19 August 2009
This new model is named after a city in Portugal. Évora is inland from Lisbon and a town of some interest to visit. But I digress. How good is this new car? I haven't driven one or even seen one in the metal but comparing test reports soon gives an idea of what is hot and what is not about a given vehicle.
Starting with the outside, it looks good, very good in fact. Stylish, purposeful and distinctive.
Inside it is a 2+2, meaning it can seat four but limited in the rear pew for space. Quality is up on previous Lotus'. Nice driving position but is let down somewhat by the stereo and satnav. The boot (trunk) is at the rear and is roomy. The handling is superb and the 3.5 V6 engine is good too, although a turbo would give it more thrust. It goes fast when you want to and yet is easy to drive every day, something many sports cars fail to manage on both fronts. Lightness gives good fuel economy and it produces low emissions too.
Lotus expect to make about 2,000 cars per year which is good for a company that only sold slightly more than that in 2008.
The bottom line: A great mid engined car that for the price (under 50k in UK Pounds) has no real competitor.