First drive: 2011 Lotus Evora S –

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First drive: 2011 Evora S

Simplify, then add

If the smell of brake dust or the shrill screech of vulcanized being torn off pavement about a Pavlovian expectation of G-forces, it#39;s likely you the source of this well-worn

Lotus founder Colin adage for creating a faster car has kept the company and its products on for decades, as the factory in Hethel, cranked out iconic driver#39;s such as the Elan, Elise and

So one finds a bit of irony in the fact Lotus recently complicated . reduced lightness in its latest the 2011 Evora S. Spend than 60 seconds driving the S and you the irony is only compounded by the that in doing so, Lotus has its most well-rounded vehicle

To create the S, Lotus started by a Harrop supercharger onto the 3.5-liter, Toyota-sourced V-6 engine. bumps the horsepower from 276 in the Evora to 345 in the S, and pushes the torque 258 foot-pounds to 295. The 0-60 is predictably faster in the S, going zero to hero in 4.3 seconds the regular Evora#39;s 4.9 seconds.

The suspension setup on the S is slightly with ever-so-stiffer bushings on the and rear and a rear anti-roll bar an eyelash thicker.

The sport-ratio, manual transmission that#39;s (but recommended) on the Evora is on the Evora S. The Sport Pack from the base Evora is standard on the S. It includes cross-drilled and brakes, engine oil cooler and a mode that juices the input, opens up bypass in the exhaust, dials back the control considerably and pushes the S’s from 6,800 rpm to 7,200

Aesthetically, little differentiates the S the base Evora, save for side-mirror housings and a more rear diffuser.

All told, changes add up to a 122-pound gain the Evora#39;s 3,046-pound curb for a total of 3,168 pounds.

possibly the best 122 pounds felt added to a car.

its introduction in 2009, the Evora is considered one of the best-handling cars on the Before, during and after the encounters a turn, this is your best friend: loyal and endlessly communicative. this car is an exercise in automotive and the feedback coming through the wheel is like a loquacious old.

Should you find yourself in mid-turn, the Evora graciously for steering or throttle adjustments brilliantly bring the car back in It#39;s the best kind of car, one that is eminently at making you, the driver, eminently capable.

If you already you#39;re just rewarded much more.

But what the new S variant so brilliant on top of this is how it adds to the mix a level of torque absent in the base Evora. out of turns or up inclines on the road and the is far more rewarding. Downshifts, 3-2, also become necessary.

#0160; The added also makes is easier to get the end of the S loose when you want to, a aided by a forgiving traction system. With sport engaged (and really, no reason it shouldn#39;t be), the allows for a healthy degree of sliding before reining in ever so subtly. The system can be disengaged entirely — and was clear that it means and not entirely, like other it wouldn#39;t name.

Yet for all its handling aptitude, all is not perfect in

Shifting this transmission, sees work across the in a diesel Lexus IS, feels you#39;re dragging a stick a bag of angry cats. It#39;s precise nor confident, and it is the only of the car that doesn#39;t make you like your driving took a cocktail of EPO that

(And while we#39;re about transmissions, an automatic is on its This fall, Lotus introduce to North American a six-speed automatic gearbox IPS. which stands for Precision Shift. It#39;s a automatic with a torque no fancy automated manual but it will feature paddle

Also annoying are the Evora#39;s footwells. When the driver#39;s foot is not stomping on the clutch there#39;s barely anywhere to put it. This is noticeable for maybe the 10 minutes each time you get in the after which you#39;re too distracted by the driving experience to that your foot lie there like a forgotten pet until you need it to shift

Finally, the rear seat is a $1,500 option on both is comically small and unfit for use. Confining a person there will likely you a call from an ACLU so skip it altogether at the dealership and use the to store 23 cubic feet of A pair of carry-on suitcases and an overnight bag or two will fit back with ease.

There#39;s also about 6 feet in the dedicated trunk large enough for this set of clubs that is, oddly, the by which we now measure all sports practicality.

You shouldn#39;t need a eight-ball to know that Lotus thinks of other whose products compete its Evora S, Porsche and its Cayman R are at the top of the #0160;Both cars are mid-engine that weigh around pounds (the Cayman a bit and the Evora S a bit over) and have power-to-weight ratios.

So would I the Evora S over the Cayman R? Tuesday. Hairy orange. depends on what your of is is.

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Clearly I don#39;t want to the question. Plus, my seat in a Cayman R is limited to a handful of around an autocross course. 10/6/11: Read my full of the Cayman R here .]

But speaking purely on the driving I have to give the Evora S the of wins. I#39;ve just wrapped my hands around the wheel of a production-model car and felt the confidence and direct connection the road than I have in the S. It#39;s that good.

considering the total package of the car look away) should the Cayman R has more usable space and its interior has a more feel to it. The interior of the Evora S holds a bespoke air with of leather and real metal but the panel gaps and intermittent tell you it#39;s assembled on a smaller scale.

Yet the Evora and the S win the in looks department. This is a car exterior looks much expensive than it really is, and on the street notice. They may absolutely no idea what looking at, unlikely with any but they#39;ll respect the car#39;s and the driver#39;s taste.

And though the R has a base price of $67,250, destination, remember that is a Porsche and the options add up quickly.

Indeed, a quick search of Porsche dealers shows Cayman Rs in stock with an sticker price of $82,000.

This compares with the S#39; base price of for the two-seater, including the $1,175 charge. The fully loaded, Red Evora S you see here has a sticker of and includes options such as seats, a seven-inch Alpine navigation system, parking and a backup camera, an upgraded system and forged aluminum (19-inch in the front, 20-inch in the with Pirelli P-Zero LS tires.

But this comparison the Lotus and the Porsche is like fourth-grader’s soccer games: no loser.

So the Evora S strays the letter of Chapman#39;s credo. I think he#39;d mind. car has the spirit of his words oozing every pore. You#39;ll it every time you drive it.

Or that was the brake dust.

David Undercoffler / @LATimes_driven

2011 Lotus Evora S San Jose, California. Credit: Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times

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