New Lotus Evora GTE vs the Stig
The most powerful road-going Lotus ever vs our tame racing driver
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
The wing mirrors are filled with racy profiles, and the engine fires with a percussive bang. This is not a motor that whirrs into life or chugs its way into wakefulness, stretching languidly before firing into a level purr; it comes on with a bark and settles into a wavering gutteral growl, like a light-sleeping pitbull poked with something pointy. Not pretty, but it does drive home the point. The GTE means serious business. So far, so good.
Thus far, the GTE comes equipped with a robotised paddle-shift version of Lotus's Aisin six-speed manual as standard, so first gear comes courtesy of a quick tap of the long right-hand carbon paddle behind the wheel, whose warm, slightly rubbery texture feels a bit like skin. Throttle response is sharp, and you need to modulate the pedal carefully to prevent jerky embarkation embarrassment. Once you've got the thing rolling though... everything gets submerged in the aforementioned confusion.