Paris: Lotus Evora Gets A Supercharger


Two years since its arrival on UK roads the Lotus Evora is getting an upgrade.

If more power is your thing the supercharged Evora S should suit. And if you've only got an automatic licence but want to tool around in Norfolk's finest the IPS will be the one for you.

Let's start with the S. Simple maths will help us describe this one: 276bhp V6 + Supercharger = 345bhp + fun.


To cope with the extra grunt there's stiffer suspension and hefty cross-drilled brakes. Matching the collars to the cuffs (as it were), Lotus has given the Evora S a sport button. Press it and the car's throttle response sharpens, the exhaust's bypass valve opens and the DSC allows more fun.

The supercharger, naturally, helps performance: 0-60mph takes 4.6secs and it'll go on to 172mph before hitting the limiter.

The IPS (or 'Intelligent Precision Shift') is a six-speed paddle shifter and a little more staid. Well, as staid as you can be with 276bhp.

Evora IPS: Look, no gearstick!
Evora IPS: Look, no gearstick!
Drivers can swap between paddle shift, fully auto and 'sport' mode - which makes things a little sharper.The paddles don't help performance, as 60mph comes in 5.3secs and it'll 'only' manage 155mph. Where legal. Ahem.

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Comments (25) Join the discussion on the forum

  • MonkeyMatt 01 Oct 2010

    How many have they sold in the two years they have been on sale?

  • slipstream 1985 01 Oct 2010

    stop with this "sport button" nonsense. if i buy a sports car i want it maximum level of sportyness all the time.

    345 bhp is what it should have been from the begining.

  • Fittster 01 Oct 2010

    MonkeyMatt said:
    How many have they sold in the two years they have been on sale?
    Is that true?

  • davepoth 01 Oct 2010

    slipstream 1985 said:
    stop with this "sport button" nonsense. if i buy a sports car i want it maximum level of sportyness all the time.
    Sport buttons are only there so that when they do the fuel economy test they do it on a fuel economy map with rubbish throttle response and conservative fuelling.

  • NorthernBoy 01 Oct 2010

    slipstream 1985 said:
    stop with this "sport button" nonsense. if i buy a sports car i want it maximum level of sportyness all the time.

    345 bhp is what it should have been from the begining.
    Lots of us don't always want our car in its firmest and most aggressive setting all the time, though. If you can soften everything off, it can make for a nicer time in traffic, around town, or on bad surfaces, saving the sportier setup for when it's of benefit.

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