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The Ultimate Guide To The Lotus Evora: Every Variant, Specs, Pictures, Performance & More
Years: 2010-Present / Engine: 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE V6, 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE Supercharged V6 / Wheelbase: 101.4 in (2,575 mm)/ Length: 171 in (4,350 mm) / Width: 72.8 in (1,848 mm) / Height: 48.4 in (1,229 mm) / Weight: 1,248 kg (2,751 lb)-1,442 kg (3,179 lb)
Lotus first launched the Evora in 2009 and it was the first all-new Lotus for nearly 15 years. It was built to take on the likes of the Porsche Cayman and 911 and when it launched as a 2010 MY car the world took notice. Refreshingly, it was a true Lotus and took its own approach to an affordable sports car.
The Evora was the world’s only mid-engined 2+2. The chassis was all-new, made from bonded aluminium extrusions in three parts: the central tub, a front frame and a rear frame. Splitting the chassis like this has huge benefits when it comes to repairing crash damage. In fact, when Lotus was conducting crash tests, it ended up not using a couple of the central tubs it had brought along. After stoving in the front or back end, engineers just unbolted the subframe at the requisite end, fitted a new one to the undamaged tub and moved on to the next impact. No wonder Lotus claims the Evora is 2.5 times stiffer than an Elise.
The model was intended to be a more refined and practical version of the less-than-civilized Elise/Exige. The UK-based manufacturer hoped it would appeal to a larger demographic than its linemate and consequently bring the brand more to the mainstream. Retaining the important characteristics which make a Lotus car unique, the Evora is a balanced, mid-engined, lightweight car that is a pleasure to drive with a profile that is undeniably made-in-Hethel. Unlike the Elise/Exige, the Evora was immediately praised for its ride comfort, utilizing a suspension able to expertly negotiate the harshness of daily public road use while being more than formidable on the track.
In 2012, the Evora received its first major refresh – significant at the time, as the Elise/Exige were phased out, making the Evora the only model in Lotus’ lineup. The car became likened and often compared to its direct competitor – the Porsche 911 Carrera. Since then the Evora has had several special editions and updates as Lotus milks the car for all it is worth before needing to re-platform.
Lotus Evora Variants