Lotus continues to amaze anyone and everyone who drives one. A life-size go-kart, I guess you could call them. But, it’s been a while since Lotus built a car that it’s more or less known for; luxury, class, style and performance all rolled into one. Lotus, for many years, was known to be able to take any car out there and tune it to be damn near perfect. Colin Chapman, the creator of Lotus, took pride in the fact that he and his guys could make any car a track star. Not just that, they were pretty good in Formula 1, too.
Lotus used to make the Esprit and Esprit Turbo. A car that solidified Lotus in the exotic and supercar world. It was a mid-mounted 4-cylinder that utilized a turbocharger to make its power. But later they fitted it with a 3.5L V8 and 350hp. In V8 form, the Esprit could have 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It had style, luxury, class and performance all in a perfect GT package.
Unfortunately for Lotus, they had to stop making the Esprit in 2004. It was getting too old, and it would have cost them way too much money to make it new again.
But, now Lotus has brought us the Evora. A 2 seat sports car, or optional 4 seat sports car, that holds true to all of the original Lotus elements. A mid-mounted 3.5L V6 sourced from Toyota, as are all of the Lotus engines these days, that makes 276hp and 258lb-ft of torque, according to Lotus. It also only weighs 3,046.8lbs. All-in-all, Lotus claims a 4.9 second 0-60.
No matter what, the automotive press has heralded the Lotus Evora as one of the best drivers’ cars of our generation. Which would make it an already sales success for Lotus. And the car hasn’t officially gone on sale yet…
The car will base at $73,000, and according to Lotus, can be priced up to just under $90,000 fully loaded. With that price, the Evora becomes a Cayman S competitor along with the 911 Carrera.
ALL-NEW 2010 LOTUS EVORA
With its stunning visual impact, exhilarating overall dynamic performance, innovative chassis technology and high levels of luxury, packaging and convenience, the Evora prepares for its North American market launch.
Duluth, GA – The first all-new Lotus since the iconic Elise made its debut in 1995, the Evora enters the sports car market as the world’s only mid-engine 2+2. Powered by a Lotus-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 276 hp, and weighing just 3,046 lbs., the Evora promises breathtaking performance.
In addition to its excellent performance and exemplary handling, the Evora offers a more refined ownership experience than Lotus’s existing smaller four-cylinder models. Evora’s contemporary cabin is elegantly trimmed and its equipment list includes such high-tech features as an advanced touch-screen multi-media system incorporating a state-of-the-art Alpine satellite navigation and audio system. Because one of the roles of the Evora is to attract new customers to the Lotus brand, much attention has been paid to its ease of use. Wider, taller door apertures and narrower sills make getting in and out of the cabin a less athletic undertaking than it is in Lotus’s smaller sports cars (the Elise and Exige), while the design of the cabin itself will accommodate two 99th percentile (6’-6” tall) American males in the front seats.
The ‘convenience factor’ of the Evora extends to less obvious areas of the car. For instance, beneath the skin the entire front-end structure is a high tech aluminium sacrificial modular sub-frame unit, attached to the main extruded aluminium tub. This modular unit is designed to deform for maximum safety, and to reduce repair costs in the event of a frontal impact.
The Evora has been designed with global automotive regulations in mind, and in preparation for future variants that are planned including a convertible. 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. Capacity limitations will restrict production to approximately 2,000 cars a year, ensuring the dynamic new sports car’s rarity and exclusivity.
The Evora also represents Lotus core values of performance through light weight and efficiency and proves that you can have phenomenal performance, fuel-efficiency elegant design and practicality all in a class leading mid-engine 2+2 sports car. Proof of this is found in the fact the Evora is the only regular production car on the market capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 mph in under 5 seconds (4.9) on up to it’s top speed over 160 mph (162) while also delivering 30+ mpg on the highway*.
THE EVORA IN DETAIL
Style or function? Have both…
Designed ‘in-house’ by Lotus Design, the sleek and athletic shape uses fluid forms and crisp surfaces to communicate velocity, agility and sophistication. Low and wide with modern cab forward proportions, muscular rear haunches and function-optimized side air intakes; this is clearly a serious mid-engine sports car that skilfully hides the practicality of its two-plus-two capability.
