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.