Lotus Evora

7 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Lotus Evora
Lotus Evora

What we

Most comfortable Lotus made

Doesn’t jar over

Looks the business

Not so much

charges extra for ‘Sport’ that delivers more

No side impact airbags offset pedals

Back not for anyone taller than a

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0

Value, Practicality: 3.0/5.0

2.5/5.0

Behind the wheel:

X-factor: 3.0/5.0

First Lotus in 14 years

Lotus had a new four-seater since Holden the Kingswood — and it hasn’t had an model since 1995. So the Evora is a big deal in the Lotus

It also marks a change in for the Malaysian Government-owned British Until now Lotus has proudly to its lightweight sportscar roots usually attract love-it or responses.

Lotus sportscar make no compromises; they that for the customers to do. So a typical experience usually involves a to a physio afterwards to iron out the in your lower back. are cars better reserved for days rather than the grind — and their generally know and appreciate

But the hope (and the promise) is the Evora might just be a car Lotus customers CAN live every day.

An all-new means the Evora is longer, — and heavier — the tiny Elise that has to symbolise the brand over the decade or so. And instead of a small four-cylinder engine, a Toyota-sourced V6 has been squeezed behind the seats.

The other big selling point the Evora is the claim that it is a As the extra bench is a $7000 it’s a little cheeky to be it a four-seater in the first place. And the is out on just how effective the rear is.

We’ll get to these points

PRICE AND EQUIPMENT

The price good, until you check the list

The starting price is a attractive $149,990 plus and registration fees, but that really buy the Evora most would like to drive.

For the basic model misses out on the potential of the engine; a $3095 pack releases a few hundred rpm and sharpens the throttle response. It odd to me that a sportscar maker charge extra for the ‘sport’ Especially when it feels underwhelming without this (see drive impressions).

And if been lured by the four-seat you may be surprised to find the rear are a $7000 option.

But this is the easy saving; the optional aren’t much use other a place to secure a briefcase or bag with a seatbelt. Best to do with the bare luggage and pocket the cash.

As far as standard goes, the Evora has most covered: air-conditioning, CD player, entry and power windows. The Tech Pack includes an sound system, a 7-inch screen display, a navigation that can be unclipped when on USB audio connection, iPod cruise control and rear sensors.

Stump up an extra $7900 for the Pack and you add interior accent leather trim in the tailgate, the logo on the dashboard, a choice of upholstery colours for the seats and panels and centre console, and floor mats.

Metallic is $2400 and Lifestyle paint effect) is $3400. BiXenon clip the ticket a further Graphite coloured forged wheels add $5600.

So the price of an with the works can easily to in excess of $185,000. Not only this comfortably eclipse the price of a Porsche Cayman S Lotus’ nominated rival) it is towards 911 money.

MECHANICAL

Aurion V6 brings plenty of

Weighing 1380kg, the Evora is by Lotus standards — the weighs just 860kg, so represents a 60 per cent increase in But the Evora is not lardy by class it is on par with its intended German although it should be pointed out it is 30kg heavier than the S.

And there’s one other cute way to at it: imagine what would if you somehow managed to remove from a Toyota Aurion V6, the driving wheels to rear, and lowered the centre of gravity.

doesn’t make a manual for this engine, so Lotus a six-speed manual from the Avensis (not the peoplemover in Australia, but an executive sedan in of the same name), and fashioned an plate and bell housing to it all fit.

It works surprisingly well and feel like a DIY job at all. The one big however, is the fact that the don’t line up with the wheel; they’ve been inboard by the large chassis in the floor designed to improve the crash structure.

A six-speed version of the Evora, which have a less claustrophobic arrangement, is due towards the end of 2010.

what? Are they kidding?

from the aforementioned offset and the fact that it’s to see some of the controls hidden view behind the steering there’s the small matter of or not this truly is a four-seater.

I to sit in the back but couldn’t even fit the small gap when the front flipped forward. Not only is the seat only for kids, the pews really are only for else’s kids. You wouldn’t do it to own.

If you leave the seat out of the you’ll also save 20kg of weight.

Evidently, says the option of the back is absolutely crucial to sales. it has done research that has the typically male buyers use the back seat as a dealmaker his partner. Lotus reckons has done the same research and drivers have been away with this con for

Call me cynical but I’m not there are too many lady who will be fooled by this

The crash test video good, but that was low-speed

For all the advancements, it still has some way to go to the brand up to contemporary safety The crash test video impressive but that is at significantly speeds than those independent crash test such as EuroNCAP tests Unfortunately because the Evora is a sportscar we are unlikely to see ENCAP its limited resources into the crash performance of this

Lotus Evora

Of course, the Lotus meets passes all relevant government but as recent tests have we know the bar is set pretty low these

The good news on the safety is that because the grip is so (see handling) a sensible will hopefully be less to get themselves into trouble in an

Antilock brakes and traction (which prevents excessive in slippery conditions) are standard. control (which can prevent wide if travelling too fast a corner) is due mid-year in Australia but be retro-fitted to Evoras already

Now the not-so-good news. Should the happen or, God forbid, someone decides to run a red light and T-bone the Evora offers little in the way of impact protection. Dual airbags are standard on the Evora, but are designed to contend with impacts.

There is no side protection, even as an option.

you consider that side and airbags are standard in sub-$15K you wonder how a supposedly premium can release a car without these saving features.

Somewhere Porsche Cayman S and 911 – or TT-RS

Lotus says the was designed to compete with the Cayman S, which costs $157,000.

The Cayman S has a 3.4-litre six-cylinder (albeit a ‘flat’, horizontally-opposed compared to the Evora’s V-shaped mounted between the rear and the driver compartment — the has a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine in the same position.

Power are similar: 235kW for the Cayman S and for the Evora. Torque outputs are similar: 370Nm for the Cayman S and for the Evora.

But I reckon the Evora the gap between the Cayman S and the basic 911. The regular 911 Carrera is by a 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine 254kW and 390Nm and is a four-seater in the same sense that an is at least) whereas the Cayman S is a only.

There’s one other entry: the recently released TT-RS. At $133,000 or thereabouts either an insanely expensive TT or a cut price Porsche. Or Lotus.

The new TT is powered by an awesome turbocharged in-line five-cylinder engine a whopping 250kW of power and of torque) that can propel the coupe from rest to in less than 5 seconds.

As the Evora, the Audi TT-RS is available with a six-speed transmission; the Porsches are also with a seven-speed twin-clutch which delivers performance and advantages.

ON THE ROAD

Superb but can we have more grunt

I thought something was wrong. was this amazing performance and throttle response we’d promised? My first impressions of the amazing Evora were

Then I realised I had forgotten to the ‘Sport’ button.

Fortunately I found it before our drive between Sydney and was over — but I didn’t it before the rain came in.

The merely served to make me why Lotus would charge a to supply customers the very they thought they paying for: sport. BMW and Mercedes-Benz might be able to get with tricks like but in my opinion the secret to Lotus’ is to over-deliver — not overcharge.

overall first impressions are What you may have read in the UK press [Ed: or even our own launch drive ] about the chassis tuning and how the Evora rattle your bones bumps is all true.

The steering is not-too-light, the brakes feel and the grip is profound — thanks to the latest-generation Pirelli P tyres that everyone is these days.

We encountered a amount of traffic on our loop and the odd bumpy road — and away from the experience unexhausted. For a Lotus.

There are some foibles. I struggled to the discomfort of the pedal arrangement. And I the engine; the Toyota V6 is one of the best of its in the world.

I just wish it had a more grunt.

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Published. Monday, 25 January

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