Drive – Lotus Evora Review

25 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Lotus Evora Review

Like other Lotuses, the tempts with sleek delivering on the mystique that, to extent, defines the brand.

The Evora will be a rare on Australian roads, with 30 to 40 cars available this

Price and equipment

The Evora is that spending 150 grand necessarily guarantee you’ll get in the way of fancy gear. Sure, air-conditioning, leather seats, computer and power windows, as as the obligatory alloy wheels, are larger at the rear.

Cruise That’s part of the $8200 Pack, which also things like a better system with touch-screen and satellite navigation, Bluetooth, parking sensors and a tyre monitoring system with a display in the instrument cluster.

while there’s some full leather trim is of the $7900 Premium Pack, also has a classy interior-lighting

You even have to pay extra to get the out of the Evora. A sportier, close-ratio manual costs $4800 (in of the standard manual set up for saving and a Sport Pack, which a button for sharper throttle a more playful stability-control and better brakes, is $3095.

If you’re not a fan of red or British racing as a colour, then it’s $2400 and $6400 for one of 19 premium finishes.

Even the rear – which help the Evora from Lotus’s two-seater-only models – another $7000. Something can’t be measured is the exclusivity and that is undoubtedly part of the appeal.

Under the bonnet

It may be one of the exclusive British sports on the market but the Evora has a thoroughly engine in the form of Toyota’s V6. Combined with the lightweight body, though, the retuned version of the engine used in the delivers above-average performance.

to 100km/h is claimed to take 5.1 (with the sports gearbox to our car) and, indeed, the accelerates enthusiastically with a sound emanating from the

But it’s the low-rev engine that’s most impressive, the wonderfully accessible torque from as little as 1500rpm. It you can leave it in fifth or even gears when climbing Or, if you’re having fun on a tight set of you can leave it in third where you might have gone for

That’s a bonus, because the manual (there’s no auto has a long-ish throw and is clunky in its the pedals offset towards the don’t help.

Being to leave it in a taller gear helps with fuel which is respectable at a claimed 8.7 per 100 kilometres; we managed more 12L/100km in a mix of driving.

How it drives

The is surprisingly friendly around save for the poor rear that means you have to an eye on the mirrors or use the optional rear when parking.

Parking reinforces just how the Evora is over its rear by the time I’d snuggled it up to the it was still sitting noticeably than a hatchback and compact 4WD side.

It’s not until you some twisties that the reason for being becomes Beautifully weighted steering feeds information back to the adding confidence and involvement to is an immensely capable vehicle. from the Pirelli tyres is while the meaty brakes superb stopping power

The Evora also is poised of what you throw at it, changing with pace and agility and flat and secure through

Lotus Evora

Suspension is refreshingly supple for a car lap times in mind more family duties. While speed humps or steeper need to be taken with due to a propensity to scrape its underbelly, road uglies are disposed of respect and minimal fuss.

Comfort and practicality

Just the outside, the interior of the Evora is a bit different. Instead of a generic of gauges there’s a cluster of instruments, with the speedo’s increments making it less when judging common such as 80km/h or 100km/h.

there’s generous headroom, rear vision is poor due to the rear window above the Forget shoe-horning an … the rear seats; it’s child territory. The awkwardness in trying to access the switch for the mirrors is indicative of the ergonomic of the Lotus.

The frameless doors have the Germanic thud of an there’s a clang that’s in with the general feeling the Lotus doesn’t match for that ultimate quality

Safety

The Evora hasn’t independently crash tested. The exterior panels are made of plastic but the aluminium structure of the is designed to stop intrusion the cabin. Disappointingly, though, are no side airbags with twin front airbags on

A stability control system is standard.

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Price $146,000; Engine horizontally-opposed 6-cyl, 235kW, Fuel use/CO2 emissions and 230g/km (man), 9.2L/100km and (auto); Safety Four stability control; Pros update brings decent great engine and option of twin-clutch auto; Cons options; strictly a two-seater; Our Rating: 4/5 * Prices are recommended and exclude dealer and on-road

Overall verdict

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

But while it has genuine sports car and (potentially) seating for four, let down by minimal standard and an expensive options list means the Evora struggles better performing competitors also win on practicality.

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Lotus Evora
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