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Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:37 am

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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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:54 am

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.

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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:59 am

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.

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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:03 am

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?

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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:13 am

First impressions: why the hell did they name it after a mid-size portuguese city?  confused 
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:58 am



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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Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:07 am



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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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:32 pm



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?

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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:32 am



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.

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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:55 am

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

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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:16 pm



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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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:22 pm

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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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:10 am

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.
 
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:20 am



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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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:52 am



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).
 
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:09 pm

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.
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:23 pm

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

 
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:01 am

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).
 
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:43 pm

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...
 
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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:06 pm



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RE: Hot New Lotus Evora Debuts At London Auto Show

Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:21 pm

It reminds me of an updated Avanti.
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