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Lotus Evora
Lotus Evora
Manufacturer Lotus Cars
Parent company Proton
Production start 2009
Assembly Hethel, Norfolk
Class Sports car
Body style(s) 2- or 2+2-passenger coupé
Layout Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine(s) 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE V6
(280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp))[1][2]
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual[1]
Wheelbase 2,575 mm (101.4 in)[1]
Length 4,342 mm (170.9 in)
Width 1,848 mm (72.8 in)
Height 1,223 mm (48.1 in)
Kerb weight 1,350 kg (3,000 lb) 2-passenger variant
1,380 kg (3,000 lb) (2+2-passenger variant)[3]
Designer Russell Carr[1]

The Lotus Evora is a sports car produced by British car manufacturer Lotus.[1] The car, which was developed under the project name Project Eagle, was launched as the Evora on 22 July 2008 at the British International Motor Show.[4]

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Development

The Lotus Evora is based on the first all-new vehicle platform from Lotus Cars since the introduction of the Lotus Elise in 1995 (the Exige, introduced in 2000, and the 2006 Europa S are both derivatives of the Elise[5]).[6] The Evora is the first vehicle of three vehicles to be built on the same platform; the remaining two vehicles will be on sale by 2011.[7]

The Evora is the first product of a five year plan started in 2006 to expand the Lotus line of cars.[2] As such it is a larger car than recent Lotus models Elise and its derivatives (Exige, Europa S, etc.), weighing an estimated curb weight of 1,350 kg (3,000 lb).[1] It is currently the only Lotus model with a 2+2 configuration, although it has been announced that it will also be offered in a two-seater configuration, referred to as the "Plus Zero" option.[1] It is also the only 2+2 mid engined coupé on sale. The interior is larger to allow taller persons to fit, such as Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley,[1] and two 99th percentile (6'5") American males.[8]

The cooled[9] boot behind the engine is large enough to fit a set of golf clubs, although Lotus Design Head Russell Carr denies that this was intentional.[1] Lotus intends the Evora to compete with different market sectors including the Porsche Cayman.[2]

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Name

The name "Evora" keeps the Lotus tradition of beginning model names with an "E". The name is derived from the words evolution, vogue, and aura.[10] Other names considered were Eagle, Exira and Ethos. The name Exira was rejected as it was considered not good enough and the other two because it would be difficult for Lotus to claim them as a trademark.[2]

Production

Sales are expected to start in summer 2009.[11 ] The sales target is 2000 cars per year, with prices between £45,000 and just over £50,000.[1] It will arrive at American dealers beginning in January 2010.[12]

Awards

On 12 August 2009, British car magazine Autocar named the Evora as Britain's Best Driver's Car 2009. [1]

Reviews

The car was reviewed by presenter Jeremy Clarkson on the British automotive television show Top Gear. The review was positive overall. Clarkson considered the rear seats to have not enough legroom, the interior felt cheap and the satellite navigation was sub-optimal. On the upside he was very happy with the performance, handling and comfort. He was extremely impressed with the ride comfort, taking it off of the track comfortably.

The Evora also won EVO magazines 'Car of the Year 2009' and CAR magazines 'performance car of the Year 2009'.

Performance

  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds[10]
  • Top speed: 162 mph (261 km/h)[10]
  • CO2 emission: 205 g/km[11 ]
  • Fuel consumption: 32.5 miles per imperial gallon (8.69 L/100 km; 27.1 mpg-US)[11 ]
  • Drag coefficient: 0.337[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Lotus Evora". EVO (Dennis Publishing). 2008-07-22. http://www.evo.co.uk/news/evonews/225417/lotus_evora.html. Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  2. ^ a b c d "London show: Lotus Evora". Autocar (Haymarket Media). 2008-07-22. http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/Lotus-Concepts/234050/. Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  3. ^ "Evora". Lotus. http://www.lotusevora.com/pdf/Lotus%20Evora.pdf. Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  4. ^ "2009 Lotus Evora revealed: Project Eagle arrives". Leftlane News. 2008-07-22. http://www.leftlanenews.com/lotus-evora.html#more-8161. Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  5. ^ Holmes, Jake (March 2008). "2008 Lotus Europa SE - Auto Shows". Car & Driver. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.. http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/08q1/2008_lotus_europa_se-auto_shows. Retrieved 26 August 2009.  
  6. ^ Mitani, Sam (August 2009). "Driving Impression: 2010 Lotus Evora". Road & Track (Newport Beach, California: Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.) 60 (12): 52–55. http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=10&article_id=8092. Retrieved 26 August 2009.  
  7. ^ "London show: Lotus Evora". Autocar. Haymarket Group. 22 July 2008. http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/234050/. Retrieved 26 August 2009.  
  8. ^ "Lotus Evora In Details At BIMS". AutoSpies.com. 2008-07-23. http://www.autospies.com/news/Lotus-Evora-In-Details-At-BIMS-32734/. Retrieved 2008-07-24.  
  9. ^ "Lotus Evora press releases quoted by jalopnik". http://jalopnik.com/399075/the-lotus-evora-weighs-a-tonand-a-half. Retrieved 2008-07-24.  
  10. ^ a b c Mitani, Sam (August 2009). "2010 Lotus Evora". Road & Track (Hachette Filipacchi Médias) 60 (12): 52–55. http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=10&article_id=8092&page_number=1. Retrieved August 9, 2009.  
  11. ^ a b c Official Lotus Evora website
  12. ^ Davis, Matt (May 13, 2009). "The Baby Ferrari That Ferrari Refuses To Build". Edmunds.com. http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FirstDrives/articleId=147926?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..2.*&mktcat=enabler&AID=10364102&PID=3179980&kw=N&synpartner=edmunds&mktid=cj260233. Retrieved June 26, 2009.  

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