Russell Carr, Head of Lotus Design, led the Evora design team with Steven Crijns, Design Manager responsible for the exterior and Anthony Bushell, Senior Designer, responsible for the interior.
“A cornerstone of the design’s success was working closely with the technical team to develop a package that allowed us to get the proportions correct,” says Head of Design Russell Carr, “The asymmetric wheel sizes, the short rear overhang, long front overhang and cab forward visor screen all contribute to giving the car visual movement and an agile stance. This is incredibly important to us because we want the car’s aesthetics to communicate its driving characteristics.”
Lotus products have always embodied a perfect balance between form and function and the Evora successfully continues this heritage. “We never lost sight of the fact that, although this car must provide real world usability, sports cars are emotional purchases and you have to seduce the customer through beguiling looks and exotic persona. We are, therefore, very proud that we have been able to use technical needs and user functionality to positively drive the design in key areas and create some of the car’s most distinctive features,” says Carr. “Ingress and egress, for example, dictated a minimal “step-over” to get into the Evora. We simply cut away the surface under the door and created a unique and dramatic piece of sculpture that enhances the stance of the car as well as its usability.”
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 Manager.
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 front three-quarter view is really powerful” Russell Carr continues, “Your eye is drawn effortlessly, from our signature mouth, rearward by fluid surfaces and fast lines that create a sense of speed even when the car is stationary. From this angle you can also see how dramatically the visor screen sweeps around the teardrop form of the cabin and the gently tucked plan shape perfectly accentuates the muscularity of the rear fender. This is unmistakeably mid-engine design language and the Evora is unmistakeably a Lotus.”
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.
Moving right inside…
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 genuine aluminum 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.
Contemporary 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.
The Alpine audio set-up is one of the most sophisticated automotive systems in the world. Called IMPRINT and using MultiEQ 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.
One size fits all
The leather clad front seats are very supportive with a lightweight manual adjustment mechanism for fore and aft, rake and lumbar. The rear seats of 2+2 versions of the Evora are intended for children and smaller adults. To maximize comfort in the rear, there’s a decent amount of foot room under the front seats. When unoccupied, the rear seats provide a convenient stowage area, adding to the Evora’s appeal as an everyday car. The 5.7 cubic foot trunk, which ingeniously features a fresh air cooling system to reduce the effect of any heat ingress from the engine bay, will also accommodate a full set of golf clubs.
Easy in, easy out
With the Elise and its derivatives, the no-compromise character of the car makes getting in and out across a wide sill and through a comparatively narrow door/window opening part of the charm of ownership. For the Evora to be a serious daily driver, and to attract newcomers to the Lotus brand, greater convenience and practicality is provided. As a consequence the sill is now lower and slimmer (just over 3 inches wide compared with almost 4 inches in the Elise), and the whole door aperture taller. The doors open wider than on the Elise and its siblings, while the height of the front seat is raised 2.5 inches. While the Evora is undeniably more liveable in respect to its everyday practicality, once you’re seated behind its flat-bottomed steering wheel, it feels every bit as exotic and sporting as you would expect a Lotus to be.
Safely does it
In common with the Elise and its derivatives, The Evora’s bonded extruded aluminium chassis tub has incredible inherent strength, particularly in regard to side impacts. Additional torsional strength is given to the whole structure by the tubular steel seatbelt anchorage frame that also acts as a rollover structure.
Deformable sacrificial aluminium front and steel rear subframe modules are attached to the tub using joints which are designed to minimise damage to the tub, protecting the main passenger cell in the event of an accident. Driver and passenger airbags are standard. The airbag on the passenger side is cleverly engineered to deploy vertically and then be deflected rearwards by the windscreen, to provide protection for children as well as adults.
Anti-lock brakes are standard on all models, as is Lotus Traction Control (LTC); these systems have been specially developed in co-operation with Bosch and enable less skilled drivers to consistently exploit the braking and acceleration capabilities of the Evora, while allowing skilled enthusiasts the freedom to enjoy the full Lotus driving experience. The Evora will also feature an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system as standard equipment.
