by Brett Davis

The Lotus Evora nameplate will exist in the British company’s line-up for a few more years yet, with a new revised model currently being planned. The new Evora will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Lotus CEO, Dany Bahar, said the new model would get 147 changes, all of which will be aimed at improving the overall quality of the Evora. Bahar said in a recent Auto Express report, the “priority is to improve the quality, to give the car a soul”.

The changes are likely to include a new interior with higher quality finishes and materials, a new exhaust creating a distinct sports car sound, and a slicker transmission.

Other changes include the introduction of new showroom variants. Lotus is planning a cabriolet version, which will share its roof mechanism technology with the upcoming Espirt carbrio, as well as a focused high-performance version.

The high-end sports version will feature a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 producing around 298kW of power. Reports say the model will have a similar focus as the Lotus Evora GT race car, only more suitable for the road.

In October, Lotus is also planning on unveiling a working hybrid Evora concept which will use two electric motors and a 1.2-litre three-cylinder hybrid powertrain. The ultra-fuel efficient model is set for release sometime in 2013.

  • qikturbo

    Still looks like a kit car!

  • John

    How about dumping the toyota powerplants and gearboxes? That would be a good start.
    Don’t get me wrong though I am no toyota hater, they make excellent A – B vehicles for people that want reliable, basic transport. Lotus however is solely in the business of making enthusiast cars and as such they need a more soulful platform from which too build!

    • Tommy

      Toyota make basic A-B transport nowadays but not 10 years ago.

  • John Mansfield

    I am glad to see that Lotus are responding to the quality issues raised by the press and public.
    With the Elise they ignored the quality issues raised and just went ahead with a restyle.
    I remember sitting in a dealership in Birmingham Michigan. Both Proton and Lotus had asked for feedback. Improve quality (water leak into headlight etc)was the feedback… Restyle was the response!
    Good for Lotus. A positive step forward.

  • Old Dog

    @john, that’s precisely what they are doing. Developing their own engines, and not soon enough.

  • Richard

    There is no way Lotus has the money to design their own engines. Lotus must just focus on quality issues and ensure the engine they chose (there are many good engines on the market)has the right sounds as well as enough power and torque.

  • IfItAintARotorItAintAMotor

    A sports version of a lotus? Shouldn’t that be the base model?