Lotus would like to sell more Evoras, and it's no secret that there are some customers who want to buy them, if not for the lack of an automatic transmission standing in the way. That hurdle's been cleared for 2012, with the Evora receiving the six-speed automatic that Lotus calls IPS, for Intelligent Precision Shift. Mechanically it is the same Aisin unit found in the Toyota Camry (paired with a supercharged version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V6) upgraded with Lotus electronics and actuators.

Company test driver Matt Becker gives it a whipping around the Lotus test track in the video after the jump. On top of the other upgrades the 2012 Evora gets, it doesn't look like anyone will be upset with the changes.



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      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the fact its the same V6 plant thats in the Camry and I kno that you can get this is maunal ... so im waiting for someone to build a V6 6 speed camry using the trans from this.
      dondonel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent automatic. I don't understand why I cannot have this on a regular Camry, IPS is just a program for the Aisin gearbox. Revmatching on downshift, prompt shifts up and down - what's not to like? Personally I would prefer this setup instead of a DCT. DCT works poorly at slow speeds and when I shift up/down up/down a lot, I get erratic shift times, which I find very frustrating.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      driving on a track with auto? wtf Lotus?
      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      IPS = "We have made a paddle-shift 'box for people who can't shift gears themselves"
        trzjax
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        Common idiot statement.
        Cain Gray
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        I'm voting him up.
        Ernie Mccracken
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        You mean "don't feel like shifting gears"
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ernie Mccracken
          Means, "I want to look macho and sophisticated but I never learned to shift gears so I will cover it up with the paddle-shifter thing."
      • 2 Years Ago
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        mawhalen53
        • 2 Years Ago
        Did you watch the video? It matches revs and will hold redline in manual mode. Seems like a pretty strong unit to me.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mawhalen53
          Especially considering the manual transmission unit's vagueness and refusal to shift is the Achilles' Heel of the Evora S, this shouldnt be too bad.
      Pilg0re
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet you can count the shift times on a calendar.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Getting a little more of that Camry DNA in a sports car? Not good. Using Toyota's motors is one thing, but even with this IPS system, I can't help wonder how much of Toyota's generally-pleasing but bland character is starting to settle into what was once a wonderfully minimalistic company. I guess that mentality was long gone by now though, huh? Wonder what Chapman would have thought of this car. Doubt he would have approved.
        Quen47
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Seeing as how many past Lotuses used workaday Ford and Renault engines, I don't think he would care as long as it was lightweight, involving and grippy in the corners.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      dss10
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watching what is happening to lotus is just as bad as watching what happened to Saab.
        Ernie Mccracken
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dss10
        Nothing is happening to Lotus, they are doing just fine. If you mean that offering an automatic is like downgrading the brand, then you are retarded. It's not like they are no longer offering a manual. Some people are too lazy to shift, and that is OK.
          torqued
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ernie Mccracken
          Too lazy to drive your own sports car isn't really ok in my book. A for-profit company catering to market demands? That's fine.
          The Comeback Kid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ernie Mccracken
          Lazy to shift, ok I agree, but there are some cars that you just don't get in automatic and this is one of them.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Transmission from a Camry. Now, I've seen it all.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you can't drive a stick, you shouldn't buy a Lotus. If it's just that you don't want to make the effort to drive a stick, your stick shift Lotus shouldn't be your only car. Oy.
      toobaud71
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I agree with most comments here in that I would never get this car with an automatic, I have no problem with them offering an automatic if that means increased sales for an excellent but troubled company. I don't like the idea of Porsche selling sedans and SUVs, either, but the money earned from shilling those non-traditional Porsches funded the development of some awesome driver's cars. This is no different. If selling a few Evoras to dentist's wives keeps the company solvent, I say bring it on.
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