2011 Lotus Evora S Test Drive – Lotus Evora S Review – Popular Mechanics

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Powertrains: V6, 345 hp, 295 ft-lb; six-speed manual, RWD

EPA Economy (city/hwy): 17/26 mpg

New: The normally aspirated Evora reached U.S. last spring, and the new souped-up S straps a Harrop HTV 1320 to the Toyota-sourced V6, boosting horsepower to 345 and to 295 ft-lb. The mill meets a manual gearbox, which a more heavy-duty clutch lighter inertia.

Front suspension receives bushings and new upper wishbones to greater castor angles, the rear gets stiffer a thicker antiroll bar and revised Pirelli P-Zero Corsa aid the handling by adding 0.15 of lateral grip. The S upgrades add 122 pounds, for a net curb weight of pounds.

Tech Tidbit: The chassis found in the Lotus is a rigid, lightweight little but the Evora’s is even better. Its tub weighs only 256 pounds, and just 1 degree under the of 26,600 Newton meters 20,000 ft. lbs.) of torque, it more than 2.5 times than the Elise.

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Driving Character: Driving the S is an organic experience. Despite an exhaust note from the 3.5-liter V6, the Evora S’s of 69 horsepower and 37 ft-lb of torque the ordinary Evora give it acceleration with the ability to hit 60 mph in 4.3 6/10 of a tick quicker its normally aspirated stablemate.

The transmission was originally intended for diesel IS200 sedan, and action can feel clunky in gears due to its cable-actuated linkage. But and twisting roads reveal the S’s not-so-secret weapon: an ability to change direction, as wired to the driver’s brain. feel is so vivid that swear the rack-and-pinion setup hydraulically assisted (it is).

The Evora S turns in and rotates at and an afternoon spent lapping Raceway Laguna Seca copious lateral grip the optional Pirelli tires specifically for this car.

mode sharpens throttle raises the redline to 7200 rpm and greater slip angles the traction-control system that the pucker factor. That in handy for us#151;especially when Turn 9, the high-speed left-hander follows Laguna’s famous The supercharger’s added torque more flexibility at the track, brakes by AP Racing work in concert with sticky

Stabbing the brakes at 60 mph brings the S to a halt in 100 feet, flat.

the rambling back roads of the California coast reveals a smoothness from the same that pulled off those heroics. Though larger occasionally shock the Evora chassis, the car has a tendency to glide rough surfaces with motion kept to a minimum, the suspension does the work by up surface irregularities. Road can be noticeable over certain of pavement, but the Evora S nonetheless to strike a seemingly impossible between on-track prowess and driveability.

Favorite Detail: The Lotus S’s suspension spoils you for cars. The magnesium-rimmed steering feels tuned to each and nuance of the road surface while the body obediently And unlike many past the Evora S is comfortable enough to every day.

Indeed, the S’s copious leather and understated aluminum details are a far cry the plasticky, bare-bones interiors in the lower-priced Elise and Exige, a plush side of the famously British brand.

Driver’s If we were plunking down a hundred grand for a car this we’d expect more the drivetrain. Don’t get us wrong: We Toyota’s confidence-inspiring reliability. But also like a sweeter-sounding note and a slicker shifting that didn’t whine and when driven hard on the

At least fans of paddle will be appeased when Intelligent Precision Shift manual appears in 2012.

The Line: It may not have the purr of an exotic or the refinements you’ll from high-end, mainstream manufacturers, but for well-heeled enthusiasts to add a stylish, sporting steed to stable, the Evora S promises and one satisfying ride.

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