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Serious sports car enthusiasts often disdain luxurious interiors for adding unnecessary weight. They not only expect a cramped cabin with few amenities -- they prefer it. Yet many shoppers still want at least a touch of comfort, and Lotus hopes to appease them with the Evora.
Introduced in 2009, the sports coupe features a 3.5-liter V6 in a mid-engine configuration behind the passenger compartment. It delivers 276 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through one of two transmissions: a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy, at 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, is commendable for a car with the Evora's performance capabilities.
Horsepower and torque figures might not impress, but with a total curb weight of just under 3,000-pounds, the Evora can move its bonded-aluminum chassis from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 4.8 seconds. Even faster is the supercharged S-trim, capable of hitting a top-speed of 178-mph.
The Evora is the largest car offered by Lotus, and offers an optional 2+2 seating configuration. The Evora also features the most luxurious interior ever designed by Lotus, with luxuries like leather Recaro seats, cup holders and ipod integration for the audio system.
The base Evora is available with a 2+0 or 2+2 seating-configuration. The 2+0 setup offers more cargo space, while a LATCH child-seat anchorage system is included with the rear seat in the 2+2. The flat-bottom steering wheel is made of magnesium. Cup holders are integrated into storage bin in the doors. The driver-oriented command center includes a trip computer and vehicle monitoring displays. An Immobilizer system enhances the remote-activated alarm. And an Alpine audio system features a receiver with CD/MP3/WMA capability and iPod connectivity.
The S trim uses a supercharger to extract 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from the Evora's 3.5-liter V6. The Evora S also features black side-view mirrors, and alloy wheels measuring 18 inches in front and 19 inches at the rear.
Heated front seats are included in the Premium Package, and a reverse-camera comes with the optional Tech Package. For true driving enthusiasts, the Sports Package offers an increased rev limiter and cross-drilled brake rotors.
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