Ahead of its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th, Lotus have announced the latest evolution of the award winning Evora – the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option. The Evora S is fitted with a 345 bhp version of the Evora’s 3.5 V6 Toyota engine, knocking 0.7 seconds off the standard Evora’s 0-60mph time (4.6 seconds) and lifting its top speed to 172 mph (up from 155 mph).

Dany Bahar Lotus’ Chief Executive Officer summed it up beautifully when he said, “You don’t realise what you were missing from your driving experience until you get behind the wheel of the Evora S.”

So apart from the obvious power difference, how is the Evora S different to the standard Evora? It’s another question we put to the CEO (given that he’s spent a little time behind the wheel, we thought he’d be best placed to answer questions). This is what he said, “It’s the next level of Evora experience. It communicates with you better, the suspension setting has been fine tuned for added power and control so it responds even more to direction. It’s an instinctual car, the experience is pure.”

“We were proud of the Evora but we’re even prouder of the Evora S, I feel like it does the true Lotus experience justice. The really great thing is that as we move forward the standard Evora should also benefit from some of these developments.”

The Evora S comes with a sport pack as standard featuring a ‘sport’ button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve. The sport button also raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings resulting in a total experience change.

There are cross-drilled brakes for improved cooling. And here’s a heads up for those who buy into the old adage ‘you can tell the men from the boys by the size of their toys’: the external emotion of the Evora S has been improved with a completely new active exhaust which means that at the push of a button the car sounds just as dramatic as it feels.

Commenting on the Evora S, Lotus Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann said, “The Evora S is a natural progression for us but more than that, it’s a taste of what people can come to expect from the next generation of Lotus cars. It retains core Lotus values such as performance through lightweight but it also gives more than that. It’s the perfect combination of top performance, style and comfort. Form doesn’t sacrifice function in the case of the Evora S.”

The Evora S will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th.

Intelligent Precision Shift (IPS)

In addition to the Evora S, Lotus will also be unveling IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) – an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission control combined with the 272 bhp 3.5-litre V6.

The IPS version of the Evora allows the driver to switch between a manual paddle shift and automatic drive mode – with the option of selecting ‘sport’ mode to enable the driver to really feel each gear shift and directly control the transmission.

Commenting on the development Dany Bahar said, “The Evora IPS is set to broaden the appeal of the Evora and reach out to a slightly different market. We hope it will be popular with established automatic locations such as Asia, the Middle East and the US. It’s been a long time since Lotus created an automatic and we’ve spent a great deal of time refining this one to make sure that it perfectly complements the Evora drive experience.”

Technical Details and Performance Data

Evora S Technical Specification
Model Evora S
Engine – Mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-I
Emissions see below due to wheel options
Transmission – 6 speed manual
Chassis – Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
Steering – Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted power steering
Suspension – Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension, Bilstein high performance gas dampers, Eibach coaxial coil springs

Performance data
Standard wheel option
Fuel consumption – urban 14.5 l/100km
Fuel consumption – extra urban 7.4 l/100km
Fuel consumption – combined 10.0l/100km
CO2 Emissions – 235 g/km

19/20” wheel option
Fuel consumption – urban 14.6 I/100km
Fuel consumption – extra urban 7.6 I/100km
Fuel consumption – combined 10.2 I/100km
CO2 Emissions – 239 g/km

Max power – 345 bhp (350 PS) / 257.5 kW @ 7000 rpm
Max torque – 400 Nm / 295 lb ft @ 4500 rpm
0-60 mph – 4.6s (0-100 km/h 4.8s)
Maximum speed – 172mph
Vehicle mass (unladen) – 1437kg

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Steve Davies

Steve is an investor, private equity advisor and former Partner at KPMG, PwC and Bain.   Most importantly he's a life-long car enthusiast, mountain biker and active sports enthusiast. He designs and builds technology platforms and is the architect behind Transmission.

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