• Mar 29, 2011
A spokesperson for Lotus Cars USA has notified us that on Monday, the first Evora S allotment of press cars left its Hethel U.K. factory and headed to port in both the 2+0 and 2+2 seating arrangements.

We already go gaga over the $64,000 276-horsepower Evora 2+0 for its crispy dynamics and on-track lust. Now we have to get a 330-hp Porsche Cayman R ($66,300 before adding a mountain of options) ready to pit against the $75,000, 346-hp fairly loaded Evora S once the latter clears its U.S. port of call at the very end of April.

Scheduled to make its North American debut at the New York auto show on April 21 alongside the 276-hp Evora IPS with automated manual six-speed and paddles at the wheel, the Evora S gets that 25 percent extra supercharged power and 295 pound-feet of torque (a 14 percent increase). In addition, the Sport Pack dynamics calibration button and sport-ratio six-speed manual - accounting for $2,775 in options on the base Evora - plus the more better sport exhaust all come standard on the Evora S.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought we were going to see a Donato Coco re-fresh of this car soon, with a facelift like the recent Lotus concepts, either from Lotus, or Mansory as aftermarket, or both.

      I thought we were supposed to see a removable-roof version. I can imagine that a removable roof shell, similar to the Koniggsegg CCR/CCX/Agera's removable roof, would be slick on this car.

      And why would you compare a fully loaded Evora S, against a Cayman R? Why not compare it to a Cayman S, that is also well equipped? Cayman S is no slouch in itself, even if it is 10hp down, and a few pounds up from the R-model.

      A race-ready stripped down Evora (Evora R, perhaps), would compete with Cayman R.

      S for S, R for R.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, the lack of comments on this article really show how far the Lotus star has fallen... I saw an Evora at an all British car show just after it was launched, and nobody was gathered around it, seemed to notice, or care. If Lotus wants to have - what is it now? - a five model range, it better produce some amazing cars, and that goes double for how they look. This generic shape is not aging well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like these, but will never be able to justify one. That's just a lot of money to pay for something that will always have a gleefully goofy smile and a lack luster power plant.

      Now if it had an 8 cyl, about the same size that rev'd like an exotic should, then maybe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Yawn* ... seriously this car was irrelevant 10 min after it was launched. Hmmm, should I buy a $75K british sports car made from crap laying around the shop (I'm looking at you Toyota Camry engine), with no dealer service support? I'm guessing there's about 12 people that will answer yes just to be different.

      Nice try Lotus. Quit phoning cars in (countdown to next Elise variant) and stick to selling your engineering services if you want to compete in the market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yummy.... I may need one of these in three years @ $49K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please...get rid of the Mazda smiley face soon! Other than that...nice
      • 3 Years Ago
      I suspect the lackluster engine issue is remedied, but I hope they fixed the shifter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very Nice. I'll look forward to seeing one on the road.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry guys, not feeling this one. Used to be, I viewed Lotus (read Esprit) as car porn, this one I just feel sorry for it. The sexiest car to come out of Lotus recently, is the reworked Elise/Exige that they did for Hennessey.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why put a SC on it that only makes brings output to 345hp/295 Lb Ft...

        I would have simply tweaked the 2GR-FSE (is350 motor) which does 311hp/278LbFt and about 175kg. And the Mark X makes 355hp/367LbFt in supercharged form.

        I'm sure Lotus could have tuned it to get the SC numbers without the added weight.
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