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Lotus Evora S GP Edition Goes Official

Lotus Evora S GP Edition

Lotus wants really had to promote the company’s racing pedigree and one of the steps they have taken in order to accomplish this is to launch the Evora S GP Edition. For this special edition they’ve taken their inspiration from the Lotus-Renault F1 car and it features a sleek black exterior with red mirrors, distinctive striping and gold wheels. It comes with a technology package, a premium package, as well as a rearview camera.

Lotus Evora S GP Edition

The car is motivated by the same engine that powers the standard version which is a supercharged V6 3.5-liter that fires 346 hp (350 PS / 258 kW) and a peak torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm). It can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.6 seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 172 mph (277 km/h).

Lotus Evora S GP Edition

The British automaker has mentioned that they’ll make only three units of the Evora S GP Edition and each of them will have a base price of $109,155 (79,850 Euros / 69,950 pounds).

Source: Bell and Colvill via Autoblog.it via WCF

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Lotus Evora GTE Limited Edition, Exhibited At Frankfurt Motor Show

Lotus Evora GTE Limited Edition

At first, Lotus said that they are going to make only 114 units of the Evora GTE Limited Edition and all of them will be sold in China. However, after receiving a positive feedback from potential buyers, the British automaker has decided to increase the manufactured units of this limited edition, which probably will not be appreciated by those original 114 clients since they won’t be buying what you would call an exclusive car anymore.

Lotus Evora GTE Limited Edition

Anyway, this special edition is based on Lotus’ Evora GTE racecar and has the same supercharged 3.5-liter engine that launches 444 hp, which is considerably more than the 350 ponies offered by the Evora S. A novelty of this model would have to be the implementation of a brand new sequential automated manual transmission (AMT) racing gearbox that is capable of transferring the power to those beautiful lightweight forged alloys that have center lock hubs, wrapped around in P-Zero Corsa rubbers from Pirelli.

Lotus Evora GTE Limited Edition

In comparison to the base Evora, this not-so-limited GTE Limited Edition has lost 232 pounds (105 kg) by using a lot of components made out of carbon fiber, both for the exterior and the interior of the car.

Source: Lotus via Carscoop

Frankfurt Preview – Production Version Lotus Evora GTE

Lotus Evora GTE

We’ve first seen the Lotus Evora GTE as a concept last month during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in sunny California, U.S. of A. Now, the British automaker has said that a production version will reach the European market. Before it does that, the car will be exhibited this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Initially, the plans of the company were to make 25 units for Chinese customers but thanks to the positive feedback, they’ve changed their minds and started working on a production version.

The Lotus Evora GTE is powered by a Toyota-sourced V6 3.5-liter engine that is linked to a sequential AMT racing transmission. This engine fires 440 hp and the car will weigh 105 kg less in comparison to the standard Evora thanks to the use of carbon fiber for the front & rear bumpers, doors and the rear wing.

Besides this model, Lotus will also bring to Frankfurt three new models. We know for sure that one of them is going to be the Elise S, which will replace the now discontinued Elise SC. The car will be powered by a 1.8-liter supercharged engine that generates 200 hp, which promises to offer more torque, better throttle response and lower emissions.

All we can tell you about the other two models is that one of the promises to be “one of the quickest road cars Lotus has ever built” while the other will mark the return of the company “to another motorsport discipline.”

Source: Lotus via Autocar

Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept Unleashed

Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept

During this weekend’s Pebble Beach show organized in sunny California, the British automaker Lotus will present the hardcore race-inspired version of the Evora, dubbed GTE Road Car Concept. They took their inspiration for the car from the Evora GTE racer that races in the GTE category (which replaces the old GT2) in Le Mans Series racing.

The bad news is that at the moment we are talking about a one-off concept and the company hasn’t said a word about putting the car into production. What we do know is that this vehicle is powered by a race-developed version of the Evora’s standard Toyota-sourced V6 3.5-liter engine, only this time it has been tweaked in order to fire 420 hp. This engine is linked to a sequential AMT racing gearbox.

As you can see from this photo, it comes with a more aggressive appearance in comparison to the standard Evora, along with lightweight alloys that have center lock hubs, covered by Pirelli P-Zero Corsa rubbers.

