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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.

Muscular Engine

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

2014 Lotus Elise Review

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.

Performance

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 [...]

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