Published on September 21st, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Lotus Evora S – Not To Be Ignored – test drive review
It was launched almost 3 years ago and had had little global success. Why? Well the 1st Evora came with an automatic gearbox that just did not do justice to this communicative sports car. Then a manual 6-speed was introduced. This new gearbox launched the Evora’s desire factor and after some months we were allowed to take this car out for a spin. A short spin was all that was allocated to us….4 hours, but this was enough time for us to exploit this Lotus supercar on our dedicated test route from Shah Alam to Klang and back. A mix of highways, ‘B’ roads and an almost deserted stretch of 20 kilometers of curves and angles.
For an all out sport car this Evora is far more practical than you’d expect. Because the engine is mounted behind the driver there’s a reasonable-sized, but not too deep luggage compartment and 2 small seats in the rear for kids. Inside the cabin there is a glovebox and deep lidded door pockets handy for storing valuables out of sight. The seat backs tilt forward easily for access. Supportive and comfortable electric seats ensure setting the perfect driving position takes but moments and although the steering wheel only adjusts for reach there’s enough seat height adjustment to ensure comfort is not hampered.
The 3.5-litre V6 Toyota sourced engine delivers plenty of performance for the money, with a top speed of 285km/h and a 0-100km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds. The Evora has an appetite for rocketing up to three-figure speeds. Push the engine revolution to the upper limits and the V6 sings a song that is intoxicating with a wail that comes as you keep the engine at boil in 3rd gear. It a perfect companion when you’re basking in the grin-inducing acceleration that keeps your hands busy on the steering wheel to maintain your intended trajectory. Better still is the engine’s tractability, courtesy of 400Nm of torque at 4,600rpm. Not that fuel consumption will be a big issue with most owners, but the official figures are good if you have a light foot in the city.
The Evora’s predictable handling and superb brakes ensure outstanding active safety, backed up by driver and passenger airbags. Emotionally justifying a Evora is the easiest thing in the world. Cruising at the legal limit is comfortable with virtually no issue. Flex your right foot and, as the needle spins round to the red line, the cultured and unmistakable V6 sings a tune with the stereo for your aural entertainment. Road noise is not a problem at any legal speed but take it past 150km/h and the tire roar enters the cabin.
Yes, there are a number of other sport cars snapping at its heels but the Evora’s style and character remains uniquely satisfying. However, not only does the Evora S dish up unbridled driving pleasure but its real-world practicality makes it a superb all-year-rounder. Buy one and you’ll never tire of driving it. And the reality of the dream is that it is affordable when compared with the rest of the segment players.
Lotus EVORA Specification
Engine: V6-cylinder DOHC 24-valve dual VVT-I Mid-mounted
Max power: 345hp @ 6400rpm
Max torque: 400Nm @ 4600rpm
Transmission: 6-speed sports manual
Top speed: 285km/h
Price: RM513,000.00 base price