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Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show  
User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3286 posts, RR: 6
Posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

The new Lotus 2+2 coupe will be called Evora when it enters production next year.

The mid-engine, midsize Evora is equipped with a 276-hp 3.5 liter V6 engine (sourced from Toyota) bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox. The car will rocket from zero to 60 mph in under five seconds.

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Lotus Evora front quarter view


The car weighs 2,976 lbs through the liberal use of aluminum. The Evora's interior is plush - unlike anything ever offered by Lotus - with top quality leather used throughout the interior, a navigation system, and a high-tech dashboard and instrument panel.

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Lotus Evora dashboard/interior view


Like Lotus' Elise and Exige models, the Evora features front wishbones and coil-over shocks, with aluminum box-frame sections built around a near-horizontal radiator that will help absorb energy in frontal crashes. The Evora suspension bolts directly onto the aluminum box frame sections. Lotus says this new "versatile vehicle architecture" will revolutionize the way that aluminum cars will be built in the future.

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Lotus Evora rear quarter view


Production starts in spring 2009, and Lotus plans to build 2000 Evoras annually.The Evora will be hand crafted and built on a dedicated new assembly line within Lotus's advanced manufacturing facility at Hethel in the east of England. A convertible and higher-performance version are rumored for later. This is the first of three all new models that Lotus will introduce over the next three years.

More information and photos at: http://www.caranddriver.com/blog/200.../07/2010-lotus-evora-car-news.html

I think the new Evora is total hotness - beautiful, fast, and featuring advanced engineering. Any thoughts, fellow petrol-heads?


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User currently offlinePowercube From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Very nice, though it doesn't seem right to have "luxury" in the same sentence as Lotus. If I had the cash for a lotus, I'd get one optimized for the track- not the drive there. Thank you  Yeah sure If someone gave me one for free, however... More than happy to accept.

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

One of my goals in life is to own a Lotus eventually. Right now I'd have an Exige S if I could.

Quoting StasisLAX (Thread starter):
sourced from Toyota

While those engines seem to work well for them and are rightfully good, if I were lotus I'd much rather be putting a German engine in it, I'd do the 2.0 TFSI from VW for the Elise and BMW's E46's V6 in the Evora, but that's just me  Wink

Quoting StasisLAX (Thread starter):
Any thoughts, fellow petrol-heads?

It looks great, but I hope it handles like what Lotus has always been are known for: pure, unadultered, unassisted driving.

Too many cars today are just filled with gadgets and gizmos to make up for crappy handling cars. I hope they're not falling into that bandwagon and will still cater to purists, like moi.

 twocents 


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
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It doesn't look bad, but it doesn't look particularly original, either. Reminds me of virtually every other 'supercar' I've seen since high school. It would be nice to see some more original or at least unique design elements.

2H4



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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 968 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

Quoting StasisLAX (Thread starter):
sourced from Toyota

Lotus have a had quite a long on-off relationship with Toyota - Toyota was a major shareholder (before GM, which was before Proton), and the Excel used a Toyota engine (oops, I was sure they used a Toyota engine, but Wiki reckons just Toyota gearbox...). Elise/Exige is Toyota powered of course (why not proton?  

That said, I don't really like the styling - no improvement on the (modern) Europa.

Where is the new Esprit?

Kent

[Edited 2008-07-22 22:08:06]

User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4038 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

First impressions: why the hell did they name it after a mid-size portuguese city?  confused 


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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3286 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2178 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 5):
First impressions: why the hell did they name it after a mid-size portuguese city?

Lotus has a very long history of naming its vehicles beginning with an "E" - Esprit, Elan, Elise, Exige, Europa, Excel, Eclat, Elite, and thus now Evora.



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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4038 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2172 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 6):
Lotus has a very long history of naming its vehicles beginning with an "E" - Esprit, Elan, Elise, Exige, Europa, Excel, Eclat, Elite, and thus now Evora.

I know about the "E" part, I just have no idea how they came up with this particular name. Perhaps somrone was listening to a Cesaria Evora CD at the time?



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2127 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 5):
First impressions: why the hell did they name it after a mid-size portuguese city?

Well, Evora is a beautiful city! It starts with E and has five letters, so it works.  Smile Maybe some Lotus dude has a holiday home in Portugal?

Beautiful car!



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User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2077 times:



Quote:
The name "Evora" keeps the Lotus tradition of beginning model names with an "E". The name was a random derivative of the term Evo, instead of being named for the city of Évora in Alentejo, Portugal or the singer Cesária Évora, which Lotus personnel say that they were unaware of at the time.[8] Other names considered were Eagle, Exira and Ethos. The name Exira was rejected as not good enough and the other two because it would difficult for Lotus to claim them as a trademark.

Brits and geography Big grin


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 2060 times:

Whilst it does look nice, it still just looks like a bigger version of the Exige, which is just a hard top slightly modified version of the Elise !!!.

Come on Lotus, when are you going to bring out a serious replacement for the Esprit ?. With the technology now available, that underwater 007 version should be more than possible  Wink

 Smile



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2032 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 2):

While those engines seem to work well for them and are rightfully good, if I were lotus I'd much rather be putting a German engine in it, I'd do the 2.0 TFSI from VW for the Elise and BMW's E46's V6 in the Evora, but that's just me

Remember a couple things. Lotus has a long history of working with the Japanese. They are also owned by an Indonesian company, giving a further East Asian link.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3):
It doesn't look bad, but it doesn't look particularly original, either

It looks like just another iteration of the various recent Lotus designs.

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 4):

Where is the new Esprit?

Concur. Also, I hope it actually looks like an Esprit.



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

The inside looks great compared to what lotus are at the moment. i currently got my 3rd lotus (All elise S1) and the inside are pretty much like a Go Kart


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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8031 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

While the Evora is not bad, I'd like to see Lotus offer a dual-clutch sequential manual for this car shortly after production starts. After all, Porsche now offers their PDK dual-clutch transmission for the 911 and according to what I've read, PDK works very well indeed.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1994 times:



Quoting RayChuang (Reply 13):
While the Evora is not bad, I'd like to see Lotus offer a dual-clutch sequential manual for this car shortly after production starts.

I wouldn't. Real cars have Three pedals.



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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8031 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 1940 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 14):
I wouldn't. Real cars have Three pedals.

That would be great except dual-clutch transmissions can now handle much more powerful engines as shown by the BMW M3 and the newest Porsche 911, shift between gears far faster than any human can do with a conventional clutch pedal and also offer better overall fuel economy. Don't be surprised if Lotus does offer a dual-clutch transmission option by 2011, probably a custom-built version of Ford of Europe's Powershift unit (now that Ford is committed to large-scale production this transmission across its entire product line).


User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Not the type of supercar I would like to have. The Esprit is still my Lotus favourite.

And when looking the 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) It's nothing that raises any eyebrows in comparison to what we know that supercars of today is capable of.
So for me it's just a big WHY!?

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User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

While that Lotus looks sweet, I much prefer the new Ferrari California debuting sometime soon, and available in 2009.



User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8031 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

AAce24,

The new Ferrari California is proof that dual-clutch transmissions can work in a sports car, the first Ferrari model to offer such a transmission (they've pretty much maxed out the single-clutch plate "F1" transmission).


User currently offlineOpso1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

I used to have an Elise- I had to get rid of it as it was too low and trucks did not see me and would pull out (despite it being purple!). I'll be very interested in this when it finally comes out...

User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1870 times:



nothing beats a 2CV....
Superior French car-design...



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User currently offlineDvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

It reminds me of an updated Avanti.


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