Lotus Evora vs Porsche 911
Porsche has been perfecting the 911 for decades. The Evora S is still in nappies. Can the old-timer fend off the newbie?
Posted: 10 Jun 2011
Ever since Lotus launched the Evora in 2009 with a Toyota V6, vestigial back seats, a £49,500 price tag and stout ambition, there’s been one giant Teutonic elephant in the room: the Porsche 911. But Lotus always managed a little distance: an Evora at sub-50k was still £17k cheaper than the £67k of the base-spec 911 Carrera 2 – if you managed to stay off the options buffet. It also positioned itself into a lower-performing niche: 276bhp versus the 345bhp of the lowliest 911. The Evora S changes all that.
Words: Tom Ford
Photos: Barry Hayden
This feature was originally published in the March issue of Top Gear magazine