Lotus
has just announced a new Evora 'Sports Racer' model that is, well, frankly not much more sporty or racy than the standard Evora or Evora S. Instead, the British company calls the Sports Racer a "visually enhanced and optimized version" of both the Evora and supercharged Evora S. To unpack that a little: The new trim will get a new set of unique exterior colors and a revised interior treatment, and it's fully decked out with options.

The 'Sports Racer' will be available in the buyer's choice of Carbon Grey, Nightfall Blue and the Ardent Red that you see in the image above (the only image we've seen of the car so far). Gloss black accents set the model apart and can be seen on the roof, forged wheels, mirrors and rear badges. Inside, one may choose between black-leather sports seats with red piping and stitching, or a Venom Red leather interior with black piping and stitching. How naughty.

In terms of tech, the 'Sports Racer' gets Lotus' Sports Pack and its remapped throttle response, higher redline, more powerful cross-drilled brakes and a more aggressively programmed Dynamic Performance Management system. The stereo system is also upgraded from the basic Evora, with a DVD player and seven-inch touchscreen display thrown in for good measure.

The whole shebang will run European and British customers 57,900 pounds ($94,145 at today's exchange rates) for the Evora, and 65,900 pounds ($107,153) for the Evora S. At least for the moment, it appears this 'Sports Racer' package will be a UK- and Europe-only spec, which, at least saves North American buyers from having to use this Lotus' awkward single-quote trim name. See the full press release below.
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THE LOTUS EVORA JUST GOT BETTER!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 13:15

For serious drivers, the new Lotus Evora 'Sports Racer' – its impressive performance is matched only by its impressive value.

It's been a busy year for Lotus; the arrival of the acclaimed Exige S; featured marque at the Goodwood Festival of Speed; a new flagship retail store in Regent Street; third place in the F1 Drivers' Championship and fourth in the F1 Constructors' Championship; and amongst various racing exploits, another series win for a Lotus with an Evora GTC taking the MSA British Endurance Championship.

Following the excitement of this race series win, the new Evora 'Sports Racer' is a visually enhanced and optimised version of the mid-engined 3.5 litre V6 sports car, available in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged variants. The Evora 'Sports Racer' proves its value on the pocket, as well as on the road and track - it delivers phenomenal performance, exclusive style, incredible excitement and genuine affordability!

Here are three main factors that set the 'Sports Racer' apart from the existing Evora range; firstly, it receives a unique exterior colour scheme with an optimised interior to match. Secondly, it comes fully loaded, boasting Lotus' ultimate specification. While thirdly, it's more affordable than ever, representing great value. Here's the detail:

Aesthetics:
The Evora 'Sports Racer' is available in a choice of four colours: Aspen White, Carbon Grey, Nightfall Blue and Ardent Red. To stand out from the crowd, the 'Sports Racer' receives unique contrasting accents of gloss black across the roof, front splitter, rear diffuser and side sills, exaggerating the Evora's aggressive stance and sleek silhouette. Further black elements include black rear badging, black door mirror pods and gloss black forged wheels with a choice of either red or black brake calipers which all work to give the 'Sports Racer' a more dramatic and focused appearance.

Inside, the 2+2 seating option is standard and comes adorned with black leather 'Premium Sports' seats trimmed with red contrast piping and stitching. The dash, doors and centre console receive a liberal dose of Slate Grey SuedeTexTM with red contrast stitching, highlighting the car's sporting character.

Like your interiors a bit louder? Go for Venom Red leather 'Premium Sports' seats with black contrast piping and stitching. All Evora 'Sport Racer' interiors are complemented by gunmetal dashboard panels, as is standard in the Evora S.

Gadgets:
The Evora 'Sports Racer' comes loaded with optional extras as standard. The 'Sports Pack' provides switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), sports diffuser and cross-drilled brake discs. The 'Tech Pack' provides upgraded speakers and stereo system, DVD player, 7" WVGA touch screen display, Bluetooth® mobile phone connection, USB connection for various iPod® models, MP3 players and memory sticks, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control and rear parking sensors. This is topped of with electric power-fold mirrors and a reversing camera as standard.

Price:
Available in the UK and across Europe, the Evora 'Sports Racer' adds outstanding value to the already exceptional Evora range, priced in the UK at £57,900* for the Evora with 280 PS or £65,900* for the 350 PS supercharged Evora S. For UK customers, the cost benefits are clear; by opting for the pre-packaged Evora 'Sports Racer' savings range from £6,450 to £7,150 respectively.

Lotus Evora Race Cars
This year Team Bullrun won the title in the MSA British Endurance Championship in the newly developed Evora GTC and Alex Job Racing has been enjoying success in the ALMS series with the Evora GTE. Meanwhile, the Evora GT4 has been racing successfully in the Brazilian GT, the Iberian Supercar Trophy, Campeonato de España/IBER GT, Cameonato de Portugal GT, the Dutch GT championship and 24 hour races in Dubai, Barcelona and at Silverstone. The Evora GT4 is also competing in Lotus Cup series across the globe.


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      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better name than some idiotic numeric alphabet soup for a name.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        BMW would call it the Lotus Evora Elise Sedan GT. Infiniti would call it the Lotus Evora IQ SR35
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oddly named only to the North American market. In Europe, that kind of name for a car would be pretty normal.
      rtkewley
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem that Lotus has with the Evora is...the Porsche Boxster/Cayman. The Evora is IMHO better looking, and more 'exotic' (ie. rarer), but the Porsches are better performers overall, are better built, and are pretty much guaranteed to have better long term parts and service support, residual value, etc. While I would consider the purchase of an Evora, when I look at the premium you pay both up front and over the life of the car for less performance and worse reliability/durability, it just doesn't make sense. It appears the market agrees, as to my knowledge the Evora (the only Lotus currently offered for US sale) isn't exactly flying off the shelves.
        CarNutMike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rtkewley
        Despite being a former (happy!) serial Esprit owner, I completely agree. I consider Toyota power to be a big issue too. I get the cost/reliability/develpment issues but CamryPowa in your $75k "exotic" just doesn't do it for me. They do look really, really good on the road though.
          ilikedags
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CarNutMike
          former lotus owner here too. i'm fine with the toyota engine/tranny. it'll last forever and be cheap to keep running. i have my eye on an evora s. just waiting for used prices to come down. as a value proposition, the car new is too expensive for what it is.
      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      A sports racer is a race car that is open top, lightweight, and generally has a small displacement engine. In the early days they were barely street legal cars like the Jaguar C type or the Lotus Eleven. Later they became dedicated race cars. Some of the best sports racers have been made by Lotus so they should know that the Evora is everything a sports racer is not - overweight, closed top, and comfortable. This is another desperate marketing ploy by the folks at Lotus to put some lipstick on their pig. Some good sports racer examples include a Radical SR3, the Lotus Two Eleven, SCCA Sports 2000, or the perfect example from the Lotus archives, a Lotus 23.
      John Hansen
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a Coke bottle C3 Corvette! Hurrah!
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Hansen
        It does?
          John Hansen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @joejoe509
          Yeah, check it out... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1982_Corvette_Coupe.jpg The pinched mid-section, highlighted by dark cladding on the bottom, was one of the primary stylistic elements of the C3 Corvette. It's a very beautiful element too, so it's nice to see it come back.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm is the next model gonna be called the Cesaria Evora?
      s tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the side, it reminds me of a pantera. The looks are just not quite right tho
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