-point range.

        That is what I was hoping for when I saw the Elite concept... and I wanted it BADLY. 190K is unobtanium, and doesn't matter to me at that point.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or you could make it not super overpriced or a porker (for a Lotus).
      • 3 Years Ago
      HP or price would help for sure. However, it looks waaayy too much like the Tesla Roadster. Changing a few body panels will cost less and earn more than adding power or reducing price therefore reducing resale and thus turning off customers.

      Sound decision in my opinion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoever did that rendering did good work. I would expect to have changes to the headlamps as well though.

      So does this mean that the Elan will not be replacing the Evora?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the current Evora. The facelook leak looks pretty good as well. If it drives down the price of the current models then that just means I can get one in the next year or two instead of 3.

      I'll take one in Burnt Orange please.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the Evora's sluggish sales have more to do with the cars price and hp. For $80+k I could get a 911 or a car with less hp from a Toyota V-6?
        Carlos
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or you could get a GTR :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        A lotus buyer would never consider a GTR: It's a completely opposite philosophy... In a lotus you drive the car, in a GTR, you steer it and the computers drive the car. Very fast, but no where near as rewarding.
      • 3 Years Ago
      IF the Evora comes back looking like the new concepts, that will be slick.

      The soft front end with the cartoon grin is the biggest let-down. The headlights aren't bad, but the front bumper cover is not good.

      And the roof should be blacked out, or smoke-tinted transparent, or even removable.

      The back end wasn't bad, but should be sharpened if the front end is.

      The lotus Elite concept is one of my favorites ever... if the Evora gets a taste of that styling, it could be a big improvement.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The move is an attempt to jolt the Evora's sales, which are said to be lackluster." Well no duh, you shouldn't have bombarded the world with all those next-gen models so close to the release of the Evora... oh and I hear the gearbox blows.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Evora sales are "lackluster", then Lotus' other fatter and more expensive new models won't have a chance.
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