The chassis: Versatile Vehicle Architecture
The Evora’s chassis is an evolution of the Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) from the Lotus APX concept vehicle previously showcased at the Geneva Motor Show, and allows for the development of a range of vehicles up to a gross vehicle weight approaching 4,200 lbs. This architecture has been designed to be more applicable to mid-volume vehicles by utilizing our low capital investment manufacturing processes. The Evora structure progresses the Lotus ‘bonded and riveted’ technology used in the Elise family of vehicles with unique extrusions and folded panels, while providing contemporary ease of ingress/egress, build modularity and lower repair costs. The low volume VVA architecture has been designed so that it can be extended in width, length and height. The strength and stiffness of the low volume VVA chassis can be modified cost effectively by varying the wall thickness of the extrusions, without altering the exterior dimensions. The ability to lengthen or shorten extrusions with the option to tailor the chassis stiffness, vastly increases the number of vehicles that can be developed from this vehicle architecture. Front and mid-engine installations have been considered, as well as hybrid and Electric Vehicle (EV) applications.
The Lotus Evora employs a composite roof as a stressed structural member to give an exceptional vehicle stiffness of 26,600 Nm per degree, thanks in part to the seatbelt anchorage frame’s secondary function as a roll over structure, and partly because the high-tech composite body panels are stressed items. However, despite this high stiffness, the complete chassis and modules weigh just 440 lbs., helping to keep the weight of the whole car to just 3,046 lbs.
To deliver this high performance structure, bonded and riveted high-grade aluminium extrusions and simple and elegant folded sheet elements are used in the lower structure, building upon award winning research projects in this field. Lotus pioneered the technology of bonded aluminium extrusions for use in road vehicles and has successfully developed high performance cars for other car companies around the world.
The central tub is attached to an extruded aluminium subframe at the front and a lightweight welded steel subframe at the rear. These subframe modules also offer advantages in terms of convenience and low cost of repair. During manufacturing these subframe modules can be brought to the production line fully assembled, ready to be attached.
The high technology Lotus Evora chassis will be manufactured at the new Lotus Lightweight Structures facility in Worcester, UK. LLS employs 120 skilled engineers, technicians and sales staff and will manufacture all the Lotus aluminium structures, including those for the Elise, Exige, 2–Eleven and Europa and aluminium and composite structures and components for Lotus’s extensive global client base.
Suspended & animated
The Evora suspension wishbones are forged from aluminium 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 delivers. It 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 cornering, speed and agility.
Stop right now…
Vented and cross-drilled brake discs – massive 13.8 inch on the front and 13.1 inch at the rear – and high performance Lotus/AP Racing 4-piston calipers insure impressive stopping power. Everyone connected with the brake testing program, conducted on the punishing corners, climbs and descents of the Nürburgring, has described the brakes as ‘phenomenal’ with excellent thermal performance and outstanding feel even after extended sessions of extreme use. Part of that testing program was to finalize settings for the ABS system being developed in conjunction with Bosch. The system is set to very high thresholds and operates so progressively that drivers are often unaware that they have actually triggered the ABS.
Safe. Fun. Lotus Traction Control
The switchable Lotus Traction Control (LTC) system has been developed simultaneously with the ABS and works through the engine management system to reduce power when required to maintain traction. Unlike many traction control systems, LTC has been tuned to complement the skills of the driver without taking over. The Lotus LTC is active above 5 mph (8 km/h) and operates much more quickly than many brake based systems. The system can be deactivated completely, giving no traction control intervention.
Keeping a grip – 18-inch at the front, 19-inch at the rear
Tire choice is a vital component in the handling performance of every Lotus and for the Evora the Pirelli P-Zero ultra-high performance tires were chosen to best compliment the chassis tuning. The Evora features 225/40 ZR18 tires at the front and larger diameter 255/35 ZR19 tires at the rear to optimize the supple ride characteristics and also provide exceptionally high levels of cornering and grip.
