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Lotus Evora

July 22, 2008

Today Lotus Cars announced their first all new car since the Type 111 Elise in 1994.

The Lotus Evora (named for a town in southern Portugal, apparently) is a mid-engined 2+2, a layout almost unknown in automotive history and first used in the Matra M530. The car is a move upmarket from the Elise with a very sophisticated electronics package clearly designed to appeal to the American market including MP3/iPod support, DVD playback and touchscreen GPS navigation.

It’s powered by a 3.5 liter V6 transversely mounted behind the rear seats. Performance is said to be in the Elise range with times at the ‘Ring being even better than the Elise. The only downside to a Lotus purist is the increase in weight with the Evora weighing in at just under 3,000 lbs, up 50% from the Elise but not surprising for a larger car with a minimal back seat.

The initial 2+2 model will be offered later without the back seat as a 2-seat coupe and there will be supercharged and convertible versions produced later.

Initial sales will start in mid-2009. More information is available at the Lotus Evora minisite.

Lotus Evora 1 1600x1200


Lotus Adds New Cars

February 12, 2006
Well, it’s been a busy year for Lotus. Their worldwide product line now includes:
  • Elise – base Rover engine model (Not available in the US)
  • Elise S – enhanced version of the Rover engine Elise (Not available in the US)
  • Elise R – The Toyota engine version
  • Exige – The coupe version of the Elise
  • Exige S – Supercharged version of the Exige (Not available in the US)
  • Europa S – A more comfortable coupe (Not available in the US) 
  • Track Car – A dedicated sports racer based on the Elise design

And that’s not including all the LotusSport offerings

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