2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: 2011 Lotus Evora S

Ahead of the official debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30th, Lotus announce the latest evolution of the award winning Evora – the Evora S and Evora IPS.

Lotus Evora kicked up a notch: the upcoming Evora S. Photo: Lotus Cars

Ahead of the official debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30th, Lotus announce the latest evolution of the award winning Evora – the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option.

Lotus has taken the award winning Evora and re-created it with a 3.5-litre Toyota-sourced V6 engine from 276bhp to 345bhp, while torque is also increased from 258lb ft to 295lb ft, to create the Evora S.

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 Lotus’ CEO.

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.”

Lotus Evora S will debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Photo: Lotus Cars

“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,” he added.

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,” he added.

Output for the S jumps to 345 horsepower, compared with the standard Evora's 276 hp. Photo: Lotus Cars

One of the other major changes to the Evora S is the addition of a large centre-mounted active exhaust. The exhaust note can be altered using the Sport button, which opens a by-pass valve within the exhaust.

Along with the exhaust, the biggest visual change is the addition of a larger new diffuser to boost the Evora’s aerodynamic efficiency and larger cross-drilled disc brakes to boost stopping power and improved cooling.

All these changes to the Evora S cut the car’s 0-60mph time over the standard car from 4.9sec to 4.6sec, while maximum speed is increased by 10mph to 172mph.

But that’s not all. In addition to the Evora S, Lotus also presents the IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option. This inception of the seven-time-award-winning Evora sees an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission control with a 3.5 l V6 engine delivering 280 PS assuring a superior automatic driving experience.

The Lotus Evora also gets a new IPS package, an option that lets the driver switch between paddle-shifter manual and automatic transmission mode. Photo: Lotus Cars

The IPS version of the Evora allows the driver to switch between manual paddle shift and automatic drive modes. The driver also has the option of selecting ‘sport’ mode which showcases the Lotus sport driving experience allowing the driver to really feel each gear shift and be in complete control of 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.”

Sales will start soon after the 2010 Paris Auto show. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but expect to pay around £60,000 for the S and a small premium over the base car’s list price of £50,000 for the IPS. [Group Lotus via AutoCar (UK)]

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