Lotus Evora S driven full road test car review – BBC Top Gear – BBC Top Gear

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So this is it, the first new product New Lotus. It’s the facelifted so let’s not get too carried away and Dany Bahar and his new management too harshly when this model year refresh is designed to answer the most criticisms levelled at the Evora its launch 18 months ago.

And were those exactly? not the driving dynamics – as with things that from Hethel, those been bang-on from the go, but in other areas – you the usual Lotus areas there was room for improvement. listened to its customers and identified key points: interior quality and the gearshift, engine character and and the appeal of the overall package.

In total, 140 changes have made.

None to the bodywork well, not unless you count the It now has a more positive action and a thunk when slammed. The seals have also changed so they have nasty joins.

This doesn’t sound but this is the level most of the have been made at, so rattle through a few more. The is better-quality and more prolific, the has been reworked, there’s padding underneath to improve cushioning, new floormats, a more steering wheel, a Pioneer instead of the crazily complex system, new colours. have we you yet?

The overall aim is to make the more upmarket, and, by and it’s succeeded. But this is a not a rethink, and many of the fundamental remain. Panel gaps are getting in and out is awkward, the pedals are to the centre.

These are more involved, and take more time to than Lotus has been to give them.

So let’s on what we’ve got here, there is more to it than the interior tweaks. Previously was a bit of slack in the drivetrain, and that’s successfully eradicated by fitting engine mounts and lowering the and flywheel inertia. The gearshift is and more precise, if notchy, an overly long lever and pistol-grip knob, while an valve goes some way to the engine note.

Is it a persuasive update? Ish. The is better, and the mechanical changes it drives more cleanly at low but it’s no Porsche. The overwhelming to buy the Evora is still the way it drives, in that, it takes the Cayman to the

Shame the price has risen by enough £2k in the process, but pay that alone for the best Lotus has made in this It no longer smells of glue.


We like . Cabin drivetrain better

Lotus Evora

We don’t . Still stuff to be done

The  verdict . More appealing, but still buy it for the driving dynamics, not the

Performance . 0-60mph in 4.8secs, max 28.7mpg

Tech . 3456cc, V6, 345bhp, 295lb ft, 1436kg, CO2

Tick this on the options . Tech Pack, £2,800

And this . SuedeTex Trim £700

Price . £60,550 £62,450)

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