Previewed in concept form last month at Pebble Beach; the production version of the 2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car made its first official appearance in Frankfurt. Inspired by the factory's Evora GTE racer, this high-profile, higher-performance street-legal iteration of the automaker's current range-topping 2+2 coupe ups the scintillation quotient in a big way.
Initially created for the Asian market, response to the Evora GTE Road Car was so overwhelming that the firm decided to go global with the package. Like the concept, the volume-build Evora GTE Road Car will have its more aggressively styled bodywork rendered in full carbon fiber, feature a similarly healthy helping of composite in is competition-themed cabin appointments, receive a focused retuning of its already sporty suspension and wear superlight forged-aluminum center-lock staggered-size alloy wheels wrapped in grippy Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires: 235/35R19s up front and 275/30R20s in the rear.
The unseen changes are equally significant, starting with the GTE-spec tune of its midship-mounted 3.5-liter supercharged V6. Where the Evora S version puts out 346 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of peak torque, the Evora GTE Road Car corrals 438 ponies and makes 310 twist units. All of this gets sent to the rear wheel via a race-bred six-speed sequential automated manual transmission (AMT). That extra muscle coupled with over a 300-pound weight loss program should let this hard-core Lotus click off 0-60 mph sprints in less than four seconds.
The factory has yet to release exact pricing, production numbers, EPA figures or a U.S. on-sale date for the 2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car. However, the likely sticker window is rumored to be in the $160,000-$180,00 range.