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Lotus Evora Coming To Australia (2008)


The all-new Lotus Evora 2-plus-2 sports car has been confirmed for Australia – one of the first international markets to secure an allocation – with local deliveries expected in the third quarter of 2009. The mid-engined sports car will complement the existing four-model range of Elise, Exige, Europa and 2-Eleven.While local prices have yet to be confirmed, Lotus Cars Australia has already opened up its order book for local customers to put down a deposit should they want to be one of the first lucky drivers to take delivery of the Evora.

Featuring a Toyota-sourced 3.3-litre V6 3MZ-FE coded engine, Lotus engineers have made various tweaks to the double-overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder engine to improve driveability, response and power such as Lotus-developed engine management system and a bespoke exhaust system that allows the V6 to rev more freely, offer rapid throttle response and improve peak power and torque.

Touted as the least ‘hardcore’ of the current Lotus range, performance is still nothing short of breathtaking with the 0-100km/h sprint taking just 5.0 seconds flat while reaching a top speed of 256km/h.

The Official Lotus Press Release:

Lotus Opens Evora Order Book

Specifications, option packs and confirmation of Australian orders for the exciting Lotus Evora sports car.

Lotus Cars Australia has opened its order book for the Lotus Evora following confirmation the V6 sports coupe is expected to land in Australia third quarter of 2009.After its July debut at the London Motor Show, Lotus Cars Australia Sales & Marketing Manager Jonathan Stretton is excited by the first of 3 all new Lotus model over the coming 5 years.

“As the world’s only mid-engined 2 2 sports car, Evora features 21st century performance combined with practicality and economy. Evora will continue the strengthening of the Lotus brand worldwide, and in Australia and we are very excited that it heralds a new wave of Lotus sports cars that will complement the existing four-model range of Elise, Exige, Europa and 2-Eleven.

“We have confirmed that Evora will form part of the Australian line-up and we are proud to be one of the first international markets to secure an allocation.”

Powered by a Lotus tuned version of the all-alloy 3.3-litre V6 sourced from Toyota, the 3MZ-FE coded engine features double-overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder and variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust cams. The engine benefits from specific Lotus enhancements that improve driveability, response and power such as Lotus-developed engine management system and a bespoke exhaust system that allows the V6 to rev more freely, offer rapid throttle response and improve peak power and torque.

Evora’s seating will offer two adjustable leather covered Recaros as standard equipment, with the a 2 2 configuration with rear ISOFIX child anchorage points.

Other cabin features include a flat-bottomed steering wheel with new power-assistance, edge-lit bespoke controls, along with storage bins and consoles, a 160-litre boot that will accommodate a full set of golf clubs, and a boot cooling system to minimise engine heat ingress.

Though thoroughly equipped in standard specification, some of these features are included as part of the three optional packs that allow personalisation to tailor the Evora for specific tastes and requirements. The packs are detailed as follows:

The Premium Pack includes accent interior lighting a number of leather trim and matching floor mat colours including Charcoal (black), Paprika (red), Chestnut (Tan) and Oyster (magnolia).

The Tech Pack includes cruise control and parking sensors and an advanced Alpine Imprint EQ stereo that is also a highly functional multi-media system. The Alpine system features a seven-inch touch screen, iPod connectivity, DVD player, Bluetooth hands-free phone compatibility and a low tyre-pressure warning. The system also features satellite-navigation that is removeable, allowing the unit to be used in a pedestrian way independent of the car. A reversing camera is also incorporated into the screen.

The Alpine Imprint EQ sound system also uses technology that cancels out sound imbalances such as echoes from glass or absorption by carpets, resulting in amazingly crisp, clear undistorted sound from any seat.

Finally, the Sport Pack is designed for the performance driver, with a switchable sport dynamic setting, sports springs and dampers, cross drilled brake discs, upgraded grilles for added cooling and painted brake callipers.

All Evora’s optional packs are available separately or in combination with stand-alone options including the premium Alpine Imprint Dynamic EQ audio system, reversing camera, electric folding mirrors, bi-xenon headlights and forged alloy Stealth grey wheels.

Stretton surmised: “Lotus Cars Australia had its best year in Australia in 2007 and in 2008 we have launched a number of thrilling models: the Exige S Performance Pack offers outstanding performance comparable to supercars two and three times its price; the new Elise SC is proving extremely popular as it is the first time the flexibility and power of a supercharged engine has been offered in a Lotus with a removable roof.

“The $69,990 Elise S continues to be the most popular model, enabling more buyers into a Lotus than ever before, while the 2008 updates to the entire Lotus range have been extremely well received.”

Stretton summed up: “Evora broadens the Lotus portfolio with a comfortable and practical high performance coupe that combines dramatic looks with contemporary design. The coupe will be the first in a line of Evoras that will evolve to other variants.

“Our order book has now opened and our dealer network is securing deposits. Final pricing is to be confirmed and we are looking forward to communicating more detail in the coming months.”

For more information on the Lotus Evora, visit http://www.lotusevora.com.

LOTUS EVORA SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE 3.5-litre V6 DOHC VVT-i (2GR-FE)
Power: 206kW @ 6400rpm
Torque: 342Nm @ 4700rpm
CO2 emission: 225g/km

GEARBOX
Six-speed manual

BRAKING SYSTEM
ABS
Vented discs (350mm front, 332mm rear)
AP Racing 4-piston callipers front and rear

CHASSIS
Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure

WHEELS
18-inch alloys, 225/40 ZR18 (front)
19-inch alloys, 255/35 ZR19 (rear)

KERB WEIGHT
1350kg (2 2 variant, estimated)

SEATING
Two variants available, 2 seater and 2 2
Adjustable Recaro leather front seats
ISOFIX rear mounting points in 2 2

SUSPENSION
Forged aluminium wishbone (front & rear)
VVA (Versatile Vehicle Architecture)
Bilstein high performance shock absorbers
Eibach coil springs

STEERING
Hydraulically assisted power steering

SOUND SYSTEM
Alpine multi-media system, 7-inch touch screen
Satellite navigation, DVD

CONVENIENCE
Air-conditioning
iPod connectivity
Bluetooth hands-free phone connection
Electric folding exterior mirrors
Tyre pressure monitoring
Traction control

STORAGE
Storage bins, integrated cup holders
Remote release glovebox
160-litre boot

PERFORMANCE
0-100km/h: 5.0 secs (est)
Top speed: 256km/h (est)

RELEASE DATE & PRICE
Estimated third quarter 2009 (Australia), price TBC

British cars, Lotus, Coupes, High Performance cars

October 10th 2008

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One thought on “Lotus Evora Coming To Australia (2008)

  1. Out of the race track, I never liked Lotus very much… lines are too aggressive contrasted to other brands like Ferrari, as comparing a bully with a bodybuilder… nevertheless there is a model showing a different approach that should be considered even when it seem as a departure of original Lotus concepts: The Eterne, four door, four seater sports GT. It’s a car with refined style, sophistication and grace. Even when grace can’t be by Lotus a definition of a sports car, The Eterne paradox?

    Posted by Dugutigui | March 17, 2012, 21:51

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