The V-6 Engine – dual VVT-i (‘intelligent’ variable valve timing)
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-litre 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 6,400 rpm, while boosting its maximum torque to 258 ft.-lbs. at 4,700 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. A close-ratio version of this gearbox, in which 3rd through 6th gears are replaced with those of closer ratios, for the even more sport-focused driver.
Test. Test. Then test some more
It’s a global car, so the Evora has been tested around the world. Evora has experienced the icy vastness of the arctic to the heat of the desert, the high altitude of the Alps as well as the country roads around the Hethel factory. It has spent hours howling around the Nürburgring and endlessly lapping Lotus’s test track. By the time the Evora enters production, prototypes will have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles along some of the worst public roads in the world and been tortured for as many miles on some of the toughest proving grounds the motor industry has to offer. It has been flung into barriers at low and high speeds, at a multitude of angles, including head-on; it has even had its roof compressed! By the time the Evora reaches North American Lotus showrooms in early 2010, it will be the most thoroughly tested car in the history of Lotus. It will also be one of the company’s great milestones.
The Lotus Evora represents Group Lotus, a company that is at the forefront of the automotive industry, in a changing world where priorities of efficiency, economy and environmental impact go hand in hand with performance, design and individuality. Colin Chapman certainly would have wholeheartedly approved.
About Group Lotus plc:
The main operating subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Ltd, which has two operating divisions – Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognized automotive engineering consultancy based in Norfolk, UK. Global facilities include those in Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and offices in Germany and Japan, with rapid expansion in new territories such as Southeast Asia and the Gulf States.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to
many of the world’s OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineering service from
initial concept and project design through development and integration of the complete
vehicle to meet all worldwide markets and customers to full production. This includes
third party ‘niche vehicle’ engineering and manufacture worldwide.
Lotus Cars builds world class, prestige, high performance sports cars for sale in 37 countries. These include the iconic Lotus Elise, Exige and Europa. Lotus is a global high-tech company, expanding and committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels. Together, these two enterprises are a powerful team, committed to changing the rules that define automotive excellence.
2010 Lotus Evora Pricing Will Start at $73,500 in the US
In preparation for the arrival of the all-new 2010 Evora into the US market during the first quarter of 2010, two Evoras are set to begin a forty-six dealer Open House Tour. Following are the Evora’s US market product content, option packages, pricing details and the full Tour schedule.
All-New 2010 Lotus Evora Prepares for Launch
While Evora production for the UK and European markets has been ramping up for months to begin fulfilling their orders, production for the US and Canadian markets has yet to begin. Though the Evora has only been shown on a few occasions thus far in the US and Canada, approximately the first two months of production are already pre-sold. To enable more sports car aficionados an opportunity to see the Evora in person, starting Friday, November 13 two Evoras will embark on a forty-six dealer Open House Tour of the US.
The Lotus Evora in Summary
The Lotus Evora will enter the sports car market as the only mid-engine 2+2 in production. Evora is designed for people who desire the exotic sports car characteristics of stunning design, exclusivity, dramatic proportions and performance. However, it offers real-world usability, surprising efficiency and a unique sense of occasion as well.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 276 hp at 6,400 rpm and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque at 4,700 rpm, the Evora employs innovative lightweight chassis technology to ensure all-around exceptional dynamic performance, in keeping with the great Lotus tradition. From its beginning over 60 years ago, Lotus’ consistent guiding principle has been to achieve ‘performance through light weight’ and that’s always meant all facets of performance including efficiency. Evora provides unassailable proof of this ethos as the only regular production car in the world capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 mph in under 5 seconds (4.9), on up to a top speed over 160 mph (162) while also delivering 30+ miles per gallon on the highway.