Source: Lotus via Autocar

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Italy’s Carabinieri Get Two Lotus Evora S Cars

Lotus Evora S Police Car

It seems that the best place on earth to work as a police officer would have to be in Italy as this week they’ve acquired two specially-made Lotus Evora S cars. The Carabinieri in Milan and Rome will use these cars during their activity.

Lotus Evora S Police Car

These vehicles have been fitted with voice recognition technology like Enhanced Vehicle Automation (EVA) system, along with a portable refrigeration compartment that will be used for transporting blood and organs required during medical emergencies.

Lotus Evora S Police Car

The regular Lotus Evora S comes with a V6 VVT-I 3.5-liter DOHC engine that churns 350 PS (257.5 kW) @ 7000 rpm and has a peak torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm) available at 4500 rpm. With such power available, the car is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 172 mph.

Source: Lotus via ZerCustoms

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More Powerful Lotus Evora, Heading To Frankfurt Motor Show

Lotus Evora GT

It seems that the engineers over at Lotus are working hard on a more powerful version of the Evora, which will be revealed this September during the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Norfolk-based manufactured got their inspiration from the GT racer you see in this picture and promises to be more powerful than the current top-spec S version that churns 345 hp.

We don’t have any confirmed details but we can tell you that the new version will be extreme, featuring a stripped-out interior cabin and an updated V6 supercharged 3.5-liter engine that will develop about 400 hp. Dany Bahar, who is the company’s boss, said to Auto Express that the company is also working on a convertible while in 2013 we should expect to see a plug-in hybrid model.

In the mean time, the regular V6 Evora will receive “147 improvements”, including a sharper gearbox, a sportier exhaust note and better materials for the cabin.

This October, Lotus will show the running version of the plug-in hybrid which will have a 3-cylinder 1.2-liter engine and twin-electric motor that will provide a combined output of 1,000 Nm of torque, which should be enough for a 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.4 seconds and CO2 emissions of only 55 g/km. As we said before, the production version might make it into the market in about two years but it will most likely cost “double” in comparison to the regular V6 Evora. In other words, expect a price tag of around 100,000 pounds.

Source: Lotus via AutoExpress.co.uk

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Lotus Prolongs Evora’s Life Until 2017

2011 Lotus Evora S

A couple of days ago, Dany Bahar, who is the Group Lotus boss, revealed that the all-new Elan won’t be out until 2017 so until then Lotus will have to stick to the current Evora, which isn’t that bad at all if you ask me.

In this 5-year period until the new Elan is out, the British automaker will develop its own V8 4.8-liter that produces 570 hp. This engine will be produced at Hethel and will power the Esprit model which should be out sometime in 2013.

Bahar also said that the Lotus-Proton city car will go into a limited series production wearing the “Ethos” designation and in Europe it will wear the Lotus badge whereas in the Asian markets it will be a Proton. The one wearing the Lotus name will be more of a luxury car while the Proton is going to have a more affordable price tag. He didn’t say if it is going to be a hybrid or a pure battery vehicle. However, he did confirm the fact that it is going to be “one of the two”.

The aforementioned new V8 engine is going to be conceived by the Lotus Engineering division and it will be put to its first initial tests this August. The power unit has a curb weight of only 170 kg, which is 80 kg lighter than the Toyota engine that Lotus has been using in the last few years. Wolf Zimmerman, the chief engineer at Lotus says that this new engine is “40% smaller” in comparison to the Japanese unit.

Zimmerman also mentioned something about the possibility to create a 4-cylinder engine comprising one bank of the 8-cylinder unit. This engine might output 250 hp and power the Lotus Elise replacement model which will hit the market in 2015 or so.

Source: Lotus via Autocar.co.uk

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Lotus Elan Delayed Until 2016, At Least

Lotus Elan Concept

It seems that we have some bad news for those of you who were waiting for the revival of the Lotus Elan. A spokesperson for the company told our colleagues from Car and Driver the other day that the 2-seat, mid-engine coupe will not be out until 2016, at least. The car that we saw last year at the Paris Motor Show was supposed to be out sometime in 2013 or 2014, replacing the Evora.

