So we’re not entirely sure about the looks, and some of the interior is a teeny bit suspect, not so much from an aesthetic point of view but – disappointingly but inevitably perhaps – on quality.
But in most other respects the Evora is a proper piece of work, combining quite extraordinarily good mechanical refinement with a stonking good chassis, beautiful steering, strong yet subtle performance and a level of equipment that just about justifies its price. You can read our first drive by clicking here.
It’s also the world’s first and only mid-engined 2+2, which is admirable, although in all honesty it’s more of a 2+0.5, so little room is there in the rear chairs for anyone much over the age of two. Either way, it’s an impressively packaged sports car that is genuinely more practical than most. You can, according to Lotus, cram two full size sets of golf clubs in the boot, even if there wouldn’t be much room for all the other detritus required by would-be Padraig Harringtons.
But what’s it like beside the mighty Porsche Cayman S?
That’s the big one for the Evora, and it’s a very big one indeed when you think about it. Pound for pound the Cayman is probably Porsche’s best all round car, and in S guise it is knee-tremblingly good to drive. Yet this is the exact car that Lotus targeted when designing, refining and signing off the Evora, so…