Finally dropping the development name, Project Eagle, Lotus today revealed its first all new car in over 13 years, the Evora.
Finally dropping the development name, Project Eagle, Lotus today revealed its first all new car in over 13 years, the Evora. Proclaimed as the first mid-engined 2+2 in production, the Evora potentially gives Lotus access to a much wider range of clientele.
As a result, Lotus has packed the Evora with amenities and creature comforts such as leather seats, on-board tyre pressure monitoring, air-conditioning, airbags, Alpine multi-media system, satellite navigation, video, Bluetooth hands-free telephone and iPod connectivity functions, reversing camera and more.
All of this points to the Evora being more of a ‘lifestyle’ vehicle instead of the race-inspired purist car we have learned to known and love. However, Lotus promises 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.
Despite all of the extra stuff, Lotus has compensated with a light weight inner body structure which weighs just 200 kg (prototype weight), helping to keep the weight of the whole car to just 1350 kg.
Add in Toyota’s all-alloy 2GR-FE 3.5-litre V6 producing 280 PS, Bilstein/Eibach suspension, Lotus AP Racing 4 piston calipers with vented and cross-drilled brake discs and this finely appointed everyday pamper mobile turns into a track scorcher capable of sub 5 second 0-60 mph sprints while achieving sub-225 g/km and fuel consumption in the region of 30+ mpg.
See press release below for full details.