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Lotus Evora
8/10

Overall
verdict

The Evora could be a real world-beater, but in a market dominated by Porsche, it has too many ergonomic weaknesses.

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    Evora 3.5 S 2d

    Price £60,550

    BHP 345

    LB FT 295

    MPG 28

    CO2 229

    0-62 MPH 4.60

    Top Speed 172

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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.

Driving

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.

Owning

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?

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