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Whereas its stablemate, the Elise, is still struggling with downmarket materials, the Lotus Evora is targeting a much more sophisticated clientele with its swish interior and tidy, beautifully proportioned 2+2 layout. Unlike other models in the Lotus range, this car wants image and quality to have an equal footing alongside performance and handling. Let’s take a closer look at what it offers.
The Lotus Evora borrows its engines from Toyota, just like its Elise stablemate. But unlike its zippier mate, the Lotus Evora makes use of a 3.5-litre V6 unit that has also been used by the powerful Lexus RX350. It might be surprising to some that Lotus have decided to implement such a hefty engine, but it has been modified so that it caters for Lotus’s demographic.
This means a sharper throttle response, as well as enhanced efficiency and flexibility. Overall, it’s just a bit edgier than the package
You’re at the single’s bar and get asked the question, “What do you drive?” If you answer a Lotus, you’re likely to get a positive response from your prospective mate. They don’t need to know that you own the semi-economical Lotus, the 2014 Lotus Elise.
Just because you don’t need rock star income to afford the 2014 Lotus Elise, doesn’t mean you won’t feel like one while driving. All of the Toyota made engines make more than enough power to give the light weight roadster some serious scoot. In entry level form, you get the 134bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine that propels the tiny car (weighing in at just 876kg ) to 60mph in just 6.7s. Oddly enough, the 1.6-litre is the most technologically advanced of the lineup. While all of the engines feature variable valve timing, the bargain bin model also features variable valve lift. If you move up [...]
If you plan on buying the 2014 Lotus Evora, then you are in for a cool driving surprise. It’s the experience you will get from its 3.5-litre V6 engine. The Lexus RX350 luxury 4×4 is a running testimony that has been powered by this engine. From the face of it, you would never assume a Lotus can be powered by such an engine. Both are powered by Toyota engines, but the vigorous 1.8-litre VVT-i engine was left in the Elise but the Evora’s powerhouse had to be upped to be a superior force at 276bhp.
The 2014 Lotus Evora will jump to 60mph within five seconds thanks to its 6,400rpm maximum power output mark. If you think 4,700rpm generating 340Nm of torque is not good enough muscle, you could perhaps check out the Evora S model which is a faster model with the engine supercharged at 345bhp.
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