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Elsewhere, aerodynamic considerations for drag, downforce and cooling had
significant but positive influence on the overall form and details such as air
intakes. A desire to create balanced downforce, that increases cornering
performance, led to the adoption of the now Lotus "signature" top exit radiator
vent, race car inspired diffuser and "floating rear wing". Drag limitation,
drove the dramatic tear-dropped cabin layout and the curvaceous plan view has
given the car a more muscular rear shoulder that conveys a level of
sophistication appropriate to this market segment. "We believe that our designs
should be honest as well as dramatic and so we are really pleased with the fact
that these iconic features all do a real job" says Steven Crijns, Design
This inherent understanding of the relationship between the
technical and the aesthetic paid dividends the first time a full-scale model of
the Evora was wind tunnel tested - only minimal adjustments were required to the
car's aerodynamic package to meet the targets for downforce and stability. Steve
Crijns continued, "Overall the design language shows a clear DNA link with its
Lotus siblings, while also establishing its own distinctive and contemporary
theme. The undulating shoulder line is brilliantly mirrored in the lower part of
the body side by the cutaway sill that creates a torso-like muscularity."
The view from the rear three-quarters is just as striking and the one that
many will become familiar with as the car passes them on the road. The tapered
cabin, diffuser, floating wing, centrally mounted twin tailpipes and distinctive
engine bay vents all combine to create a completely unique look.
Simple and Efficient Interior
The design language of the interior
reflects that of the exterior - simple, fluid surfaces, soft forms and crisp
feature lines wrap around the cabin cosseting the occupants. Unlike recent Lotus
products that use a race car inspired, technical minimalism, the Evora employs a
softer approach that utilizes premium quality materials and finishes to create a
contemporary but luxurious ambience that is unique to Lotus products. It is,
according to Head of Lotus Design Russell Carr, "A huge departure from what
people might expect based on Lotus's recent past. We wanted the Evora's cabin to
feel special and to be surprising as well as sporty. Precision engineered metal
inserts and quality edge-lit switches are brilliantly juxtaposed against soft
hand-stitched leather surfaces to give a modern interior with a classic twist."
Russell Carr continues, "The flat bottomed steering wheel, figure hugging
sport seats, contemporary instrumentation and ergonomically positioned controls
provide an intuitive environment that instantly forms a connection between
driver and car ensuring that it becomes an extension of his or her body."
Senior Designer Anthony Bushell explains the choice of materials in the
Evora's interior, "Tactile quality is incredibly important within this segment
so we wanted the interior to use honest premium materials. Much of the
switchgear is bespoke, and every metallic component is actually metal." Focused
courtesy lighting is used throughout the interior, giving a spectacular
illuminated feel to the sculptured design feature of the cabin. The extensive
use of handcrafted, premium leather differentiates The Evora from other Lotus
products and is so important to the character of the car that an entire new trim
shop has been built at the Lotus Headquarters in the UK, dedicated to its
production. Even the entry level versions of the Evora will feature
leather-upholstered seats, upper door trim panels and facia, but it is expected
that most customers will opt for the full leather interior treatment. With a
range of leather colors available, customers will have the opportunity to
personalize their Evora.
technology also features in the Evora's cabin. A newly developed Alpine
multi-media system with a 7-inch touch-screen provides advanced audio, satellite
navigation, video, Bluetooth hands-free telephone and iPod connectivity
functions. The screen also serves as a monitor for the Evora's optional
reversing camera. The satellite navigation element of the system is removable,
allowing you to program it from the comfort of your home, or take it with you to
continue your journey in an unfamiliar pedestrian location.
audio set-up is one of the most sophisticated automotive systems in the world.
Called IMPRINT and using MultEQ sound enhancement technology, it is able to
cancel out sound imbalances caused by the cabin window glass, for instance,
creating echoes, while carpets suppress mid-range frequencies - resulting in
amazingly crisp, clear, undistorted sound reproduction wherever you are seated
in the car. A bespoke air-conditioning system developed by Bergstrom is standard
on all models, and has been designed for the hottest climate or highest humidity
to help provide maximum occupant comfort. Lotus traction control and onboard
tire pressure monitoring will also be available.
The Evora suspension wishbones are forged from aluminum to reduce the
unsprung mass. These are similar in weight, and stiffer than the steel items
found on the much smaller Elise, Exige and Europa vehicles, and have a far
higher vehicle weight capacity. They are attached to the front and rear modules
via custom bushings. The Evora will use Bilstein high performance dampers and
Eibach springs with unique dual path top mounts for optimized vehicle
refinement. Hydraulically assisted power steering is provided by a Lotus-tuned
TRW steering rack.
All in all, the Evora has incredible Lotus handling
and provides unsurpassable driving pleasure. In fact, the Lotus the ride and
handling team believes that the new car is likely to become a class standard
bearer for speed and agility.
18- and 19-inch Wheels
choice is a vital component in the handling performance of every Lotus and for
the Evora Yokohama was chosen as development partner. Lotus's long-term
relationship with Yokohama was swiftly rewarded during development when
initially the front tire size did not generate the Lotus required lateral grip,
the Japanese grip gurus went away and developed custom designed tires especially
for the Evora - 225/40 ZR18 at the front and larger diameter; 255/35 ZR19 at the
rear. Both have carcass construction and rubber compounds unique to Lotus and
are identified by the letters 'LTS' on the sidewalls.
The V6 Engine
The exceptional working relationship that Lotus has enjoyed with Toyota for
many years, combined with the overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception for the
company's four-cylinder powerplants in the Elise and Exige, guaranteed the
Japanese giant's inclusion on the shortlist for the Evora engine supplier. The
final choice was Toyota's all-alloy 2GR-FE 3.5-liter V6 DOHC, with dual VVT-i
('intelligent' variable valve timing). Lotus has painstakingly developed its own
T6e engine management software for this engine to optimize its compatibility
with the unique requirements of the Evora to give a peak power output to 276 hp
at 6400 rpm, while boosting its maximum torque to 252 lb-ft at 4700 rpm.
Changes to the engine management and exhaust systems also allow the V6 to rev
more freely and provide rapid throttle response; feedback from the development
team suggests that the strength of the engine's mid-range torque means that
gutsy performance will be easily accessible without having to thunder through to
the redline. This makes the Lotus Evora a thoroughly satisfying car for everyday
road use and a rewarding one when you just want to drive.
The 2GR-FE V6
engine is mated to a manual six-speed gearbox, again Toyota sourced. An optional
close-ratio version of this gearbox for the even more sport-focused driver is
Many Lotus owners enjoy the blend of unique performance and
efficiency that the brand's cars offer. True to the Lotus value of "performance
through light weight" CO2 emissions are expected to be a class leading sub-225
g/km (prototype figures) while testers report fuel consumption in the region of
30+ miles per gallon on the highway (pending formal homologation testing).
While for Lotus top speed is of less importance than stability at speed, the
top speed is 168 mph. The Evora is able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Lotus Evora: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications