If only Lotus could bring the same attention to detail to the overall integrity of its cars as it does to their dynamics, the company would be a world-beater. As it is, although the Evora is a brilliant in parts, most of which involve dynamics, it’s still hampered by basic flaws such as lacklustre ergonomics and an inadequate gearshift.
That Toyota-sourced gearbox puts a limit on driving the car fast – quick-wristed flicked gearchanges are out of the question, the gearbox just won’t allow it. Lotus now offers an automatic version, badged IPS for Intelligent Precision Shift. It’s sweet enough, but is a traditional torque converter auto rather than the dual-clutch system we’ve been promised on future Lotuses. The IPS is an interesting choice for anyone who doesn’t want to drive a three-pedal Lotus or someone looking for an alternative to the cumbersome manual shift.
The interior’s lack of class is another issue, as is the equipment level. Lavish it is not and even in a car of such undoubted ability, we think today’s customers demand more. That said, there’s no car on sale today with superior dynamic ability. The Evora is a benchmark and an object lesson in how to make a car handle, ride and steer. It could even take a lot more power than the 410bhp it’s currently allowed.
Compromises elsewhere, though, mean that ultimately the Evora remains a car for the handling purist. That’s fine for a second car or a set of weekend wheels, but more difficult to justify when you’re talking about a £70,000-plus GT model.