The 2014 Lotus Evora is offered in two layouts--as a 2-seater coupe, or as a 2+2 coupe--and in either standard Evora or top-performance Evora S guise. While 2+2 models don't have enough space for adults in back, they do have two seating spaces that can double as storage space.
The Evora is built on a bonded aluminum structure, with a mid-engine layout. There's a double-wishbone front and rear suspension with Eibach springs, front and rear anti-roll bars and hydraulic power steering.
An electromechanical limited-slip differential helps provide traction out of tight corners and under power, while there's also an electronic stability control system and anti-lock braking with Brake Assist to complement the 4-wheel vented disc brakes. Cast alloy wheels (18-inch in front and 19-inch in back) wheels with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires are standard.
All versions of the Evora are powered by a 3.5L Toyota-derived V6; but the engine makes 276 horsepower in the Evora and, with the help of a supercharger, 345 hp in the Evora S. While the Evora can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 163, the Evora S can get to 60 in just 4.4 seconds and to a top speed of 178 mph. Fuel efficiency is the same on either model, though, with quite impressive EPA ratings of up to 19 mpg city, 28 highway.
Evora S models have a few key differences from Evora models. There's a more aggressive rear diffuser, black wing mirror caps and rear light surrounds, as well as an active exhaust system for a sportier sound. A Sports Pack is standard on the Evora S and optional on the Evora, offering multiple modes that allow sharper throttle response, a higher rev limit and intrusive stability control intervention.
On either version of the Evora, you can now get a 6-speed automatic Intelligent Precision Shift 6-speed automatic gearbox. The automatic has four different modes, ranging from normal to aggressive and completely controlled by the steering-wheel paddle-shifters, and the transmission will do rev-matched downshifts with a throttle blip--assuring that the car's composure won't be upset during high-performance driving.
Standard features on the base Evora include keyless entry, air conditioning, Recaro sport seats, a center console with covered storage and a 4-speaker sound system with CD player and auxiliary input.
There's plenty of room for options on the Evora, and most extras are grouped into packages. A Technology Pack adds parking sensors, cruise control and an Alpine navigation system with 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, HD Radio compatibility, iTunes tagging, and SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility. A Premium Pack adds heated leather seats, accent lighting, leather-trimmed footwell panels and leather for the center armrest. There are several other appearance-oriented packages (a Black Pack, Premium Pack Sport and Premium Suedetex Pack), while standalone-option highlights include a back-up camera and power folding mirrors.
Cars like theneed to exist. A refreshingly tactile experience in an increasingly sterilized world, the Evora eschews driver assistance technologies and robust infotainment wizardry in favor of a highly engaging relationship between car and driver. Whether it be a weekend track day or spirited run up a great canyon road, the Evora kindly requests that you shut up and drive.
Right from the start, the GT is a car that requires extra attention. Starting the Evora is the same convoluted process as before: Use the fob to unlock the car, turn the key in the ignition on the right side of the steering column and then press the engine start button on the left side of the dashboard. Do it quickly, too -- you only have about 30 seconds to fire up the engine, or you'll have to hit the unlock button and start over. It's a finicky introduction to such a simple car. But I'll admit, I kind of like it.
The V6 engine roars to life with an uncharacteristically throaty rasp. That's especially true when you consider this V6 -- a 3.5-liter, Toyota-sourced lump -- is a heavily massaged version of the motor that powers olderand . With a water-to-air charge cooler and an Edelbrock supercharger, the formerly milquetoast V6 produces 416 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque when mated to the Evora GT's standard six-speed manual transmission. Opt for the six-speed automatic and you get an extra 15 pound-feet of twist, but, well, it's not worth it. More on that in a minute.
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