The countdown to the exciting Lotus Evora has started with the initial media impressions of the 3.5-litre, mid-engine, 2+2 coupe drawing hugely positive comments and praise, and Lotus Cars Australia confirming the local pricing of the 2+2 and 2+0 Evora.
We actually have to agree with Lotus when it says the Evora will be the most significant Lotus car to be launched in the past decade and promises to be one of the most exciting new cars of its time.
The all-new Lotus combines traditional Lotus ride and handling attributes with a large, practical platform encompassing a whole new drivetrain.
The Evoras will enter the market as the only mid-engined 2+2 in production. The new car is a more holistic offering than the Elise, Exige and Europa models that have made the brand so iconic.
Despite exceptional international demand for the car, Lotus Cars Australia has secured a number of Evoras for Australia to satisfy Australian demand.
The initial global Evora production will consist of higher specification vehicles including the following (although customer can also order vehicles to their own specification now, for later delivery):
These initial ‘Launch Edition’ vehicles include either Ardent Red or British Racing Green as standard, and all other colours from the Lotus range are available as a cost option.
The three option packs (standard on the Launch Edition) will be available as a cost option once the initial run of higher specification ‘Launch Edition’ vehicles is completed.
The Tech, Sport and Premium packs add items such as a touch-screen display, iPod connection, cruise control, parking sensors, accent lighting, full leather trimming in selected colour, traction control, sports diffuser and switchable sports mode
A sports ratio six-speed transmission is also available to experience the maximum performance offered by the V6 engine, combining a closer stack of ratios for improved acceleration and greater in-gear response.
As Lotus says the Evora is designed for people who desire exotic sports car characteristics of stunning design, exclusivity and performance, being powered by a 3.5-litre, V6 producing 206kW and 342Nm, and using innovative lightweight chassis technology.
Performance is spectacular with 0-100km/h in just over five seconds, combined with low emissions and fuel consumption of just 205g/km and 8.7l/100km (combined highway/urban cycle).
Inside, the Lotus Evora cocoons occupants with sumptuous leather surfaces juxtaposed with contemporary high-tech features.
With driver focused instrumentation the occupants sit in cockpit-like surroundings with flush-mounted controls that glow with blue LED haloes and stylised gauges.
Styled in-house by Lotus Design, the Evora’s sophisticated and attention-snaring lines brilliantly disguise its ability to accommodate passengers in the rear of the cabin, giving the car the external characteristics of a small, nimble sportscar belying its real exterior and internal space.
As well as being sold in a 2+2 configuration, the car will also be available as a two-seater, the space in the rear being allocated to luggage storage. An automatic version is in future planning.
The entry level Lotus Evora 2+0 will be priced at $149,990 (recommended price before statutory and delivery charges), with the Lotus Evora 2+2 being priced at $156,990 (recommended price before statutory and delivery charges).
The 2+2 adds the convenience and practicality of rear seats in addition to a host of luxury appointments both standard and optional including Alpine audio system, reversing camera and cruise control.
For peace of mind, the Lotus Evora has a three-year 100,000km whole vehicle warranty.
While the first customer deliveries are currently taking place in Europe, Australians will get the chance to experience the V6 Evora for themselves for the first time in the third quarter of 2009.
Both the initial higher specification vehicles and customer specified vehicles can be ordered now through the Lotus dealer network in Australia.