Driven: Lotus Evora IPS – PistonHeads

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Lotus Evora

DRIVEN: LOTUS EVORA IPS

Two on a Lotus? Surely that’s kind of heresy.

The last Lotus offered an automatic was on the Excel in the mid-80s. Now we have the IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) to all those American and Far-Eastern who are licensed only for a two-pedal Lotus reckons this could double Evora which would be useful as a couple of thousand have built so far.

Initially IPS is available on the naturally 276bhp Evora, though clearly potential to move it the 345bhp Evora S sometime in the – the transmission has the necessary (295lb ft) capability.

That’s Lotus needs to address, many Americans don’t anything with less 300bhp a ‘proper sports

The engineering of the IPS was more straightforward the manual car, which the gearbox from an Avensis mated to the Toyota V6. Here the and six-speed automatic ‘box already been designed in for each other, though provides its own calibration to the Italian EFI Lotus has also developed for the floor-mounted lever and paddle

You’ve three driving Drive, Sport and paddles, with its own distinct characteristics. satisfactory is Drive. It’s to maximise mpg and CO2 figures, with the that the transmission does its to keep the revs below

In principle there’s nothing too wrong with that there’s kickdown when you it from the throttle and the paddles move you into manual for 10 seconds to provide the necessary

The real issue is the drone the exhaust at those low revs. this Evora on a coarse surface and the combination of exhaust and noise is quite unpleasant.

Lotus Evora

mode keeps the revs brings in a sweeter engine and simply transforms the driving There’s a decent blip on the on downshifts and an eagerness to hold the revs right around the It can feel a touch clunky at low speeds, but it’s perfectly to live with.

Find the right and suitably Norfolk road – and what a lot of cars there to be in this right-hand edge of – with sweeping, bends and good sight and, well, you’re in a doing what a Lotus best.

The steering is so very that pin-sharp apexing is as as in an Elise. The suspension compliance is that bumps are shrugged off as if they weren’t there. into paddle-shift mode, as almost impossible not to, and there’s all the you might ask for, albeit in a universe to a manual-shift Evora.

You have probably worked out the Lotus Evora IPS has been of convenience; in a market that twin clutches and robotised gearboxes, expedience and cost Lotus has had to go down the torque route.

The arrival of a two-pedal option the company can explore a wider with the Evora, and Hethel has a fair job of making a self-shifting especially considering the financial and constraints placed on its development. But Lotus is still some from becoming a proper tourer.

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