New Lotus Evora GTE vs the Stig
The most powerful road-going Lotus ever vs our tame racing driver
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
You can see where this thinking propagated. The GTE is The Hulk to the standard Evora's Bruce Banner. It takes the pleasant but innocuous Evora shape and shoves 110mm into the track (mostly covered off by the offset in the lightweight forged centre-lock rims, if the disc-to-wheel distance is anything to go by), slathered by the kind of bodywork bulges that make grown men blush. There are flares and vents that fail to look fussy - just fierce. The front gets a wide and toothy shark's grin, undercut by the kind of splitter that'll do double duty as a snow plough, come winter. And where the standard Evora gets a modest rear spoiler that flows from the bodywork, the GTE boasts a colossal multi-planed aerodynamic behemoth. It also appears, from my first couple of vantages, stubby, wide and wanton. In short, it looks ridiculously good.
There are more surprises as I decant myself into the driver's seat and have to spend a couple of minutes hard-rebooting my attitude. Because it's really pleasant in here. From the lightweight Recaro seats - plush on the cheeks, snug around the kidneys - to the matt, rubbery effect applied to the bare carbon fibre of the doors and other trim, it doesn't feel like Lotuses of old. The controls are simple, the driving position good for a six footer. In fact, it's so agreeable that I cling to the only two things that really get on my nerves: the key is a spike of pure design offence, and the stereo/multimedia headunit sits in the dash like it slipped through from another dimension. A dimension where it is permanently the late Nineties. I'm surprised Blur's ‘Song 2' isn't on loop.