Way back in July of 2008, the Lotus Evora was announced at that year’s British Auto Show. If Carenvy had existed then, we can assure you we’d have written something about it—because it looks fantastic. Also, it’s a completely new Lotus design (the first since 1995’s Elise), so it’s rather significant as well.
Still, though, we’re going to assume you may recall some of the details of this particular vehicle. With its unveiling, Lotus was attempting to marry their signature sporty style with something slightly more useful than your average exotic. It’s a fine line to straddle, but in creating what is currently the only 2 + 2 mid-engined sportscar on the market, they may just have done it.
The Evora boasts 276 horsepower with 258 lb-ft of torque, and does 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds while getting an estimated 30+ MPG on the highway. Powered by a heavily modified 3.5L Toyota V-6 engine, it also features a manual 6-speed Toyota gearbox that can be upgraded to a close-ratio one for a mere US $1,500 extra. It’s also got a 3 year/36,000 mile limited vehicle warranty coupled with an 8-year chassis perforation warranty for added peace of mind, and an ample leather and aluminum-clad interior with Recaro bucket seats in which to firmly plant your behind.
So, what’s the final word on price for Canada (and the US)? US $73,500 to start, not including a US $1,175 destination charge. Adding on available options (of which there are quite a few) can see your wallet lighten by as much as US $90,000. According to the Lotus press release, approximately the first two months of production of units for Canada and the US have already been pre-sold.
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