Lotus says that its Evora model, which was introduced in 2009, will be “allowed to have a more traditional life cycle”. In other words, it means that the British company will continue to produce the model for at least 5-6 years. There are good chances for a second generation of the Evora, but nothing is certain at the moment. If there won’t be a second-gen Evora, Lotus will roll out the Elan, but we don’t know if the company is considering two distinct cars, one Elan and one Evora II.

We do know that more variants of the Evora will be launched in the following years. This year, Lotus will roll out the Evora S with a 345-hp engine and the Evora IPS which will feature an automatic gearbox. Although this is good news, these two new variants will not pay the company’s bills and the executives over at Lotus know this so more tweaked Evoras will certainly be launched in the future. If you didn’t know, the car was developed from start to accommodate an open-roof model and we will probably see one in 2-3 years or so. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if we’ll see a more lighter and track-oriented Evora, following the same recipe of just about every model ever made by Lotus.

The Lotus Esprit is set to arrive in dealerships in 2013 which means that until then the Evora will be the only model produced by the company, taking into consideration that starting with this summer; the company will discontinue the production of its legendary Elise and Exige models.

As a reminder, back in September last year at the Paris Motor Show, the British automaker said that they are developing six new different models. It seemed a little bit too much ambitious at that time and now we have the confirmation that they can’t live up to their promises. We believe that other scheduled introductions will also be delayed. Let’s hope we’re wrong about this one.

Source: Lotus via Car And Driver

Lotus Cup USA Season Opener At Willow Springs

The 2011 Lotus Cup USA season debuted last weekend at the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California, where Jack Fried took the overall and 2-Eleven class victory in a battle that came down to the last lap of the feature race.

In the time attack event, Andy Kern won with 1:29.472 in another Lotus 2-Eleven, but he had to retire from the feature due to mechanical problems. In second place came Jack Fried.

Another Lotus-based competition that kicked off last weekend at Willow Springs is the Lotus Evora Experience, which gives 12 VIPs seat time in the beautiful Evora, including track sessions. The next stage of the Lotus Cup USA will be at the Firebrid International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona the weekend of 9-10 April.

Source: Autoblog

Lotus Evora Facelift In The Works

2012 Lotus Evora

One of my favorite automakers ever, Lotus, is currently working on the facelift version of their very beautiful Evora model. The reason behind this decision was taken due to the rather sluggish sales while at the same time bridging the styling gap between the current car and the new wave of Lotus models that will go into production starting with 2013.

It seems that the revised model will feature a more aggressive radiator “mouth” which looks quite similar to the design ideas we’ve seen on the upcoming Lotus models, drawn by Donato Coco, Ex-Ferrari design chief.

He said that the “mouth” of the current Evora is “too weak” for such a modern performance car. He also said that this upcoming new treatment has a long heritage, appearing for the first time on the Lotus 18 single-seater, back in the early 60s.

In addition, the upcoming revised Evora will get a revised cabin with a higher level of standard equipment and a greater accent on quality (the car’s weak points).

The base price for the Lotus Evora is 51,030 pounds for the two-seat version fitted with a 276 hp engine. At first, sales were very bad but took a turn for the better last year when the British launched the Evora S, that comes with a Toyota-derived V6 engine that outputs 276 hp. The starting price for this model is 60,000 pounds.

The bosses over at Lotus seem to be on the point of deciding whether they can afford to make a range of own-design V6 / V8 modular power units for upcoming models, following somewhat uncertain reactions to the proposed use of Toyota-sourced engines in up-market Lotus models.

If I were to guess, I think that Lotus will sell more cars if they start making their own engines. It simply doesn’t feel right to put a Toyota engine in a Lotus (or an Aston Martin). Don’t you agree?

Source: AutoCar.co.uk

Lotus Evora S and Evora IPS officially revealed before Paris debut

Lotus accidentally let it slip a few days ago that it will launch a special performance Evora S and an Evora automatic at the Paris Motor Show.

Now, the British sportcar manufacturer decided to officially detail these new models, the supercharged Evora S and the automatic-equipped Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift).

