TMR?s Supercar aficionado Beddy almost blew his wad (of cash) when the Lotus Evora was unveiled at the Melbourne International Motor Show this year, and we can?t blame the guy ? it?s a stunning step forward for the British marque.
Production of the Evora is now underway at Lotus? Worcester and Hethel plants in the UK, and the first lucky customers should see a lorry roll up their driveway sometime in May.
In the meantime, Lotus has revealed the list of goodies available with the Evora.
So, what can you expect to find in the Evora? Well, the world?s only serial production 2+2 seater, mid-engined coupe will come powered by a Toyota sourced 3.5 litre V6 pushing out 206kW (272hp) and 341Nm (252lb-ft) of torque.
Drive will be channeled through a six-speed manual gearbox with the option of upgrading to a close ratio sports box becoming available down the line.
The sprint to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) can be dispatched in five seconds and top speed sits just above 255 km/h (160 mph).
The light weight construction of the Evora doesn?t just help it go fast though, with very respectable economy figures of 6.5 litres/100 km on the highway and 12.4 litres/100 km for the urban cycle.
Inside the Evora will come equipped with leather trim and blue LED-lit instruments.
Recaro front seats, a flat bottomed steering wheel and climate control are also included as part of the standard package, but when it comes to dressing the Evora up that?s where the fun really begins.
To ensure your Evora is uniquely yours, Lotus offers a selection of 18-inch front and 19-inch rear cast and forged alloy wheels in silver, grey and gloss anthracite finishes.
Completeing the look outside, buyers can also add bi-xenon headlamps, body coloured door handles and folding exterior mirrors.
A range of package options is available too, with a tech pack comprising an upgraded Alpine sat-nav and audio system, rear parking sensors and tyre pressure monitoring.
A premium pack which covers any remaining interior surfaces (tailgate paneling, lower door trims, arm rests, centre console) is available in a choice of four shades of leather.
The sport pack features a titanium exhaust, cross-drilled brakes, and a switchable sports mode that sharpens throttle response, lifts the RPM limit and allows more slip through the stability control system.
Other options include a choice of 21 exterior colours and the deletion of the rear seats to make way for additional luggage space.
Further along in the Evora?s development-cycle Lotus will offer an automatic transmission, with a convertible version also planned.
All-New 2010 Lotus Evora Product Content and Packaging Details
First deliveries of the eagerly anticipated all-new 2010 Lotus Evora will be made to customers in Europe starting in May 2009 following an extensive and rapid development program that enabled the whole project to be completed in an extraordinary 27 months, almost unprecedented in the automotive industry.
Note: Following is a mild revision of a press release distributed by the PR Department of Group Lotus plc last Tuesday, March 3rd regarding the upcoming launch of the all-new 2010 Lotus Evora in the UK and European markets. Standard and optional product content packaging for the Lotus Evora in the United States and Canadian markets should be quite close to the information contained herein, but is still subject to potential change. Pricing of the Evora in the United States and Canada should be announced in the fall of 2009 and the Evora is scheduled for arrival in North America in early 2010.
All-New 2010 Lotus Evora Prepares for Launch
The first production Lotus Evoras have already started down the assembly line at Lotus' high-tech manufacturing facilities in Worcester UK (where the advanced extruded and bonded aluminum chassis is made by Lotus Lightweight Structures) and at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel UK. Build volumes are expected to ramp up steadily over the next few months with a target of 34 Lotus Evoras being made each week by July 2009. This manufacturing volume is in addition to the current build volume for the Lotus small car platform vehicles (Elise, Exige, Europa and 2-Eleven) of 44 per week building to 55-60 per week in the run up to the northern hemisphere summer.
The Lotus Evora in Summary
The Lotus Evora will enter the sports car market as the only mid-engined 2+2 in production. The new car is a more holistic offering than the Elise and Exige models that have been so massively popular and iconic. The Lotus 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 and a unique sense of occasion as well. Powered by a 3.5-litre V-6 producing 276 hp at 6,400 rpm and 252 lb./ft. 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.
Straight line performance is spectacular, with the 0 ? 60 mph sprint taking place in approximately 5 seconds and a top speed of over 160 mph (prototype figures). Economy and emissions figures are class leading with the Official European Combined Cycle fuel economy being just 8.7 liters/100 km (equivalent to 27 mpg) and the emissions being just 205 g/km CO2 (equivalent to 11.6 ounces/mile CO2). The other fuel economy figures are equally impressive with Official European Urban Cycle figures of 12.4 liters/100 km (equivalent to 19 mpg) and 6.5 liters/100 km (equivalent to 36 mpg) for the Official European Extra Urban Cycle.
