From £51,550
IPS makes an Evora a viable car for those who just don’t want to drive with three pedals

Our Verdict

Lotus Evora

Lotus moves upmarket with a 2+2 GT, but is the Lotus Evora an everyday car?

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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.

There’s no permanent manual mode – the sweetly made and located, wheel-mounted paddles override things in ‘normal’ but it’ll still change up at the redline and, if you don’t change gear for 10sec, reverts to automatic.

In ‘sport’, pulling the levers for manual override lets the engine bounce off the limiter, it blips the engine on downshifts, and will wait 30sec before reverting back to auto. Lotus thinks that you won’t go 30sec without changing gear if you’re driving enthusiastically. It also says the torque converter feels tight, not slushy, with upshifts given a bit of a kick to enhance the feeling.

That’s the theory. In practice it’s a mixed bag. Shifts are usually made intelligently and cleanly. But around town it’s difficult to ease smoothly to a stop because downshifts affect deceleration. When driving more enthusiastically, full bore upshifts sometimes combine with a slur of wasted revs.

The biggest issue, though, is ‘sport’ mode downshifts if you’re braking towards a corner. The engine over-blips the revs and, by the time they’ve have fallen enough that the drive can re-engage, you’re frequently past the apex, and have been wanting throttle for a while already. That doesn’t happen at every corner, but at enough to leave it frustrating.

That takes some of the edge of the Evora driving experience. Its ride, handling and steering are still exemplary, and while most of the time the gearbox lets you enjoy that, there are occasions when it hampers the fun.

Should I buy one?

Perhaps, but make sure it’s for the right reasons: unlike many modern sporting automatics, IPS makes an Evora a viable car for those who just don’t want to drive with three pedals. But it isn’t for those looking for an appealing alternative to the Evora’s fairly average manual shift.

Lotus Evora 2+0 IPS

Price: £52,350; Top speed: 155mph; 0-60mph: 5.3sec; Economy: 32.1mpg; Co2: 208g/km; Kerbweight: 1436kg; Engine type, cc: V6, 3456cc, petrol; Power: 276bhp at 6400rpm; Torque: 258lb ft at 4600rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd automatic

Join the debate


6 June 2011

I know why they've done it and done it now but I think this will have a negative impact on the Lotus reputation.

They sorely need a good twin clutch box and this smacks of taking the easy, quick option.



It's all about the twisties........

6 June 2011

Well didn't Lotus always do that and try and make it sound like a new innovation?

Peter Cavellini.

6 June 2011

[quote Peter Cavellini] Well didn't Lotus always do that and try and make it sound like a new innovation?[/quote]

At least it's got a fancy name...

6 June 2011

[quote TegTypeR]They sorely need a good twin clutch box[/quote]

And where would they get a good twin clutch box? You wouldn't recommend the VW/Audi DSG box, would you ? ? ?

7 June 2011

Well done Lotus. I didn't think you could make the Evora less desirable to me, but you have found a way.

p.s. Has 'whirling' Colin Chapman heard the new company mission statement - 'Complicate and add weight', yet?


7 June 2011

[quote TegTypeR]I know why they've done it and done it now[/quote]

American market? Their current box is the car's weak point. From my friend's reports all else seem greatly improved, especially build quality. (Bought his Evora recently.) Nevertheless, it's yet another Brit "nearly" car.

7 June 2011

[quote Uncle Mellow]

[quote TegTypeR]They sorely need a good twin clutch box[/quote]

And where would they get a good twin clutch box? You wouldn't recommend the VW/Audi DSG box, would you ? ? ?


Very true.

There are others out there - Ford for instance or I am sure one of the third party manufacturers such as ZF will have a suitable solution.



It's all about the twisties........


8 June 2011

Dreadful thing. £53k... never mind the gearbox - look at the pedals! Would it be possible to make them look more cheap and nasty? Is that a single pop rivet holding the accelerator pedal on?! Holy cow that's a cheap looking interior for that loony price tag.

£53k... what's that, a two year old 911? A brand new M3, an RS3 with change... you've got to be seriously dedicated to ultimate track handling above all else for this to appeal surely... and if you're that guy you'll want that auto box like a third elbow. Every new thing I see and hear from Lotus makes me want one less.

9 June 2011

Crazy name, surely it would have been good to re-se the old Europa special edition monicker? Try this Lotus Evora JPS, available in any colour scheme as long as it's gold on black...

12 June 2011

Don't buy one then...


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