New Lotus Evora GTE vs the Stig
The most powerful road-going Lotus ever vs our tame racing driver
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
The GTE sits steaming in the cold and wet, and all I can think is that this is a seriously surprising car. The problem with the stock Evora is that, despite being one of the most satisfying cars to actually drive down a typical UK B-road, it lacks visual presence, has been lumbered with a not-quite-up-to-scratch interior and has a habit of getting its arse thoroughly kicked in a traffic-light drag. The GTE looks like a full-on, street-stopping supercar, has the gumption to match the swagger and delivers it in such a way that mere mortals can reasonably access the voodoo. But what it also manages to be, more than anything else, is a Lotus. It sucks itself down a bumpy road in a way that makes most other sports cars seem slightly... primitive. The bigger industrial picture is still a worry, but when Lotus Cars has people that can create vehicles like this, then there's always a tiny piece of Norfolk that deserves a much bigger place on the automotive map. It's one of our brightest stars. And the brilliant GTE gives it an extra laser-bright twinkle.