Having just kicked off a 44-dealer cross-country "Open House Tour" to spotlight the wonders of its new Evora to potential American buyers, Lotus has announced that its stunning, mid-engined 2+2 sportscar will carry a base price of $74,675 when it starts arriving here during the first quarter of 2010. An all-new and significantly stiffer iteration of the firm's signature lightweight bonded-aluminum structure underlies the Evora. Nestled transversely behind its passenger cabin is a 3.5-liter V6 sourced from Toyota but tuned by Lotus to crank out 276 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, it allows the 3,050-pound Evora to hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, top 160 mph and still return over 30 mpg on the highway. True to its heritage, the Evora's high-performance suspension, steering and braking systems endow it with world-class dynamic credentials that are abetted by sophisticated driver-selectable traction/stability controls and a limited-slip differential. Inside, the Evora matches exceptional functionality with a host of comfort and convenience items that would make Elise and Exige S owners green with envy. Standards include everything from hand-stitched Muirhead leather upholstery, Recaro bucket seats, a lightweight magnesium steering wheel on a tilt/telescoping column and aluminum pedals to a full array of power assists, air conditioning, a premium Alpine audio system, iPod/AUX/USB connectivity and a trip computer. Key options will include a Technology Package that includes upgraded audio and navigation, a cosmetically oriented Premium Package and a Sport Package that quickens throttle response, raises the engine's rev limit, nets cross-drilled brake discs and brings a more aggressive rear diffuser. Lotus also will offer a special Sport Ratio six-speed transmission for the Evora as well as upgraded alloy wheels and a rear backup camera.
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