• Looks, goes, and stops like a sports car
  • Excellent steering and handling
  • Still not that practical
  • Disappointing transmissions
SUM UP The comfier, more practical Lotus is still a blast.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Evora in 2012

The Lotus Evora receives a long list of updates for 2012. A Pioneer sound system with navigation and iPod connectivity replaces the Alpine unit in cars with the tech package. Leather now adorns the door handles, door pulls, and air vents. There are new floor mats and a new shift knob. The Sports gearbox becomes standard for the base Evora; it was previously a $1500 option. The Evora receives the same adaptive exhaust system as the Evora S...more

Overview

The Lotus Evora is essentially a stretched version of the no-longer-sold-here Elise and Exige. Designed for touring rather than track days, the Evora is roomier, more comfortable, and marginally more practical than the Elise and Exige. However, it's still a Lotus, which means that outstanding driver feedback, sublime handling, and spot-on driving dynamics all come standard. A mid-mounted, Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V-6 provides 276 hp in the Evora; tacking on a supercharger helps the Evora S put out 345 hp. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. There is a new automatic, dubbed Intelligent Performance Shift, that can be manually operated via steering-wheel-mounted paddles. The automatic is available only with the normally aspirated engine, but Lotus purists should really stick with the manual gearbox. There is a long list of changes and tweaks for 2012, including the trickle-down to the base Evora of some items that were previously exclusive to the Evora S, such as a noisier exhaust and a close-ratio transmission. Standard equipment is pretty much limited to such things as power windows and locks; options include touch-screen navigation, a backup camera, heated seats, and seven different wheel designs. The Evora can be specified as a two-seater, with a small bench behind the driver's seat, or a two-plus-two, but the rear seats in this case are exceptionally tiny. Now that the Elise and the Exige are no longer sold here, the Evora is the only way to get behind the wheel of a new Lotus.

The Range

Drive: Rear-wheel
Trim levels: Evora, Evora S
Body style: Coupe, 2- or 2+2 passenger
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 276 hp, 258 lb-ft
3.5L supercharged V-6, 345 hp, 295 lb-ft
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo space: (behind front seats/trunk) 23.0/6.0 cu ft

Safety

Dual-stage front air bags, electronic stability control, traction control, and ABS with brake assist are standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

All: 17-20 mpg city/26-28 mpg highway

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2012 Evora Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Headlight Wiper/Washers
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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