The Lotus Evora S IPS that the company showed drifting all around its test track earlier this year will be available in October, says Car and Driver. The kinder, gentler Lotus is fitted with the six-speed Intelligent Precision Shift transmission, an Aisin unit swiped from the Toyota Camry and retuned with Lotus electronics and actuators.

There are two 'regular' modes and two 'sport' modes on the IPS gearbox. The former include a traditional hands-off automatic and an auto mode with shifts handled by wheel-mounted paddles. The latter are a sport automatic setting that sharpens the car's responses and a manual sport mode for total driver control. The Evora S IPS hits showrooms in October. For now, you can take a look at Lotus' test driver giving it the beans in the video below.



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      ShadowVlican
      • 2 Years Ago
      happy car is happy
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      The affiliations with Toyota are the things keeping me from ever buying a lotus
        Stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shahul X
        and the lack of funds to afford it.
        moderate fringe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shahul X
        Yep, doesn't leak oil or breakdown enough.
        bonehead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shahul X
        If i owned a Lotus, the Toyota made parts would be the only ones i would not worry about. I love Lotus but their build quality in some area like interior is suspect. I dont mind so much that they have Toyota motors in them but i with their price reflected that cost cutting measure more.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, I'm not te biggest fan of Lotus (more of a Subaru/Honda/Jeep/Mercedes fan), but I'm glad that Lotus realizes that even auto enthusiasts nowadays don't buy manuals, due to the usability and fuel economy benefits of automatics. What I'd really like to see is Lotus make its own in-house dual clutch.
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those are some of the best looking wheels I have seen in a while. I wish more people would buy this instead of a 911. I know the porsche is better, but it is such a douchey car.
        OnTheRocks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joey Mcfreely
        If I'm going to spend nearly $100,000 dollars, I'll get the better car no matter how "douchey" it is.
      spam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think a sports car sharing parts with Camry is always going to catch a bit of flak regardless of any tweaks made to the parts. Couldn't Lotus use the IS350 automatic, similar to the Toyobaru BRZ86 to make the perception a bit better?!
        Kip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @spam
        The part to focus on is not that the transmission is from a Camry (or IS or BRZ). The focus is that the off the shelf box has been tuned by Lotus. The mechanicals are the same as a Camry, but it doesn't mean it's the same as the one driving the Camry. Modern transmissions are more about the programming and less about the hardware. If Lotus has proven anything over the years, it's proven to be an excellent tuner of existing hardware (e.g. the Ford OHC, the Toyota 2zz, the original Chevy ZR1 engine, etc.).
      RaymondC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before everyone yells "it's a terrible idea!", don't forget that thanks to modern electronics, automatic transmissions no longer need a lot of hydraulic and mechanical parts like in the past. As such, they've been reduced in size dramatically, and also shift faster than the automatics of old. After all, if Hyundai can put a six-speed automatic into the Accent sedan/hatchback....
        AXEL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RaymondC
        Is the transmission a slushbox still? I didn't see mention of it using clutches.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AXEL
          It still has a torque converter, yes, but again, lock up torque converters, electronic controls, and adaptive shift logic has closed the gap. Hell, the CTS-V that set a sedan record on the Nordschleife was using the automatic transmission.
      Screaminlimey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having driven various Lotus (Excel, Caterham 7), and such RWD cars Cosworth Scorpio M5 I would never buy an automatic Lotus even paddle shifters yuck a driver needs to know when to change up and also ready a downshift for engine braking or a exit on a turn, I have no idea what there thinking probably pandering to the US market where people dont know how to drive stick, IMO if you cannot handle a stickshift you have no place in one of these cars -, my other gripe is that they always put some kak 4 cylinder engine then add mult-ivalves and turbo's instead of building there own engine - such as magnesium blocks and a minimum of 4 litres V8, TVR for years stroked Rover V8's with great success but i dont understand they keep harking back to the days of Colin Chapman racing a Super 7 1200cc they always make the engine half what it should be they ran with the 901 4 cylinder unit for 16 years until finally putting the proper V8 in the Esprit.
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