Inside, the Lotus Evora cocoons occupants with sumptuous leather surfaces juxtaposed with contemporary high-tech features. With driver-focused instrumentation, the occupants sit in cockpit-like surroundings. A beautifully appointed dash boasts tactile details such as flush-mounted controls that glow with blue LED halos and a stylized speedometer and rev counter ensuring that controls are both attractive and easily accessible. Styled in-house by Lotus Design, the Evora's sophisticated and attention-grabbing lines brilliantly disguise its ability to accommodate passengers in the rear of the cabin, giving the car the external characteristics of a small, nimble sports car belying its real exterior and internal space. Along with being sold in a 2+2 configuration, the Evora will also be available as a two-seater (2+0), the space in the rear being allocated to luggage storage. Other derivatives are also planned for the long-term future, including availability of an automatic transmission and a convertible version in later model years.
For peace of mind, the Lotus Evora has a 3 year 100,000 km (60,000 miles) whole vehicle warranty with an 8 year chassis perforation warranty for EU markets.
Details on the 2010 Lotus Evora's standard and extra-cost optional equipment for the UK and European markets are listed below. Standard and optional product content details for North American specification 2010 Evoras should be quite close to these, but are still subject to potential change:
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
Bilstein mono-tube gas dampers (front and rear) S
Eibach coaxial coil springs (front and rear) S
Anti-roll bars (front and rear) S
Yokohama Advan Sport LTS tires (225/40 ZR18 front and 255/35 ZR19 rear) S
Hydraulically-assisted power steering S
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) S
Switchable traction control S
Lotus lightweight deformable bonded front structure S
Lotus all-aluminum safety monocoque 'tub' S
Lotus welded galvanized deformable 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 fixed aluminum alloy 2-piece calipers S
Ventilated brake discs (350 mm front and 332 mm 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
Silver cast alloy wheels (18" front and 19" rear) S
Silver forged alloy wheels (18" front and 19" rear) O
Stealth Grey cast alloy wheels (18" front and 19" rear) O
Gloss Anthracite forged alloy wheels (18" front and 19"rear) O
Halogen headlights S
Bi-Xenon headlights with headlight washing system O
Solar glass windscreen S
Body colored, heated, electric door mirrors S
Body colored, heated, electric, power-fold door mirrors O
Aerodynamically optimized rear diffuser and wing S
Body colored door handles O
Chrome 'LOTUS' and model designation badges S
Air conditioning system S
Adjustable Recaro Black leather sport seats (front). Recline tilt and slide. S
Flat-bottomed leather and magnesium steering wheel S
Manual steering column adjustment for length and height S
Bespoke aluminum illuminated control knobs and switches S
Electric windows S
Leather gear shift knob 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 battery 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
Upgraded stereo system with:
Alpine Mobile Media Station
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 and selected other MP3 player and memory sticks
iPod connection and docking cradle in glove box
Full speed AUX input
Cruise Control, included in steering wheel
Rear parking sensors
Tire pressure monitoring system
Tech pack upgrades:
Alpine/Lotus IMPRINT Sound with Specialized Advanced fine-tuning
Optimization of sound reproduction
Enhanced sound staging and definition within the car
Alpine Reversing camera (day & night) with 138 degree Field of View
Leather trimmed tailgate insert panel
Evora Logo on dash
Premium floor mats
Choice of seat leather color
Leather door paneling below trim band
Leather trimmed door pockets
Leather footwell side panels
Leather trimmed armrest
Fully leather trimmed centre console
Switchable sports mode featuring:
Enhanced Throttle response and RPM limit
Sports traction control mode with increased yaw and slip thresholds
Titanium sports exhaust tailpipe
Cross-drilled brake discs
Black painted brake calipers
Engine oil cooler**
Solid Paint Colors:
British Racing Green
Metallic Paint Colors:
Lifestyle Paint Colors:
Premium Paint Colors:
Warranty EU Markets:
3 year 100,000 km (60,000 miles) whole vehicle warranty. 8 years
chassis perforation warranty. Customers' statutory rights not affected.
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.
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' latest model, the Lotus Evora, goes on sale in most global markets in the Spring of 2009 and in the US and Canada in the Winter of 2010. 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.
Lotus Cars USA is the North American distributor of Lotus sports cars based in Duluth, Georgia just outside of Atlanta.