Lotus Evora To Be Windswept And 'Blown

Lotus will launch a new supercharged version of the Evora within two years, and will sacrifice the rear seats to create a new convertible version.

The supercharged Evora will get at least 350bhp in the top-spec models, but a lower powered variant will also be developed to sit between the range topper and current 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 model.

In addition to the new sportier Evora, Hethel’s latest 2+2 coupe will also acquire a paddle-shift transmission before the end of 2010 providing an even closer match to its nearest rival, the Porsche Cayman. The company is also likely to launch a motorsport version to underline the company’s core principal of lightweight performance.

The addition of an electric folding roof will see the rear seats disappear on the Evora convertible, that is currently due to arrive in 2012. But despite the added complexity and reduced structural rigidity, Lotus still believes the drop-top Evora will satisfy the company’s key objectives of producing a lightweight and great handling car. For that reason the roof is likely to be made of fabric, and will be stored in front of the engine to limit the affect it has on the car’s weight distribution.

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  • Bada Bing! 08 May 2009

    Should have been blown from day one. I really hope it gets a sensible pricetag.

  • Dodgey_Rog 08 May 2009

    Bada Bing! said:
    Should have been blown from day one. I really hope it gets a sensible pricetag.
    Funny, i said the same thing to my girlfriend and she slapped me........

  • bogie 08 May 2009

    I thought it was like an Elise chassis wise? so the GRP roof is structural now is it? does this mean an Exige is stiffer than an Elise as it has a plastic roof too?

  • mechsympathy 08 May 2009


  • The Pits 08 May 2009

    'Lightweight' and 'electric folding roof' do not fit in the same sentence.

    If there was an electric roof option for the elise I would pay more for the superb non-electric design it currently uses. A lot more. It comes off and stows in the boot faster than the electric one on my old honda s2000 used to.

    It is to my eternal disappointment that Lotus feel they have to copy porsche. I put them in a league above porsche who I consider both eccentric and unimaginative. What Lotus achieve on a budget equal to a porsche cup holder is staggering. They have some of the very best engineering talent in the world. Yet tragically it seems Lotus see themselves as inferior. Colin Chapman led, others followed. The elise led the way, 13 years later, everyone else is still playing catch up.

    The evora is Lotus trying to do a 911 for Cayman money. They think that's a winning formula. I don't. Lotus can't compete with Porsche. They simply don't have the resources. They need to do their own thing because when they do they produce world beating cars. When they don't, they don't.

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