Almost two years after the 2010 Lotus Evora was first revealed, the very first example of the sporty mid-engined coupe has been delivered to a customer in North America. That honor went to Bruce Rice, who picked up the car this week at the John Eagle European’s Lotus dealership in Austin, Texas.

"Delivering the first Evora in North America was an exciting moment for John Eagle European and the Lotus brand,” dealer principal Sonny Morgan. “The multiple award-winning Evora is one of the most advanced new sports cars available in the world, and the very first customer car is on the road today right here in Austin.”

Interestingly, the Austin dealership is ranked as the number one Lotus dealership in Texas, and the third in the whole of North America.

The Evora, meanwhile, is the first all-new car from Lotus since the introduction of the Elise back in 1995, and it’s the only sports car on the market with a mid-engine layout and a 2+2 seating configuration. While Lotus’ current offerings are designed primarily with race track intentions, including the GT-styled Europa--which is largely based on the Elise--the Evora is designed for people seeking real-world usability matched with stunning design and performance.

It comes powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine sourced from Toyota and delivers a healthy 276 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. For more details, check out our previous report by clicking here.