The 2011 Lotus Evora has insufficient ratings to provide a full Total Car Score. Introduced the previous model year, the Evora has been described as the world’s only four-seat, mid-engined sports car. That's somewhat optimistic, since it's more of a 2+2 sport coupe.
For anyone who likes the idea of a dart-like, zippy, lightweight Lotus, but wants a bit more room and comfort, the Evora fits the bill. It's a Lotus that veers toward everyday usefulness, despite awkward rear visibility and limited space in the rear quarters. As emergency transportation every now and then for two extra short people, perhaps the rear seat is worth having. Or the car can be ordered without it; the resulting space augments the cargo area. Sitting up front, the Evora is a roomy and comfortable place to be.
The car weighs a smidgen over 3,000 pounds. With at least 345 horsepower coming from its V6 engine, that's an advantageous power-to-weight ratio in anyone's book. Immense acceleration, precise steering and highly capable handling all converge for the driver's benefit.
For 2011, the Evora also comes in supercharged S guise and an automatic transmission has been put on the options list.
The 2011 Lotus Evora is available as a base model and, new for 2011, an S version. Both are rear-wheel-drive.
Power comes from a mid-mounted, 3.5-liter V6. In the base car, it's tuned to make 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The S supercharges that same engine, bumping output to 345 hp and 295 lb-ft. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is now an option.
Safety equipment comprises ABS and traction control. Not on offer, however, are stability control or front side and side curtain airbags.
Air conditioning is standard, along with heated side mirrors, leather-covered front seats, cloth-covered rear seats, trip computer, and a CD/MP3 player with iPod connectivity and an auxiliary mini-jack socket.
Most options are bundled into three main packages. The Premiumpackage goes for comfort with a center armrest, heated front seats, mats and full leather trim. The Sport package features uprated brakes, crisper throttle response with a higher engine rev limit and more aero appendages. The Technology package brings navigation, Bluetooth, cruise control, rear parking sensors, a DVD player and a seven-inch touchscreen.
The base Evora is EPA-rated at 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway. EPA figures for the automatic or S are not available. Both models use Premium gas.
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