First off, the Evora S uses a supercharger to squeeze more power out of the Toyota 3.5-liter V6. Output is now rated at 345 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. This translates in a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph. More importantly, however, is that there’s a new Sport button in the Evora S. When pushed, it sharpens up the throttle response, opens an exhaust valve bypass as well as increase the rev limiter and change stability control settings. Simply put, Sport does what it says.

Next up, for those not looking for extreme performance, Lotus will offer the Evora IPS. Basically it is just a regular Evora with the new six-speed automatic transmission fitted. More importantly is that this hasn’t impacted the weight of the car, and it has both an automatic and a manual mode, which is enabled through the paddle shifters behind the wheel.

Expect more details when the Paris Motor Show will open its doors at the end of September.


Lotus accidentally confirms Evora S and Evora automatic for Paris debut

Lotus accidentally confirms Evora S and Evora automatic for Paris debut

The Paris Motor Show is shaping up to be one of the most important chapters in Lotus‘ history, as a lot of new models, concepts and revivals are rumored to be unveiled.

Among them, we now know that there will be a performance oriented Lotus Evora S, as well as an automatic gearbox-equipped Evora. How do we know that? It seems that someone at Lotus was a bit too eager and sent an e-mail to press outlets confirming the two models.

No other details were revealed, but you can clearly see that the British sportscar manufacturer is betting big on the popularity of the Evora.

Expect more details to be revealed in the following weeks, ahead of the Paris Motor Show’s start on October 2.


Lotus preparing to axe the Europa

It may come as a surprise for quite some people, but it seems that besides the ever present Elise sportscar and the new Evora, British company Lotus also kept on selling the Europa model since 2006, when it first launched the car as a bigger brother to the Elise.

Since then, the Europa didn’t really tug any heart strings, largely due to the brutish design, nor attracted any performance enthusiasts with its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, capable of 200 HP and 200 lb-ft of torque.

Now, the Europa is getting ready to be axed from the lineup, as many European dealers aren’t taking anymore orders. The Evora will receive a bigger marketing effort and occupy the place soon to be left empty by the older model.

Will you miss the Europa? Share your Lotus opinions below.


Lotus unveils Evora 414E Hybrid model before Geneva debut

Hybrids will be a big part of the Geneva Motor Show this year, but one unlikely stand to feature such a model is the Lotus one, as the British sportscar manufacturer announced the Evora 414E plug-in hybrid concept.

But don’t go thinking this is just any regular hybrid car, as Lotus ensured it will deliver adequate performance, thanks to its two 204 HP electric motors, powering the rear wheels. They are coupled through a single-speed reduction transmission, which can vector the 295 lb-ft of torque generated by each motor.

The aforementioned units will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, which can sustain them for 35 miles. At that point, a range-extending 47 HP 1.2-liter engine kicks in, taking the autonomy of the model to an impressive 300 miles (483 km).

As an added taste of what’s to come, even though the transmission has just one gear, Lotus added an “artificial” seven-speed gearbox, which enables drivers to change fictional gears through the paddles behind the steering wheel. What’s even more interesting is that HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis technologies from Lotus and Harman International have been added, which enable the car to emit sounds from either a V6 or V12 sportscar, as well as a futuristic movement sound, to alert pedestrians about its presence.

Only the teaser image above has been revealed, so you’ll have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show to see the complete Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept.


2011 Lotus Elise gets Evora-inspired facelift, new 134 HP 1.6-liter engine

Lotus has just revealed the 2011 facelift that its popular Elise model will receive. Set to premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the new model also boasts, besides the upgraded visuals, a new 134 HP Toyota-sourced 1.6-liter engine.

First off, as you can see above, the 2011 Lotus Elise borrows heavily, at least in the front end, elements from the Evora model. This isn’t because of cost cutting, as the restyle allows a 4% drop in the drag coefficient, which means a lot for Lotus.

Customers will still be able to choose between the regular 1.8-liter engine, which puts out 192 when normally aspirated and 217 when supercharged, but a new 1.6-liter unit will also be available, which generates 134 HP and 118 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with the low weight of the 2011 Elise, and the 0 to 62 mph time will be around six seconds.

Other features like LED daytime running lights or cruise control, alongside new wheels options are also included in the facelifted 2011 Lotus Elise.


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