PistonHeads Expert Opinion
Launched in 2009, the Evora aimed to combine the Elise’s sweet handling with the usability required of a larger sports car. It succeeded, too, drawing critical acclaim from all who drove it. In fact, the Evora will still show up many if not most new sports cars when it comes to business of ride quality, handling and steering - it really is that good.
Initially offered with a 280hp, 3.5-litre V6 for £49,875, the supercharged, 350hp Evora S followed in 2010 and cost £59,750. Offered with six-speed manual (or an automatic from 2011), plus the option of two seats or a 2+2 layout, the Evora was more accommodating than any other Lotus in the modern day lineup. In 2015 both standard and supercharged Evoras were replaced by the 186mph 400 model, elevating the Lotus to a new plane in performance - what was once a Cayman alternative was much more aggressively pitched against 911s.
A plethora of specials followed - including the Sport 410, GT430 and the Hethel Edition - but the core of what makes the Evora so great is certainly there in those early cars. Higher mileage, naturally aspirated cars are available at less than £30k; a good Evora S shouldn’t be much more than £35,000. The Evora 400 can be bought for less than £50,000, and that’s the model to seek out, bringing with it interior improvements as well as the extra power. It still requires some compromises to use day-to-day, but sports cars really don’t come much better to drive.