Lotus Evora S reviewed – wheels.ae

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“It’s the way it drives that draws enthusiasts to the British despite all its limitations on the build-quality and front.”

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yet brilliant, the Lotus Evora S is one of the best-handling sportscars around, but can it the fight to the venerable Cayman? Thomas finds out.

around in flashy sportscars is one of the biggest perks of being a hack. But these benefits come at a great price. pulling up in front of an ogling in JBR, only to crawl out of the car and almost roll on to the pavement. distressingly graceless moments the order of the day when I went town in the new (at least in the UAE) Evora S, which has possibly the door sills in any production

This combined with its low and the fact that the doors open wide enough, getting in and out of the car a clumsy affair.

And if you thought things get better you’ve managed to install in the driver’s seat, you’d be The aforementioned ultra-wide door curves right into the and the ludicrously small … that appears to have made for feline paws leave your left dangling under the brake in a stifled contortion.

It’s a that these minor flaws make long a pain in what is otherwise one of the sportscars on sale today. has ostensibly set its sights on the Porsche and the sublime steering and splendid of the Evora S are enough to remind you if anyone has the engineering competence and to challenge a Porsche’s purity, got to be Lotus.

The hydraulically assisted steering is incredibly direct and so weighted that it marries you and the car an ecstatic union. It’s as if wrapping your fingers the relatively small wheel some sort of instant that makes you a part of the which shrinks around No other car that I’ve in recent years comes to the Evora when it comes to the magical precision and feel.

Equally impressive is the Evora’s handling. The chassis is so stiff Lotus claims it takes of torque to twist it by just one The layout and construction are inspired by racecars.

The chassis is an extruded and aluminium structure with its subframe holding the suspension, and steering, the central tub incorporating the cockpit and safety cell, and the subframe accommodating the engine, suspension, brakes and exhaust And this has also allowed the to make the Evora’s suspension sprung, helping it soak up imperfections and bumps with a of composure and compliance that’s in this segment.

Thanks to incredibly balanced chassis, the responds to your inputs telepathically and even if you manage to it close to the chassis’ limits, it well within your It’s quite evident the car is designed and engineered to handle a lot horsepower and torque than the V6 its bonnet churns out.

As for the engine, it’s the same 3.5-litre V6 that does in the Toyota Aurion and the Avalon. But in the S it produces 345bhp and 400Nm of thanks to an Eaton supercharger. estimates the 0-100kph time of the S to be just 4.7 seconds, which isn’t quite neck-snapping, is enough in a 1,437kg car, it all the way up to a top speed of 269kph.

However, beautiful engine is let down by the gearbox, which Lotus so calls the IPS or Intelligent Precision

While it’s just toddling around town, the ’box fails to do justice to the if you’re looking for some driving. The shifts aren’t enough to help you squeeze the out of the great engine and even with the steering paddles in a mushy response.

The available stick-shift option solve this problem, but that cramped footwell, with the clutch and brake in the manual-transmission version is sure to you club-footed very soon. On the the manual transmission Evora S a tenth of a second off the 0-100kph and the top speed goes up to 286kph.


 One thing about the IPS variant of the S is that the Sport Pack with a sports button as which sharpens throttle raises the rev limit and deepens the note. But don’t expect it to sound like a Maserati. The V6 sounds good but it hardlly like a supercar; in fact, it … out by the unusually loud fan.

The Sport Pack adds a setting for the Dynamic Performance system, a sports diffuser, sports exhaust tailpipe and brake discs with red If you choose to go for the optional Tech that adds creature you wouldn’t expect in a Lotus upgraded speakers and stereo with amplifier and subwoofer, a DVD and even a 7.0in touchscreen display with integrated

And the interior is also surprisingly put together. There are no gaping gaps, most of the cabin is in suede and you’ll be hard-pressed to any dried-up glue in joints as was the in many previous Lotus 
Of course there are severe issues, like the rear that seems to be smaller the rear-view mirror, seriously visibility, and the excuses for rear that any self-respecting toddler find unacceptable.

It’s you choose to delete the rear and opt for a parcel shelf instead, as the space is limited.

But it’s not for practicality that buy a Lotus. It’s the way it drives still draws enthusiasts to the marque despite all its limitations on the and practicality front. And when it to pure driving fun, the S won’t let you down. Also, in the of days I spent with the S, I noticed that it turned as heads as a Ferrari or a McLaren which cannot be said a Cayman or a 911.

But that’s all it beats the Porsche on. Apart its exotic looks, awesome and the amazing chassis, the Evora S anywhere close to a Cayman it comes to practicality and build

It’s ironic that Lotus focused on making the more useable and less than other models the Exige, it’s its practicality that put a bit of a dampener on an otherwise sportscar.

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