Lotus reveals the latest version of the Evora and makes it available in North America.
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. It’s my favorite car company. They are known for being the ultimate in lightweight chassis construction, chassis dynamics, and steering feel. They place a high focus on weight reduction, to the point where I feel guilty typing this article with a heavy desktop and keyboard, not one made out of aluminum or carbon fiber. My word count already makes this feel heavy. I’m trying to “add lightness,” something Colin Chapman would find agreeable.
The Elise has been the long time chassis of the Lotus brand. Despite changes in safety for the past 20 years, Lotus has been able to keep the Elise lightweight with the aluminum chassis and sophisticated construction techniques. The Evora was the “mature” Elise, with V6 power. The Evora model line made a slight compromise to weight to the Elise model line, but compensated with premier ride quality out of a standard strut and anti-roll bar system, while providing great chassis dynamics.
They have raised the bar with the latest Evora Sport 410.
"Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented, “We couldn’t help ourselves, and many may have guessed what we were planning following our recent announcements. We wanted to make the Evora even better: lighter, faster and sharper, but our team has exceeded our expectations. Lotus has distilled what makes the Evora so special into something that’s even more focused. The result is dynamically excellent and nothing short of superb.”"
Lotus found a way to trim the overall weight by another 152 pounds while boosting overall engine output to 410 horsepower. This allows the Evora Sport to reach 60 miles an hour in just 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 186 miles per hour. Curb weight is dropped to just 2,921 pounds. Essentially, the car achieves a power to weight ratio that is nearly double a Toyota FR-S or Subaru BRZ.
Lotus has made an alternative to the common Porsche. Drivers that are searching for the extra bit of purity can find a more enhanced driving experience through the Lotus brand. Fortunately, that experience of purity is coming stateside, and we can’t wait to find out how blissful that experience really is.