I'm thinking somewhere between 2000 and 2006, Lotus engineers or auto engineers may have discovered optimal air flow is higher up in the mid-section (like the F430) vs. in the middle (like the Elise and Boxster).
I agree it's nice to see Lotus didn't just remake the M250 but there's some similarities. I also like some parts of the M250 over the Evora - but at least the Evora isn't just a bigger Elise. Like Fitfan said, then is then and this is now.
Its good they made it painted as it really helps with the fluidity. But I don't think having design cues from past models makes a car bad or makes it live in the past. Styling heritage is key and so is having a functional airflow. I love the rest of the evora...just not the side as it is now.