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The Lotus Evora S rides and handles in a way that puts nearly everything else in its shade. Shame the interior doesn't match the price tag
Well, the cynical won't find any Porsche bias here. It's gushing praise of Lotus all the way and sucks boo to Porsche.
If anything, it was supposed to feel quicker and it would be stupid to spoil that suspension. So it delivers.
But it's also heavier again, why so much? The Elise SC is hardly heavier then a base one...
I still like the "base" Evora as a roadcar only and real world owners proposition. Will these gearbox, interior and chassi improvements also be introduced there then?
I have a soft spot for Lotus, based on the old ethic of performance through lightness. 1,400kg does seem quite heavy...
Looking at the design, I still think that £60k is too much, but it is good to hear that quality is being worked on, and always good to hear that Lotus deliver brilliant handling cars.
I really hope that the Lotus engineers half revolt against the new regime and still add lightness to the cars without sacrificing the quality improvements being made.
No-one seems to have noticed that the Evora S has virtually identical power and torque of the Esprit V8, and very similar weight. I used to own a V8 Esprit and it was very quick. Absolutely as quick as a stage 1 tuned Skyline R34 (I used to own one of those too) and quicker than a Ferrari 360 (though most things are).
The Evora S looking all but identical to the standard car makes it a real 'sleeper'. I can't wait to try one.
Is there going to be any video Steve?
I want one. I just want one.
[quote the pits]No-one seems to have noticed that the Evora S has virtually identical power and torque of the Esprit V8, and very similar weight.[/quote]
Well spotted, pits. The Evora S is giving away about 50kg in kerb weight but is actually quicker to 60 than the old V8. Slightly slower at the top end though.
The writer clearly rates this car and it is obviously a brilliant drive. Personally though I think it is not a looker. Really want to support Lotus as a British company but I am underwhelmed by their 5 new car designs too and do not think they will all fly. Be delighted to be proved wrong though and wish Lotus great success.
EU Referendum now. Let the people speak.
So it beats the Cayman as a driving tool. I wonder if it can beat a Porsche as a long term ownership proposition: a sturdy and reliable car that can be used day in and day out without it falling apart?
Shame it just looks like another Elise at a glance and not a £70k car.
It is indeed true the Lotus does get 'gushing praise'
all the way,so did the M600 in the test,it still came second !
Those of us who are cynical will wait for a group test with the
Porsche and Evora S in to find out the result before we say anything.