2011 Lotus Evora S |MotorWeek

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Lotus Evora

Episode 3101

Famed Colin Chapman founded cars with a less is philosophy that has stood the of time: all else being a small lightweight chassis out-perform a heavier car in the long Nimble handling, short and quick acceleration have hallmarks of Lotus brand cars since the beginning, and the Evora S hits all those … center.

Quickness with the addition of a Harrop to the Evora’s already highly mid-mounted Toyota v6. Compared to the we tested last spring, jumps 69 to 345, while rises to 295 pound-feet, a gain of 37.

The chassis tub – made of aluminum that’s bonded than welded – just 440 pounds, including the and rear subframes. The S adds bushings, a new front upper for increased castor, and revised Curb weight is a scant pounds, and doing the math just 9.2 pounds per horsepower. the sport button activates an bypass valve, raises the to 7200 rpm, and improves response.

It also alters the control system to allow oversteer in turns. The result? The S driver is not just connected to the he or she is hard-wired through the steering.

Our drag strip slalom has never felt so ho-hum. every twisty back between home and track a direct path to nirvana. hard to believe the S improves on the Evora’s response, but it does. quality, however, remains good thanks to a long-for-its-size wheelbase.

The S also has a notably feel than the standard Torque hits a sweet from 2500 to 4500 Launches catapult you off the line. while new shift cables action, long throws and a feel still impede changes.

Clutch engagement, however, is as is.

Lotus claims a 4.3-second 0 to 60 a number that we couldn’t match in test day’s 95 heat. But we felt somewhat by a 12.8-second quarter mile at 107 per hour. On a longer straight, little rocket will top out at a 172. Our S wore 19 front, and rear Pirelli p-zero tires.

Behind them are AP four-piston calipers on cross-drilled They hauled our S quickly to a in a scant 105 feet from 60. The fade was in our drivers as they to keep their eyeballs in

Lotus Evora

Our Evora S came decked out in a red hue, and everything about it sports car! As we’ve before, the Evora’s smoother is more … than the Elise and Exige. From the meshed grill and elongated to the hood and profile character the fluid motion looks

At the back are wide eyed a wing, center exhaust, and the and proud lotus name all the way across the car.

The interior is changed from before. upscale and business-like and not nearly as as it looks. But, eccentric and components, plus less stellar fit and finish, make it more kit car than limited While the Evora is a 2+2, our car without the child only seat. The package shelf is useful.

Another practical note, fuel economy ratings for the S are 17 city and 26 highway. Our mixed returned a heavy footed mpg on premium.

But just how practical is it to own a Evora S? Reasonably, is our answer. The S for $77,175. That’s not bad for such a stunning to see, and superb to machine.

Still, we think the Evora’s interior fitment, and a vague need immediate attention. like the new Audi TT-RS, not to Porsche Cayman and 911, in those departments.

Lotus is to be commended for sticking to their idealism as the Evora S is overall an mix of nimbleness, performance and exclusivity. specialized attention is needed to this blossom from And we can’t wait for Lotus to to the challenge.

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