The Lotus Evora S is the car the Evora should always have been. A much-improved 2012 version of Britain’s unique mid-engined 3.5 litre V6 two-plus-two bristles with 143 improvements to its quality and equipment. It's clear Lotus has raised its game.
For 2012 the Evora gets new body colours, new wheel colours and a myriad of actions to improve materials quality and panel fit. Inside there is a new steering wheel, a new alloy gearlever knob and surround, new metal-faced pedals and a transformation of the leather-faced front seats into a pair of the most attractive sports buckets in production.
All stitching takes a leap forward as a result of modern systems just installed in Lotus’s own all-new leather and trim shop. New, firmer-action doorhandles open and close doors whose “slam” is improved. New door seals reduce road and wind noise. Fascia materials quality is higher, there is a new, better-performing and easier-to-use screen-based infotainment system, and new option packs affordably offer “real world” equipment.
To improve driving, the 2012 editions get improvements to gearchange precision (via more sophisticated, low-friction cables) and 40 percent less flywheel inertia (to make high-revs gearchanges sweeter and slicker). Lotus' IPS automatic 'box is also offered. It shifts smoothly at low-to-medium speeds, but it can become hesitant when pressing on.