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The Top Gear car review:Lotus Evora
For:Incredible ride and steering, a joy to drive
Against:Despite updates quality still falls short
3.5 V6 2dr
Facelift time for the Evora?
More than. It’s been around for six years. But steady on: this not so much a facelift as a...
Not a racier version, but a kit-special: more stuff for not-much-more money…
A shame you can’t buy it, but if this is what range-extenders might be like one day, bring on the future
There’s a new gearbox in order to entice more buyers. Is that enough? Jason Barlow investigates…
More appealing, but you’ll still buy it for the driving dynamics, not the quality
Lotus is now offering an automatic gearbox for the Evora. Well, at least you’ve got the option…
Hedge-fund managers, take note: the time has come to cast aside your Porsche 911 and buy a Lotus Evora
Basic Evora makes much more sense. Pointless rear seats are dropped, but it still retains the awesome handling.
What we say:
A sublime driving experience wrapped up in a package of, um, improving quality...
What is it?
Lotus’ more practical GT-type car that is now, unlike the not-quite-ready first cars, finished. An alluring and vibrant driver’s car, it’s a surprisingly adept all-rounder, too.
It’s wonderful to drive. Suspension breathes, steering is fluid and tactile and, although the standard V6 motor is a bit dull, the supercharged 345bhp S is much more like it. Blimey, it even now sounds good.
On the inside
This was the real weak spot of the first cars. It’s better quality now, but the door openings remain small and the sills are still massive. Visibility remains restricted too.
This is no Porsche in terms of quality, which is something you must seriously consider. It’s better than it was though, and today’s cars no longer smell of glue either. Is the driving experience worth it?