Lotus Evora (2009)

A car that mixes luxury and modern amenities with traditional Lotus values is something to rejoice. Shame about the timing then.


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Derek loves nothing more than punching a remote location into a GPS, queuing up some music and heading out on a long drive, so it's a good thing he's in charge of CNET Australia's Car Tech channel.


Upside

It has been a long time since Lotus sold anything that wasn't based on its lightweight, two-seat, track-bashing convertible, the Elise. Come the third quarter of 2009 though, Lotus aficionados will be able to get their hands on something a little more comfortable.

Powered by a reworked version of the 3.5-litre V6 from the Toyota Aurion and with a body constructed out of aluminium, the Evora weighs about 1350kg. That's positively portly for a Lotus but still lightweight by six-cylinder sports car standards. Part of the weight gain is due to hitherto unheard of features in a Lotus, like the optional Alpine sound system with 7-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free and DVD player.

With lashings of lovely cream leather — at least on the show car — adorning everything from the dashboard, to the seats and armrests, as well as generous servings of brushed metal, the interior is an inviting place to be, whether you're sprinting to 100km/h in about five seconds, taking a leisurely Sunday drive or merely gawking.

Downside

Lotus is marketing the Evora as 2+2 because wedged between the mid-mounted engine and the front seats are a pair of optional rear seats. Due to the dearth of rear leg room, however, we couldn't imagine anyone larger than a toddler happily sitting in the back for more than, say, five minutes. There's also a 160-litre boot, allegedly large enough for a set of golf clubs.

Outlook

It's great to see Lotus pushing its boundaries by offering a car that mixes the luxury and amenities that modern drivers crave, with traditional Lotus virtues, such as low weight. Shame about the timing though.



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Johnsean posted a comment   

The Good:Don't have to sell it as soon as you start a family!

The Bad:The kids will cry when you do.

I sincerely hope Lotus have success with this. It's a bit more user friendly than an Elise with similar performance.

 

kraftycuts posted a comment   

The Good:Looks so similiar to the old lotus

The Bad:Keeping the look consistent

I think Lotus should really look into redefining the shape!




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