Inside the Evora simplicity meets sophistication in an exquisite combination of detailing and hand-built craftsmanship. By using only the finest leather from renowned experts Muirhead, the interior is hand-trimmed and twin-stitched to create a beautifully tactile and visually striking environment. Genuine aluminum instrument and center console surfaces contain ergonomically positioned controls providing a purposeful drivers’ cockpit. The leather wrapped steering wheel is tilt and telescopically adjustable, flat-bottomed to ease entry and exit and made from ultra-lightweight magnesium to provide super-precise feel through the wheel. The adjustable Recaro seats cradle the occupants and, along with the perfectly placed aluminum pedals, complete the optimum connection between driver – Evora – and the road. The rear seat area is cleverly hidden within the exotic, mid-engine profile of the Evora. An Alpine audio system with available touch-screen navigation, i-Pod (and other MP3 player) connectivity, Bluetooth and other amenities make the journey all the more pleasant. The Evora is a pure sports car that you can happily, comfortably enjoy every day.
For peace of mind, the 2010 Lotus Evora has a 3-year/36,000-mile limited vehicle warranty with an 8-year chassis perforation warranty.
Lotus Evora Standard and Optional Equipment
S = Standard
O = Optional
Engine and transmission:
276 hp 3.5 liter V-6 engine with VVT-I S
6-speed manual transmission S
Sports ratio 6-speed manual transmission O
Optimal gear shift-point display S
Twin polished exhaust tailpipe S
Fully independent suspension layout S
Forged aluminum unequal length double wishbones with integral joint S
Lotus-tuned Bilstein mono-tube gas dampers (front and rear) S
Eibach coaxial coil springs (front and rear) S
Anti-roll bars (front and rear) S
Pirelli P ZeroTM ultra-high performance tires (225/40 ZR18 front and 255/35 ZR19 rear) S
Hydraulically-assisted power steering S
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) S
Lotus Traction Control (TCS) – switchable S
Lotus Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – switchable S
Lotus lightweight deformable bonded aluminum front structure S
Lotus all-aluminum safety monocoque ‘tub’ S
Lotus welded galvanized deformable steel rear structure S
Lotus side impact safety structure S
Stainless steel fuel tank, sheltered within safety shell S
2-stage airbags for driver and front passenger S
ISOFIX child seat fastening system in the rear S (on 2+2 seating configuration only)
AP Racing 4-piston aluminum alloy brake calipers (front and rear) S
Ventilated brake discs (13.8” front and 13.1” rear) S
BOSCH ABS with servo assisted brakes featuring:
• Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) S
Key located remote central locking system and trunk release S
Immobilizer and key activated alarm S
3rd central brake light – high mounted S
Rear windscreen defroster S
Insulated double-glazed rear window, filled with Argon gas S
Tire pressure monitoring system S
Silver cast alloy wheels (18″ front and 19″ rear) S
Stealth Grey cast alloy wheels (18″ front and 19″ rear) O
Silver forged alloy wheels (18″ front and 19″ rear) O
Gloss Anthracite forged alloy wheels (18″ front and 19″rear) O
Bi-Xenon headlights with headlight washing system S
Body colored, heated, electric door mirrors S
Body colored, heated, electric, power-fold door mirrors O
Aerodynamically optimized rear wing and diffuser S
Body colored door handles S
Chrome ‘LOTUS’ and model designation badges S
Air conditioning system S
Adjustable Recaro Black leather sport seats (front). Recline tilt
and slide. Black cloth trimmed rear seating area S
Flat-bottomed leather and magnesium steering wheel S
Manual steering column adjustment for height and reach S
Bespoke aluminum illuminated control knobs and switches S
Electric windows S
Leather gear shift knob and gaiter S
Leather handbrake cover S
Remote release glove box S
Door storage bins & integrated cup holders S
12-V interior accessory socket S
12-V trunk mounted accessory socket S
Lotus command center with auxiliary trip computer S
Alpine CD/MP3/WMA receiver including:
