V6 VVT-i (Toyota)
|| 6 speed
@ 6,400 rpm
/ 3046 lbs
The 2009 Lotus Evora which was introduced at the 2008 British
Motor Show is an entirely new model for the Lotus marque. In
fact it is the first all-new model since the Elise
debuted in 1995.
The Evora is a more refined sports car than the usual vehicles
from Lotus. It features a well appointed cabin fitted with an
array of electronic gadgetry and a more user friendly layout.
The Lotus Evora's chassis is a development of the Versatile
Vehicle Architecture previewed on the Lotus APX concept from
2006. The Evora structure progresses the Lotus 'bonded and riveted'
technology used in the Elise
/ Exige line of vehicles with
unique extrusions and folded panels.
The Lotus Evora utilizes a lightweight composite roof as a stressed
structural member to give an exceptional vehicle stiffness,
while also helping to maintain a low center of gravity.
Powering the Lotus Evora is a Toyota-sourced 3.5 litre V6 with
variable valve timing. The engine benefits from Lotus' own engine
management software which has been uniquely developed for the
Evora. Peak power output of the engine is rated at 276 horsepower
@ 6,400 rpm, and 252 lb/ft (342 Nm) of torque @ 4,700 rpm.
The engine is connected to a manual six-speed gearbox which
drives the 19" rear wheels. Top speed of the Evora is in
the 160 mph range. The sprint to 60 mph takes under 5 seconds.
To bring the Lotus Evora to a halt the car employs vented and
cross-drilled brake discs with 350mm discs at the front
and 332mm at the rear. The calipers are high performance Lotus
AP Racing 4 piston units. A highly progressive ABS system was
developed in conjunction with Bosch.
For the Lotus Evora a switchable Lotus traction control (LTC) system was developed simultaneously with the
ABS and works through the engine management system to reduce
power when required to maintain traction. The Lotus traction
control system has been tuned to complement the skills of the
driver without taking over. The Lotus LTC is active above 5
mph (8 km/h) and operates much more quickly than many brake
based systems. The system can be deactivated completely, giving
no traction control intervention.
The suspension wishbones of the Lotus Evora are forged from
aluminium to reduce the unsprung mass. These are similar in
weight, and stiffer than the steel items found on the much smaller
Elise, Exige and Europa
models, they also have a far higher vehicle weight capacity.
The wishbones are attached to the front and rear chassis sections
with custom designed bushes. The Evora utilises Bilstein high
performance dampers and Eibach springs.
Unlike many lotus vehicles, the cabin of the Evora has been
fitted with many of the creature comforts modern drivers have
come to expect. Even from minimalist sports cars. An Alpine
multimedia system with a 7 inch touch-screen provides advanced
audio, satellite navigation, video, Bluetooth hands-free telephone
and iPod connectivity functions. The screen also acts as a display
for The Evora's optional reversing camera.
A new air-conditioning system developed by Bergstrom is fitted
as standard on all Evora models.
The front seats of the Lotus Evora are supportive and leather
clad with a lightweight manual adjustment mechanism for fore
and aft, rake and lumbar support. The rear seats of 2+2 versions
of the Evora are small, and intended for children - or small
adults for short trips. There is also a two-seater version with
a luggage shelf in the back instead of seats.
Similar and related vehicles:
Lotus Evora S
Lotus Europa S
Lotus Esprit Turbo SE
Lotus Elise 111R
Lotus Elise S
Lotus Exige S
Lotus Exige Cup 240
Lotus Sport Exige GT3
Lotus Track Car Concept
Lotus 2-Eleven Track Car
Lotus Elan SE