First U.S.-bound Lotus Evora S batch heads to U.K. port

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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