• 2x45W High Power Amp (6.25” coaxial 2-way speakers & dash mounted tweeters)
• CD-R/-RW/MP3 playback capability S
Full speed connection for iPod touch, iPod nano and all iPod models with dock connector S
Full speed AUX input S
Quick search S
Lightweight fractal radio aerial S
Technology Package: O
Upgraded stereo system with:
• Alpine Mobile Media Station
• DVD±R/±RW/MP3/AAC/WMA/DivX Playback
• 2x50W High Power Amp (6.25” coaxial 2-way speakers & dash mounted tweeters)
• Alpine lightweight amp with lightweight 150 W subwoofer
• 7″ WVGA Touch Screen display
• Alpine BlackBird Portable Satellite Navigation
• Bluetooth mobile phone connection
• USB connection for various iPod models, selected other MP3 players and memory sticks
• iPod connection and docking cradle in glove box
• Full speed AUX input
• Quick search
• Cruise Control, included in steering wheel
• Rear parking sensors
Technology Package upgrades:
Alpine/Lotus IMPRINT Sound, Specialized Advanced fine-tuning
• Optimization of sound reproduction
• Enhanced sound staging and definition within the car O
Alpine Reversing camera (day & night) with 138O Field of View O
Premium Package: O
• Accent lighting
• Leather trimmed tailgate insert panel
• Evora logo on dash
• Premium floor mats
• Choice of seat leather color
• Leather trimmed lower dash
• Leather trimmed door panel below trim band
• Leather trimmed door pockets
• Leather footwell side panels
• Leather trimmed door sill covers
• Leather trimmed center console
• Front center armrest – leather trimmed
Sport Package: O
Switchable sports mode featuring:
• Enhanced throttle response and RPM limit
• Sports traction control mode with increased yaw and slip thresholds
• Sports diffuser
• Titanium exhaust tips
• Cross-drilled brake discs
• Black painted brake calipers
Solid Paint Colors: S
• Ardent Red
• British Racing Green
Metallic Paint Colors: O
• Starlight Black
• Liquid Blue
• Persian Blue
• Canyon Red
• Arctic Silver
• Storm Titanium
• Solar Yellow
Lifestyle Paint Colors: O
• Phantom Black
• Aquamarine Blue
• Laser Blue
• Isotope Green
• Carbon Grey
• Graphite Grey
• Chrome Orange
• Quartz Silver
• Aspen White
Premium Paint Colors: O
• Burnt Orange
• Ice White
3-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper vehicle warranty. 8-year
chassis perforation warranty.
Lotus Evora Standard and Optional Equipment Pricing
2010 Lotus Evora 2+2 $73,500
Premium Package $1,990
Sport Package $1,275
Technology Package $2,995
Sports Ratio 6-Speed Gearbox $1,500
Premium (IMPRINT) Audio $695
Reversing Camera $495
Power Folding Mirrors $450
Stealth Grey Cast Alloy Wheels $425
Silver Forged Alloy Wheels $1,750
Anthracite Grey Forged Alloy Wheels $2,125
Metallic Paint $590
Lifestyle Paint $1,200
Limited Paint $3,300
Lotus Evora Dealer Open House Promotional Tour
Dates City / State Lotus Dealer
Nov. 13 – 14, 2009 Boston, MA Lotus Motorsports, Inc.
Nov. 13 – 14, 2009 Bellevue, WA Park Place. Ltd.
Nov. 15 – 17, 2009 Watertown, CT Valenti Motors, Inc.
Nov. 16 – 17, 2009 Portland, OR Lotus of Portland
Nov. 18 – 19, 2009 Branford, CT Premier Lotus
Nov. 19 – 20, 2009 Reno, NV Lotus of Reno
Nov. 20 – 21, 2009 Huntington Station, NY Lotus Motorcars of Long Island
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2009 Manhattan, NY Manhattan Motorcars
Dec. 2 – 3, 2009 Maywood, NJ Park Avenue Lotus
Dec. 2 – 3, 2009 Denver, CO Lotus of Denver
Dec. 4 – 5, 2009 Hopewell, NJ Sports & Specialist Cars
Dec. 4 – 5, 2009 Las Vegas, NV Lotus of Las Vegas
Dec. 7 – 8, 2009 Springfield, PA Rothrock Motorcars
Dec. 7 – 8, 2009 San Francisco, CA Lotus of San Francisco
Dec. 9 – 10, 2009 Sewickley, PA Ascot Imported Cars
Dec. 9 – 10, 2009 Redwood City, CA Boardwalk Lotus
Dec. 11 – 12, 2009 Cleveland, OH Lotus of Cleveland
Dec. 11 – 12, 2009 Los Gatos, CA Lotus of Los Gatos
Dec. 14 – 15, 2009 Dublin, OH Midwestern Auto Group
Dec. 16 – 17, 2009 Birmingham, MI Auto Europe
Dec. 16 – 17, 2009 Thousand Oaks, CA Lotus of Thousand Oaks
Dec. 18 – 19, 2009 Grand Rapids, MI Fox Lotus
Dec. 18 – 19, 2009 Van Nuys, CA Galpin Lotus
Jan. 4 – 5, 2010 Chicago, IL Fox Valley Motorcars
Jan. 4 – 5, 2010 La Jolla, CA Symbolic of La Jolla
Jan. 6 – 9, 2010 Lake Bluff, IL Lake Forest Sportscars, Ltd.
