After road testing Land Rover’s 2010 Range Rover and Discovery models, reviews of which, we will post later this week, it was time to fast track to Edinburgh and catch a plane to Frankfurt.
The Frankfurt International Motor Show has always been one of the largest in the world, but this year it is huge, with eleven halls it’s more a city within a city, if you will.
Mercedes-Benz and BMW have their own buildings, as does the Volkswagen group, which, includes Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, which isn’t attending this year.
While CarAdvice has already posted a number of news articles on new releases at the show, we spent a good part of today, on the ground, taking as many photographs as possible in between face-to-face interviews with design directors and car company bosses.
Lotus has a stand directly opposite Land Rover, where we are based, and the new Evora caught our eye immediately.
While CarAdvice hasn’t driven the car as yet, overseas reports rate the car’s performance and handling, highly.
Powered by a common Toyota 3.5-litre V6, and weighing in at a paltry 1382 kilograms, the Evora is fast, 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds kind of fast.
It’s also the world’s only mid-engine 2+2, which provides the car with typical super glue style grip, a core brand value of Lotus.
Although its small in stature, don’t let that fool you, the Evora can accommodate two adults up to 196cm tall.
Built at Hethel in England, you will be guaranteed of exclusivity, as only 2000 cars will be built each year. That said there is the potential to extend the Evora nameplate to other variants of the car.
Next to the purely road going version, sat the Evora Type 24 Endurance Racer, with a six-speed sequential paddle shift, AP Racing six-piston callipers and four-way adjustable dampers, this car will own the track.