A big thank you goes to Fernando Cruz, of FCX Photography, for taking such provocative and beautiful shots of the 2012 Lotus Evora S in his makeshift garage studio he made for this car.
2012 Lotus Evora S MSRP: $77,600
Price with options: $89,745
Engine: Supercharged 3.5-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower: 345 @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 295 @ 4500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Curb Weight: 3,168 lbs.
0 – 60 mph: 4.3 seconds
Max Speed: 178 mph
Fuel Economy: 17 City/26 Highway
6-Speed Manual Transmission Standard
Premium Package – Sport – $3,250
Sport Package Standard
Technology Package – $3,100
Reversing Camera – $550
Gunmetal Forged Design Wheels – $2,750
Metallic Paint – $1,200
Destination Charge – $1,295
The Good: Performance; Exotic-ness; People think it’s a spaceship; No one can hate you driving it; Comfort on the highway is better than you’d imagine; There’s plenty of power in 6th gear; People think you spent near-200 grand for a $90,000 car.
The Bad: Sat-nav screen is too dim during the day with no adjustment; iPod connectivity is a breeze, but it’s hard to know what to push when trying to change artists, playlists, etc.; Obsessive compulsive button pushing.
The Ugly: The executive who’s above you will probably fire you for believing your Lotus cost you more than his Ferrari.
The Truth: If you’re looking for performance for the dollar, look away, my friend. This car is meant for the guy who enjoys what really matters: driving pleasure with good bits of comfort added in. You learn to care less about cup holders, gizmos and gadgets, and just enjoy the sound of the motor, feel of the transmission and clutch, and that perfect launch off the line every time. In the end, it’ll probably be the greatest car you ever drive and possibly own. Get it now before the Lotus Evora S actually costs $250,000 at Mecum or Barrett-Jackson.