31 August 2010

New Lotus Evora S

One of TopGear’s favouritest sportscars gets a growling supercharger and auto box for Paris motor show

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Lotus Evora S; a faster, lairier, more sideways version of Hethel's most excellent sports coupe.

Addressing a tiny bugbear we've had for some time on the Evora, the S gets a supercharger strapped to its 3.5-litre Toyota V6 loins, upping power to a rather righteous 345bhp and 295lb ft of torque...and finally into genuine sportscar country.

The 0-62mph dash now takes 4.6s (4.9s for the standard car), while top speed rises 10mph to 172mph.

The sideways-ness comes courtesy of revised traction control settings, allowing more drift before the system intervenes. You even get more ‘grrr' with the S, thanks to an exhaust bypass valve courtesy of the standard fit sports pack, which also improves throttle response.

The Evora S gets revised suspension settings, a larger rear diffuser and cross-drilled brakes to deal with the added grunt under the bonnet, while Lotus is - unusually - also offering a paddle-shift auto for the standard Evora.

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