Jan. 6 – 7, 2010 Newport Beach, CA Newport European
Jan. 11 – 12, 2010 Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Lotus
Jan. 11 – 13, 2010 Minneapolis, MN Lotus Minneapolis
Jan. 14 – 16, 2010 St. Louis, MO Lotus St. Louis
Jan. 15 – 16, 2010 Austin, TX Lotus of Austin
Jan. 18 – 19, 2010 San Antonio, TX Lotus San Antonio
Jan. 20 – 21, 2010 Atlanta, GA Lotus of Atlanta
Jan. 20 – 21, 2010 Houston, TX Star Motor Cars
Jan. 22 – 23, 2010 Dallas, TX Overseas Motors
Jan. 22 – 23, 2010 Greenville, SC Lotus Greenville
Jan. 25 – 26, 2010 Durham, NC Lotus of Durham
Jan. 27 – 28, 2010 Richmond, VA Euroclassics Lotus
Jan. 29 – 30, 2010 Gaithersburg, MD Criswell Lotus
Feb. 1 – 2, 2010 Jacksonville, FL Lotus Jacksonville
Feb. 3 – 4, 2010 Orlando, FL Lotus of Orlando
Feb. 5 – 6, 2010 Tampa Bay, FL Lotus of Tampa Bay
Feb. 8 – 9, 2010 Pompano Beach, FL Lotus of Pompano
Feb. 10 – 11, 2010 West Palm Beach, FL Palm Beach Motor Cars, Ltd.
Feb. 12 – 13, 2010 North Miami Beach, FL Prestige Imports
Feb. 18 – 19, 2010 Coral Gables, FL The Collection
2010 Lotus Evora – Technical Specifications
Maximum Power 276 HP @ 6,400 rpm
Maximum Torque 258 ft.-lbs. @ 4,700 rpm
CO2 Emissions 205 g/km (11.6 ounces/mile)
Weight 3,046.8 lbs. (1,382 kg)
0 – 60 mph 4.9 seconds
Top Speed 162 mph
Fuel Economy 32.5 mpg – 8.7 l/100km (combined Euro cycle, EPA ratings TBD)
Engine Mid-mounted, transverse, 3456 cc, DOHC, Dual VVT-i
Engine Management Lotus T6e engine control unit
Swept Volume (Bore x
Stroke) 94 mm x 83 mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Maximum Power 276 HP @ 6,400 rpm
Maximum Torque 258 ft.-lbs. @ 4,700 rpm
Specific Power Output (HP/ Liter and PS/ Liter) 79 HP / Liter
Cylinder Head Material Aluminum
Engine block material Aluminum
Number of Crankshaft
Number of Camshafts 4
Fuel Supply System Returnless Fuel Injection
Idle Running Speed 600 – 680 rpm (variable)
Ignition 1 spark plug per cylinder
Steering Lotus-tuned power steering
Turning Radius 33.3 ft. (10.1 m)
Steering Lock to Lock 2.86 turns
Service Interval 9,000 miles
Warranty 3-year / 36,000 mile limited warranty with 8-year chassis perforation warranty.
