Lotus Evora possesses a purity the Porsche Cayman can only imagine – NY Daily News

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Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

possesses a purity the Porsche Cayman can only imagine

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The bse Lotus Evora and its supercharged S model offer an alternative for those looking for a sporty ride.

If you happen to be a fan of Formula One racing, you see the black and gold Lotus trademark every weekend emblazoned upon their two car team. But what is Lotus, exactly?

Much like a smaller scale Ferrari, Lotus is primarily a Formula One research laboratory that makes passenger cars for sale. The calling card of Group Lotus is chassis and suspension development. Again, like Ferrari, engine development, albeit on a smaller scale, is also a focus.

Acting as an engineering consultancy, Lotus has helped to develop the suspension for brands as diverse as Isuzu, DeLorean, the Tesla Roadster, and Aston-Martin. Lotus have also helped develop GM’s EcoTec line of engines, as well as the V8 that powered early versions of the Corvette ZR-1.

Do you fancy Lotus’ styling, chassis development, and suspension know how coupled with Japanese reliability? If you dare to be different, Lotus sells their Toyota powered Evora beginning at a relatively modest $66,800.

The daring to be different is to say that the Evora is not for everybody who can afford a sports car in this price range. There are more refined rivals to be had from firms with much larger dealer networks, such as the Cayman from Porsche, and the Corvette from Chevrolet, as well as more practical excitement in the form of M Series BMWs or S badged Audi models.

Lotus Evora

Drivers comparing the Evora S to the Porsche Cayman R may find the Lotus a bit lacking in terms of technological touches.

Nevertheless, if you are more go than show as a driver, the Evora should be on your short list if you live a reasonable distance from a Lotus dealer. And if you are the driver you imagine yourself to be, you’ll skip the standard model and lock your eyes upon an Evora S, the letter denoting supercharged.

What is being supercharged is a Lotus tuned Toyota 3.5L V6 mounted in the middle of the chassis, between the next to useless rear seat/shelf and the abbreviated trunk. Though the normally aspirated engine makes a wholly adequate 276 BHP and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque, the Harrop supercharger uncorks the magic of the car with its 345 BHP and 295 ft.-lbs. of torque. The zero to 60 time drops from 4.8 to 4.4 seconds.

The top speed leaps from 163 to 178 mph. EPA combined fuel efficiency drops from 30 mpg to 29. Unfortunately, the base MSRP jumps over $10,000 to a base of $77,100 before options.

Once you step up to the Evora S, the only real competitor the car has is the Porsche Cayman R. The question then becomes one of your taste, or distaste, for playing it safe. The better capitalized Porsche offers a much more sophisticated gearbox with paddle shifting if you want it, a limited slip differential, and other technological touches the Evora S lacks.

However, Lotus has thrown absolutely everything they know into the Evora while Porsche purposely hobbles the Cayman so as to not cannibalize 911 sales. The Evora, in both of its forms, possesses a purity of purpose the Cayman is not allowed to have.

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