2011 Lotus Evora S
We're just over a month away from the 2010 Paris Motor Show and already the cars that will be on display are starting to trickle into the light. Today's unveiling: the 2011 Lotus Evora S.
Designed to be a more focused, better communicating take on the Evora GT-light experience, the Evora S offers a boost to 345 horsepower from the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine--which may or may not be fitted with a compact supercharger as expected, as Lotus completely left it out of the press release. It's almost certainly there, as gaining 69 horsepower over the stock Evora's 276-horsepower rating isn't indicative of tuning and exhaust work alone.
The Evora S also features a stiffer suspension, cross-drilled brakes to improve fade resistance, a sport button that adjusts throttle response, raises the rev limit and activates an exhuast bypass valve for freer breathing and more sound. A more aggressive aerodynamics package, as spied earlier this month, including a large rear diffuser also mark the Evora S out from the normal Evora.
"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," said Dany Bahar, Lotus' CEO. "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."
But that's not the only thing Lotus revealed today: also coming to Paris is a new Intelligent Precision Shift option for the standard Evora. The IPS is a six-speed automatic transmission with manual paddle-shift mode. That's all we know for now. The rest of the details will have to wait for Paris.