Fuel Premium Unleaded
Maximum Speed 162 mph (261 km/h)
0-60 mph 4.9 seconds
0-100 mph 12.3 seconds
0-100 km/h 5.1 seconds
0-160 km/h 12.2 seconds
60-0 mph 110.2 ft. (33.6 meters) – 2.4 seconds
100-0 mph 290.7 ft. (88.6 meters) – 3.9 seconds
100-0 km/h 120.7 ft. (36.8 meters) – 2.5 seconds
160-0 km/h 293.6 ft. (89.5 meters) – 3.9 seconds
Gearbox 6-speed manual
Clutch Single plate
Differential Open type
Transmission Ratio Sports Ratio Gearbox (Optional) Standard Ratio Gearbox
1st 3.538 3.538
2nd 1.913 1.913
3rd 1.407 1.218
4th 1.091 0.86
5th 0.9697 0.79
6th 0.8611 0.638
Reverse Gear 3.831 3.831
Final drive 1st – 4th 3.777 3.777
Final drive 5th – 6th 3.238 3.238
Emissions Euro 4 compliant
C02 Emissions 205 g/km
Fuel Economy Combined 32.5 mpg – 8.7 litres / 100km (European cycle – EPA is tbd)
Fuel Economy Urban 22.8 mpg – 12.4 litres / 100km (European cycle – EPA is tbd)
Fuel Economy Extra-Urban 43.5 mpg – 6.5 litres / 100km (European cycle – EPA is tbd)
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.9 gallons (60 liters) usable volume
Fuel System Stainless steel fuel tank with Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery to capture hydro-carbon vapor given off during refueling.
Overhang Front 39.1 in. (993 mm)
Overhang Rear 30.5 in. (774 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.7 in. (120 mm)
Overall Length 170.9 in. (4342 mm)
Overall Height 48.1 in. (1223 mm)
Overall Width 72.8 in. (1848 mm)
Wheelbase 101.4 in. (2575 mm)
Track Front at Ground 61.7 in. (1567 mm)
Track Rear at Ground 62.0 in. (1575 mm)
Design Front Ground
Clearance 4.9 in. (125 mm)
Design Rear Ground
Clearance 5.8 in. (147 mm)
Power-To-Weight Ratio 11.0 lbs. per HP
Chassis Lotus developed Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) – modular lightweight epoxy-bonded extruded and sheet aluminum structure.
Vehicle Torsional Rigidity 26,600 Nm per degree
Front Suspension Upper and lower forged aluminum wishbone suspension, anti-roll bar, Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers.
Rear Suspension Upper and lower forged aluminum wishbone suspension, anti-roll bar, Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers.
Wheels Cast wheels – Silver or Stealth Grey (option) – 8” x 18” front &
9.5” x 19” rear
Forged wheels (option) –Silver or Anthracite – 8” x 18” front &
9.5” x 19” rear – 7.1 lbs. lighter overall (3.2 kg lighter)
Front Tires 225/40 ZR18 Pirelli P-Zero
Rear Tires 255/35 ZR19 Pirelli P-Zero
Total Chassis Weight 454 lbs. (206 kg)
Front Module 55.1 lbs. (25 kg)
Rear Module 127.9 lbs. (58 kg)
Chassis Tub 220.5 lbs. (100 kg)
Seatbelt Anchorage Frame 50.7 lbs. (23 kg)
Weight Distribution 39% Front – 61% Rear
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) 3,928.6 lbs. (1782 kg)
Vehicle Weight 3046.8 lbs. (1382 kg)
Operation Servo-assisted brakes
Anti-Lock Brakes Lotus tuned Bosch ABS system
Brake Technology Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Differential Lock and
Electronic Brake Distribution
Brake Calipers Lotus/AP-Racing four-piston calipers (front and rear)
Front Discs 13.8 in. (350 mm) ventilated (cross drilled optional)
Rear Discs 13.1 in. (332 mm) ventilated (cross drilled optional)
Emergency Brake Drum in hat
Drag (Cd) 0.33
Drag (Cd.A) 0.627
Front Downforce 6.6 lbs. (3 kg) at 100 mph (160 km/h)
Rear Downforce 11.0 lbs. (5 kg) at 100 mph (160 km/h)
Aero Package Features Front splitter, flat underbody, rear diffuser and floating rear wing.