The heavily modified powerplant will let the Lotus Evora achieve a top speed of about 260km/h (160mph) and will accelerate it from zero to 100km/h in under five seconds.
Lotus’ Project ‘Eagle’ sportscar has made its international debut at the London Motor Show and has been confirmed to bear the Evora nameplate.
The Lotus Evora’s unique mid-engined 2 + 2 layout makes it the first of its kind in the sports car market and is powered by Lotus-tuned version of Toyota’s all-alloy 2GR-FE 3.5-litre V6 DOHC, with dual VVT-i engine producing 206 kW (280 PS) and 342 Nm of torque.
With its stunning visual impact, exhilarating all-round dynamic performance, innovative chassis technology and high levels of luxury, packaging and convenience, the Evora heralds an exciting new era for Lotus.
The new lotus evora is more spacious and luxurious than its stablemates and is charged with attracting new customers to the niche British brand i.e. 99th percentile (6ft 5in tall) American males – yes, the cabin will be able to accommodate them.
The introduction of the lotus Evora will increase production at the Lotus factory at Hethel in the east of England by approximately 2000 cars a year. The Evora will be hand crafted and built on a dedicated new assembly line within the facility.
The first all-new Lotus since the iconic Elise made its debut in 1995, The Evora enters the sports car market as currently the world’s only mid-engined 2+2. Powered by a Lotus-tuned 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 280 PS, and weighing just 1350 kg (prototype specification), the Evora promises breathtaking performance. During preliminary testing around the famous Nürburgring, the Lotus chassis engineers report that it is extremely agile and great fun to drive – even when clad with the full development disguise that hid the beautiful lines from the prying motor-industry paparazzi.