First Look: Lotus Evora S And Evora IPS

By John Beltz Snyder

August 27, 2010

Earlier, Lotus “leaked” an email discussing the Lotus Evora S and Evora “Auto.” Soon after that, our spy shooter caught the Evora S in testing. Now, Lotus has dished on the two models debuting at the Paris Motor Show, the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift).

Firstly, the 3.5-liter V-6 of the Evora S has been beefed up to 345 horsepower. Also, it comes standard with a sport pack, featuring a button which, when pressed, sharpens throttle response, activates the exhaust bypass valve, raises the rev limiter, and changes the stability control for sportier driving.
 
As for the Evora IPS, it gets a six-speed autmatic transmission with paddle shifters. It has the 3.5-liter V-6 putting down the standard 276 horsepower. A sport mode, which, as the press release so vaguely puts it, allows “the driver to feel each gear shift.”
 
Scroll down for more information in the press release.
 
 
It’s an Evora but not as you know it
 
    Ahead of the official unveil at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th, Lotus announce the latest evolution of the award winning Evora – the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option. 
 
    Lotus has taken the award winning* Evora and re-created it with a 350 PS 3.5l V6 engine to create the Evora S. Dany Bahar Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer summed it up beautifully when he said: “You don’t realise what you were missing from your driving experience until you get behind the wheel of the Evora S.”
 
    So apart from the obvious power difference, how is the Evora S different to the standard Evora? It’s another question we put to the CEO (given that he’s spent a little time behind the wheel, we thought he’d be best placed to answer questions). This is what he said: “It’s the next level of Evora experience. It communicates with you better, the suspension setting has been fine tuned for added power and control so it responds even more to direction. It’s an instinctual car, the experience is pure.”
 
    “We were proud of the Evora but we’re even prouder of the Evora S, I feel like it does the true Lotus experience justice. The really great thing is that as we move forward the standard Evora should also benefit from some of these developments.”
 
    The Evora S comes with a sport pack as standard featuring a ‘sport’ button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve. The sport button also raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings resulting in a total experience change. There are cross-drilled brakes for improved cooling. And here’s a heads up for those who buy into the old adage ‘you can tell the men from the boys by the size of their toys’: the external emotion of the Evora S has been improved with a completely new active exhaust which means that at the push of a button the car sounds just as dramatic as it feels.
 
    Commenting on the Evora S, Lotus Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann said: “The Evora S is a natural progression for us but more than that, it’s a taste of what people can come to expect from the next generation of Lotus cars. It retains core Lotus values such as performance through lightweight but it also gives more than that. It’s the perfect combination of top performance, style and comfort. Form doesn’t sacrifice function in the case of the Evora S.”
 
    So there you have it folks, the next generation of Lotus Evora, the Evora S, set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.
 
    But that’s not all. In addition to the Evora S, Lotus also presents the IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option. This inception of the seven-time-award-winning (who’s counting? We are!) Evora sees an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission control with a 3.5 l V6 engine delivering 280 PS assuring a superior automatic driving experience.
 
    The IPS version of the Evora allows the driver to switch between manual paddle shift and automatic drive modes. The driver also has the option of selecting ‘sport’ mode which showcases the Lotus sport driving experience allowing the driver to really feel each gear shift and be in complete control of the transmission.
 
    Commenting on the development Dany Bahar said: “The Evora IPS is set to broaden the appeal of the Evora and reach out to a slightly different market. We hope it will be popular with established automatic locations such as Asia, the Middle East and the US. It’s been a long time since Lotus created an automatic and we’ve spent a great deal of time refining this one to make sure that it perfectly complements the Evora drive experience.”
 
    ENDS
 
 
    Evora S Technical Specification
 
Model
           
 
Evora S
 
Engine
           
 
Mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-I
 
Emissions
           
 
see below due to wheel options
 
Transmission
           
 
6 speed manual
 
Chassis
           
 
Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
 
Steering
           
 
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted power steering
 
Suspension
           
 
Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension
 
 
           
 
Bilstein high performance gas dampers
 
 
           
 
Eibach coaxial coil springs
 
Performance data
           
 
 
 
Standard wheel option
           
 
 
 
Fuel consumption - urban
           
 
14.5 l/100km
 
Fuel consumption – extra urban
           
 
7.4 l/100km
 
Fuel consumption - combined
           
 
10.0l/100km
 
CO2 Emissions
           
 
235 g/km
 
19/20” wheel option
           
 
 
 
Fuel consumption - urban
           
 
14.6 I/100km
 
Fuel consumption – extra urban
           
 
7.6 I/100km
 
Fuel consumption - combined
           
 
10.2 I/100km
 
CO2 Emissions
           
 
239 g/km
 
Max power
           
 
350 PS / 257.5 kW @ 7000 rpm
 
Max torque
           
 
400 Nm / 295 lb ft @ 4500 rpm
 
0-60 mph
           
 
4.6s
 
0-100 km/h
           
 
4.8s
 
Maximum speed
           
 
172mph
 
Vehicle mass (unladen)
           
 
1437kg
 
 
 
Evora IPS Option Technical Specification
 
Engine
           
 
Mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-I
 
Emissions
           
 
208 g/km
 
Transmission
           
 
Electronically controlled 6 speed automatic
 
Chassis
           
 
Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
 
Steering
           
 
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted power steering
 
Suspension
           
 
Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension
 
 
           
 
Bilstein high performance gas dampers
 
 
           
 
Eibach coaxial coil springs
 
Performance data
           
 
 
 
Fuel consumption - urban
           
 
12.6 l/100km
 
Fuel consumption – extra urban
           
 
6.6 l/100km
 
Fuel consumption - combined
           
 
8.8 l/100km
 
CO2 Emissions
           
 
208 g/km
 
Max power
           
 
280 PS / 206 KW @ 6400rpm
 
Max torque
           
 
350 Nm / 258 lb ft @ 4700rpm
 
0-60 mph
           
 
5.3s
 
0-100 km/h
           
 
5.5s
 
Maximum speed
           
 
155mph
 
Vehicle mass (unladen)
           
 
1436 kg
 
    *Evora Awards
    Car Magazine – Performance Car of the Year 2009
    "There are executive saloons that don't ride this well, super cars that don't turn in so crisply, and surely no car on the planet steers like this. Lotus has managed to transfer everything that we love about the Elise to a bigger, more refined, more grown up platform...It couldn’t really be much better to drive - the Evora is nigh-on perfect. A winner on every conceivable level.”
 
    Top Gear – Sports car of the Year 2009
    “Its pretty, quintessentially British, fast and handles like a dream. Evora takes Lotus to a new place in terms of quality but more importantly delivers a sports car rush that puts other marques to shame.”
 
    Evo Magazine – Car of the Year 2009
    "It's a magical thing across the ground, deft like an Elise, with exceptional poise and feel. What was telling for me was that, getting into it after any of the other finalists, it was even better than I remembered: a bit smoother, a bit quicker and even sweeter dynamically, too. It's a beguiling car. … A quite brilliant car and worthy winner."
 
    Autocar – Britain’s best Driver’s Car 2009Editor’s Special Award for Excellence, Group Lotus
    “The best here. Brilliant on the track. Nimble, delicate and forgiving. Even better on the road.”
 
    iMotor – Most Rated Car of 2008
    “It’s [Lotus Evora] ‘rated’ score of 95 per cent is truly impressive and enough to see it beat brilliant machines such as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and Nissan GT-R.”
 
    Sport Auto: (Readers Choice)
    Best production sports coupe under €100k - 2nd place
 
    Auto Revue:
    Sportscar of the Year 2009 - 2nd place