What is it?
The Evora IPS is Lotus’s first automatic gearbox option since it introduced one on the Excel SA in 1986.
Markets like the US and middle- and far-east demand it, and the Evora - mid-engined GT coupe that it purports to be - ought to be ripe for it.
Next-generation Lotuses will likely get twin-clutch ‘boxes, but the Evora IPS - despite the Intelligent Precision Shift initialism - receives a six-speed torque-converter unit, Toyota-sourced like the engine.
It adds £1800 to the Evora’s price (the S remains manual only). Power and torque are unchanged but the figures inevitably take a dive – 0-60mph rises from 4.9 to 5.3sec.
What’s it like?
As with many of the latest generation autos, there’s no shift lever – just a set of buttons on a nicely finished panel on the centre console.
D does what you’d expect: puts the ‘box into a shift pattern (Lotus-developed) that gives a sport/economy compromise – and 208g/km.
As on the manual, there’s a sport button too, which will usually put things a gear or two lower than normal.