Another positive report on the AC here. You'll be cool, calm and collected in the worst of the hot summer weather the south can throw at you. The HVAC is just fine.
As for the rest, buy in confidence. The leather has held up, the upholstery is not sagging or wrinkled after 18 months of suffering abuse under my lard ass (once it had been corrected with the proper factory clips: ask if you want to know about that) . Better, it has retained the aroma of my first baseball glove which I find a considerable bonus to the leather pack and very critical to the "I drive a British car" experience.
The car is tight and rattle free, and as for the rest, you buy the car knowing that the infotainment system isn't world class but it does get the job done. Priorities vary on that so if it stabbed you in the heart to give up the option of paying $5K for the Burmeister system in a Porsche, comfort yourself knowing you still have the cash to upgrade to any double din system on the market with money left over. The backup camera works, the beepers beep, the road lighting (nobody ever mentions this) is quite good, the fit and. finish are not exemplary ( this is the main critique of the car when compared to its peers ) but once ensconced in the driver's seat. the Evora is remarkably comfortable and perfectly suited to long days in the saddle. Really, really comfortable to me. That was the thing that pushed me over the line. How could a Lotus be this accommodating when my previous impression was that they were heretofore the most annoyingly compromised and least practical cars on the road?
Answer: I was wrong! In the form of the Evora, it's a cosseting place to be.
You buy an Evora because you want the top tier driving experience, the exotic packaging and a fundamentally simple but profoundly satisfying drive. The car comes with some compromises; no frippery that wasn't available ten years ago in a GTI, and the usual limitations that accrue to a car that is made in small (teensy weensy actually) batches of ten or twenty at a time.
In return you get the drive of a lifetime in a car you can use every day. Works for me. I've no regrets and don't feel the least bit deprived in the company of Huracans, Corvettes, Aston Martins, Jaguars.......or Porsche 911s.
Rather made me into a Lotus person. A shocking outcome I never in a hundred years would have thought possible two years ago!
'17 Evora 400 MT