2012 Lotus Evora

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Engine Engine 3.5LV-6
MPG MPG 18 City / 26 Hwy
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2012 Evora Overview

Few cars possess the allure of a Lotus.Known in its early years for remarkable racecars engineered by company founder Colin Chapman, the British marque remains famous for producing exotic road cars with distinctive styling and dynamic performance in a lightweight, efficient package.

The Lotus Evora is no exception.Sleek and trackworthy, it straddles the line between true enthusiast machine and flashy commute-mobile, and is compelling enough to elicit comments from well-heeled executives to old hippies in panel vans who declare it bitchin'.Now that the smaller, sportier Elise and Exige models have been discontinued in the U.S., the Evora is left as Lotus's only passenger car on the market.

What separates the Evora from other near-$100,000 sports cars is the focus on a pure, unadulterated driving experience.Unlike other carmakers who cram their sports models with every conceivable driver aid and entertainment techno-gadget, Lotus forgoes many of today's expected creature comforts in favor of engineering and technology that enables drivers to be more engaged, instead of relying on a profusion of electronics.

The engines used in the Lotus Evora are decidedly non-exotic, namely, a version of the Toyota V6 found in the Camry.But that's a good thing, as it means reliability and relatively inexpensive replacement parts.Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, dubbed Intelligent Precision Shift, or IPS (currently available on the base Evora and forthcoming on the Evora S in Summer 2012).The Lotus-developed automatic gearbox features paddle shifters as well as a full automatic mode.

The Evora S is a supercharged-version of the Evora that churns out 345 horsepower, a 25 percent power boost over the base model.Torque tops out at 295 pound-feet at 4500 rpm.Visually, the Evora S differentiates itself with black outside mirror housings and a modified rear diffuser.The S packs an additional 122 pounds over the base Evora, but with its stiffer suspension and new forged aluminum control arms, you'd hardly know it when darting through the esses on a mountain road or a world-class racetrack.The extra power shaves the 0-60 mph time down to 4.3 seconds with the manual transmission.

The Evora 2+2 is the same size as the standard version except they've stuffed a little seat behind the driver and passenger.

For 2012, Evora comes standard with its Sports-Ratio 6-Speed manual gearbox, previously a $1,500 option.Naturally aspirated Evoras also get a new exhaust system found in earlier model years only on the Evora S.For 2012, Lotus ditches the old Alpine navigation display for a more upscale Pioneer head unit on all cars equipped with the optional Technology Package.There's also a new gearshift knob, new wheel designs, a modified exterior paint color scheme and additional interior colors.A new Premium Sport optional interior package gives the Evora cabin an even sportier appearance.All 2012 Evora models come with additional leather interior trim not found on 2011 models, including on door pull handles and air vent surrounds.

Also new is the 2012 Evora S GP edition which features a special black and gold exterior paint scheme, gold-painted wheels, red brake calipers, the Premium Package with …
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2012 Evora Overview

Few cars possess the allure of a Lotus.Known in its early years for remarkable racecars engineered by company founder Colin Chapman, the British marque remains famous for producing exotic road cars with distinctive styling and dynamic performance in a lightweight, efficient package.

The Lotus Evora is no exception.Sleek and trackworthy, it straddles the line between true enthusiast machine and flashy commute-mobile, and is compelling enough to elicit comments from well-heeled executives to old hippies in panel vans who declare it bitchin'.Now that the smaller, sportier Elise and Exige models have been discontinued in the U.S., the Evora is left as Lotus's only passenger car on the market.

What separates the Evora from other near-$100,000 sports cars is the focus on a pure, unadulterated driving experience.Unlike other carmakers who cram their sports models with every conceivable driver aid and entertainment techno-gadget, Lotus forgoes many of today's expected creature comforts in favor of engineering and technology that enables drivers to be more engaged, instead of relying on a profusion of electronics.

The engines used in the Lotus Evora are decidedly non-exotic, namely, a version of the Toyota V6 found in the Camry.But that's a good thing, as it means reliability and relatively inexpensive replacement parts.Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, dubbed Intelligent Precision Shift, or IPS (currently available on the base Evora and forthcoming on the Evora S in Summer 2012).The Lotus-developed automatic gearbox features paddle shifters as well as a full automatic mode.

The Evora S is a supercharged-version of the Evora that churns out 345 horsepower, a 25 percent power boost over the base model.Torque tops out at 295 pound-feet at 4500 rpm.Visually, the Evora S differentiates itself with black outside mirror housings and a modified rear diffuser.The S packs an additional 122 pounds over the base Evora, but with its stiffer suspension and new forged aluminum control arms, you'd hardly know it when darting through the esses on a mountain road or a world-class racetrack.The extra power shaves the 0-60 mph time down to 4.3 seconds with the manual transmission.

The Evora 2+2 is the same size as the standard version except they've stuffed a little seat behind the driver and passenger.

For 2012, Evora comes standard with its Sports-Ratio 6-Speed manual gearbox, previously a $1,500 option.Naturally aspirated Evoras also get a new exhaust system found in earlier model years only on the Evora S.For 2012, Lotus ditches the old Alpine navigation display for a more upscale Pioneer head unit on all cars equipped with the optional Technology Package.There's also a new gearshift knob, new wheel designs, a modified exterior paint color scheme and additional interior colors.A new Premium Sport optional interior package gives the Evora cabin an even sportier appearance.All 2012 Evora models come with additional leather interior trim not found on 2011 models, including on door pull handles and air vent surrounds.

Also new is the 2012 Evora S GP edition which features a special black and gold exterior paint scheme, gold-painted wheels, red brake calipers, the Premium Package with …Hide Full Review