2012 Lotus Evora and Evora S models are now available with a 6-speed automatic transmission called Intelligent Precision Shift, or IPS. Lotus says the system will adapt to your driving style, and it features steering-wheel-mounted paddles that allow manual shifting.
Like a jumbo shrimp, the Evora is the biggest vehicle from British automaker Lotus. Though large by Lotus standards, the Evora is still a diminutive car by U.S. ones. Like the even smaller Elise and Exige that preceded it, the Evora excels at nimble handling vs. brute power. Unlike those past 2-seaters, the Evora can be had with a pair of rear seats, but they are best thought of as holders for parcels, not people. Compared to past Lotus sports cars, the Evora has a quieter interior and an improved ride. At nearly $70,000 and up, the Evora's minimalism isn't cheap. It comes with style and exclusivity, but also a smaller dealer network and far less frills than a Porsche Cayman, BMW M3 or Audi S5.
By Pokies bird on Thursday, March 05, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,290overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I enjoyed it and now it's time for a different toy."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By justaguy on Thursday, December 22, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,500overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "world-leading handling, looks, exclusivity"
Cons: "fit and finish, clutch issues, poor support"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"Based on what I paid, the power is a little lacking. At $84k, the 4.9 sec 0-60 is underwhelming. Even worse, the S upgrade only takes the 0-60 time down by .3 seconds to 4.6 seconds. Anyway, the car has not held up as well as it should in the 18 months I've owned the car. I have had it in the shop about 6 times now for various fit and finish issues, and one major issue, which involved changing out the entire clutch, which took over 4 weeks to complete. It seems Lotus is very slow at providing parts to their US dealers for repairs. Yes the handling is superb, but there is more to this car than just that. Otherwise, I could spend 1/3 the money and gotten myself an Elise for ~30k. This is a true luxury automobile with a very comfortable, quiet ride and motor. I just wished the quality lived up to the price. From a value standpoint, this is the kind of car that must steal your heart in order to steal your wallet."
33 people out of 41 found this review helpful
By Lotus Driver on Monday, October 22, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Most fun you can have in a car"
Cons: "seems a little cheap and rough around the edges"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this car new in 2011, and take it out on the weekends. The S model not crazy fast, but it gets the job done. The handling is amazing. It is a little rough around the edges (fit and trim). But then I expected that in a handmade car. It is a little hard to get in and out, but comfortable to drive once you get in. The back seats hold a small suitcase, but no real person could sit in them. Overall though I love the car."
16 people out of 20 found this review helpful