Lotus Evora by Mansory – Click above for high-res image gallery

With a whole raft of new models in the pipeline, Lotus has some very big plans for the future. But what does that mean for its existing lineup – most notably the Evora, the newest among them? Earlier reports indicated that Lotus was working on a substantial facelift for the mid-engined 2+2 to bring it in line with its more aggressive new design language. And it very well might be still. But that's not what Lotus has in store for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Instead, Lotus is asking the public, "Is it always wise to customize?" Well from our point of view, it's certainly not always prudent, but it can be sometimes. From our perspective, precious few of those times, unfortunately, are realized when Mansory is involved, as the tuner dubiously improves on production vehicles as it typically does with outlandish paint jobs and garish interiors. But every once in a while, Mansory gives an existing car a re-skin – usually in carbon fiber – that makes us stop and take another look. Like the Aston Martin DB9 Cyrus and the Bugatti Veyron Vincero. And so it appears to have done with the Lotus Evora.

Commissioned by the factory, Mansory's take on the Evora is meant to demonstrate what's possible in the aftermarket. It looks kitted-out with enough carbon to make an F1 car jealous, but we'll reserve final judgment for when we see it in person at the fast-approaching show. In the meantime, you're invited (lucky you) to follow the jump for the official statement and check out the pair of images released in the gallery below.

[Source: Lotus]
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Is It Always Wise to CUSTOMISE?

Who: Lotus

What: The multi-award winning Lotus Evora as you've never seen it before.

Where: The Lotus stand, Geneva Motor Show, Hall 1, Stand 1031

When: 2.15pm, Tuesday 1st March 2011

Why: Because we can. And because we know you're curious......

So you don't want to wait until Geneva? No problem, click on the 'undercover' image above or go to the 'news' section of www.lotusnewera.com for a sneak preview.

Let's be clear on this: contrary to media reports, what you'll see in Geneva is NOT an Evora facelift. It's a taste of the future of Lotus product customisation. Merely the first toe in the water and a showcase of the potential future.

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