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Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept unveiled at Pebble Beach

By KBB.com Editors on August 19, 2011 11:41 AM
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Offering an early look at a vehicle that's fully expected to find its way into showrooms---at least in some parts of the world---the Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept is making its world debut this week at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This high-profile, even-higher performance variant of the current production model draws its inspiration from the factory's new Evora GTE, a purpose-built racer crafted to compete in the new global GTE competition category, including appearances in the U.S. and at the 24-hours of Le Mans. According to Lotus, "The Evora GTE Road Car Concept isn't merely a paint scheme or homage to a race car---this is a serious race car that makes for a very serious road car."

To transform a baseline Evora into Road Car Concept guise, Lotus treated this stylish mid-engine 2+2 grand tourer to a bevy of functional and cosmetic enhancements that endow it with an even more competitive attitude. For openers, the car's Toyota-based 3.5-liter V6 has been race-tuned to develop in excess of 420 horsepower---a heady 75-pony bump beyond even the hottest Evora S engine. That might now gets sent to the rear wheels via an AMT sequential gearbox.

A more aggressive front fascia/splitter and unique raised rear spoiler help bolster aerodynamic downforce on the Evora GTE Road Car Concept while dedicated suspension tweaks and a set of ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels with center-lock hubs wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires elevate its mechanical grip. That suitably racy exterior treatment is appropriately set off by similar changes inside, headed by leather-covered, lightweight composite Recaro racing seats and a healthy dose of carbon-fiber.

Although the Evora GTE Road Car Concept will be the highlight of the Lotus display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the automaker also plans the first public reveal of the Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition. While the chances of seeing a variant of the Evora GTE Road Car Concept on the streets here are extremely slim, all 25 of these North American-only farewell Exiges are due to arrive here soon.

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