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Lotus Evora S

2010 Lotus Evora S

Ahead of the official unveil at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th, Lotus announce the latest evolution of the award winning Evora – the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option.

Lotus has taken the award winning* Evora and re-created it with a 350 PS 3.5l V6 engine to create the Evora S. Dany Bahar Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer summed it up beautifully when he said: “You don’t realise what you were missing from your driving experience until you get behind the wheel of the Evora S.”

So apart from the obvious power difference, how is the Evora S different to the standard Evora? It’s another question we put to the CEO (given that he’s spent a little time behind the wheel, we thought he’d be best placed to answer questions). This is what he said: “It’s the next level of Evora experience. It communicates with you better, the suspension setting has been fine tuned for added power and control so it responds even more to direction. It’s an instinctual car, the experience is pure.”

“We were proud of the Evora but we’re even prouder of the Evora S, I feel like it does the true Lotus experience justice. The really great thing is that as we move forward the standard Evora should also benefit from some of these developments.”

The Evora S comes with a sport pack as standard featuring a ‘sport’ button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve. The sport button also raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings resulting in a total experience change. There are cross-drilled brakes for improved cooling. And here’s a heads up for those who buy into the old adage ‘you can tell the men from the boys by the size of their toys’: the external emotion of the Evora S has been improved with a completely new active exhaust which means that at the push of a button the car sounds just as dramatic as it feels.

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2010 Lotus Evora S

Commenting on the Evora S, Lotus Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann said: “The Evora S is a natural progression for us but more than that, it’s a taste of what people can come to expect from the next generation of Lotus cars. It retains core Lotus values such as performance through lightweight but it also gives more than that. It’s the perfect combination of top performance, style and comfort. Form doesn’t sacrifice function in the case of the Evora S.”
So there you have it folks, the next generation of Lotus Evora, the Evora S, set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

But that’s not all. In addition to the Evora S, Lotus also presents the IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option. This inception of the seven-time-award-winning (who’s counting? We are!) Evora sees an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission control with a 3.5 l V6 engine delivering 280 PS assuring a superior automatic driving experience.

The IPS version of the Evora allows the driver to switch between manual paddle shift and automatic drive modes. 2010 Lotus Evora SThe driver also has the option of selecting ‘sport’ mode which showcases the Lotus sport driving experience allowing the driver to really feel each gear shift and be in complete control of the transmission.

Commenting on the development Dany Bahar said: “The Evora IPS is set to broaden the appeal of the Evora and reach out to a slightly different market. We hope it will be popular with established automatic locations such as Asia, the Middle East and the US. It’s been a long time since Lotus created an automatic and we’ve spent a great deal of time refining this one to make sure that it perfectly complements the Evora drive experience.”

Specs & Performance

type Series Production Car
released at 2010 Paris Motor Show
built at Hethel, England
body stylist Steven Crijns, Russel Carr
engineers Richard Rackham
price $ $ 77,000
price £/td> £57,550
engine Toyota 2GR-FE V6
position Mid, Transverse
block material Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain Chain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVTi
fuel feed Electronic Injection
displacement 3456 cc / 210.90 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 83 mm / 3.27 in
compression 10.8:1
power 257.5 kw / 345.3 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 99.91 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 249.86 bhp per tonne
torque 400 nm / 295.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
redline 7000
body / frame Plastic Body over Bonded & Extruded Aluminium Chassis w/Front and Rear Aluminum Subframes
driven wheels RWD w/TCS
wheel type Forged Aluminium Alloy
front tires 225/40 ZR18 Yokohama
rear tires 255/35 ZR19 Yokohama
front brakes Vented & Drilled Discs w/Lotus AP Racing 4-Piston Calipers
f brake size 33 x 350 mm / 1.3 x 13.8 in
rear brakes Vented & Drilled Discs w/Lotus AP Racing 4-Piston Calipers
r brake size 25 x 335.3 mm / 1.0 x 13.2 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18 x 8 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 24.1 cm / 19 x 9.5 in
steering TRW Rack & Pinion w/Hydraulic Assist
f suspension Forged Aluminum Wishbones w/Bilstein Dampers, Eibach Springs
r suspension Forged Aluminum Wishbones w/Bilstein Dampers, Eibach Springs
curb weight 1382 kg / 3047 lbs
weight distro 38 % / 62 %
wheelbase 2575 mm / 101.4 in
front track 1567 mm / 61.7 in
rear track 1574 mm / 62 in
length 4340 mm / 170.9 in
width 1849 mm / 72.8 in
height 1221 mm / 48.1 in
transmission Toyota 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.54:1, 1.91:1, 1.41:1, 1.09:1, 0.97:1, 0.86:1
top speed ~276.75 kph / 172 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.6 seconds
0 – 100 kph ~5.2 seconds
drag 0.337 Cd
urban fuel econ eu 14.5 L/100 km or 16.22 mpg-us
extra urban fuel econ eu 7.4 L/100 km or 31.79 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu 10.0 L/100 km or 23.52 mpg-us
emission 235 g/km
fuel capacity 60 litres or 15.84 gal.