Lotus will take the wraps off a range-topping supercharged S variant of the Evora at the Paris motor show.
The Lotus Evora S, spied here on the first day of a three-day test at the Nurburgring, will be the most hardcore version of the Evora yet. A supercharger will be fitted to the base car’s Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 engine to boost power to in excess of 350bhp and produce more than 300lb ft of torque.
This should allow the Evora to achieve a 0-62mph time of comfortably less than 5.0sec and reach a top speed in excess of 175mph.
The fitting of a supercharger has been made possible in the Evora’s compact chassis due to clever packaging of the V6 engine, which was always designed with the later addition of a supercharger in mind.
The Evora’s engine bay has been designed to accommodate its supercharger between the cylinder banks, so as not to obstruct rear-view mirror visibility (which is compromised in the supercharged Elise).