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Job well done for new Lotus Seater - Cars and Motorbikes - Mirror.co.uk


Job well done for new Lotus Seater
By Richard Hammond on Mar 12, 09 06:31 PM in Richard Hammond's Friday column

Lotus seater! Lotus could have thought of a sexier name for its new sports car but otherwise it looks like a job well done. Very well done, in fact.

How many mid-engined cars can you think of that are able to carry a couple of extra people in the back? Correct, none.

True, the back seats of the Evora are more Hammond-sized than tall adult but they're big enough for kids or for a run down to the pub. Lotus is also building a two-seat-only version that it's calling the 2+0. It's cheaper, too, at £47,500 (the 2+2 is £49,875).

These prices put the Evora firmly in Porsche Cayman territory. Lotus has been plagued in the past by a dodgy reputation when it comes to interiors. The Esprit, for example, was an absolutely fabulous car to drive but sometimes bits didn't work - like electric windows - or trim came away if you went over a speed bump.

The new car, however, should make amends - it looks just fantastic inside, with neat aluminium instrument mounts and quality plastic parts. The Evora also looks stunning from the outside - just wait until you see one in the metal.

The model is powered by a Toyota 3.5-litre V6 with 280bhp but that doesn't mean the engine has been plucked straight out of a Toyota. Lotus boffins in Norfolk have fiddled extensively with the engine to make it suitable for a proper sports car and, in the process, have managed to get its emissions down to 205g/km, which is pretty impressive for a biggish motor. But you want to know how fast it'll go, don't you? I know I do.

Lotus is claiming a zippy 0-60mph time of about 5.0sec as well as a top speed of around 170mph - plenty quick enough, in other words. But this model isn't just about tearing away from the traffic lights.

Because it's a Lotus it will handle like a racing car while also offering a ride that's not so stiff it will knock your teeth out. In fact, I can't think of a car that I'm more looking forward to driving than this new Lotus. It'll have a job on its hands to beat the fantastic Porsche Cayman.

But it's a Lotus - and it's built in Britain by British craftsman - so even if it can't out-corner a Cayman, it's still going to be a top-quality motor. And if that doesn't make you come over all patriotic I honestly don't know what will.
 

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The more I read and see, the more I want. Esp with the TVS SC S version. Its like a 911 with personality.
Yeah, me too. I was on board with getting one, then went away from that. Now rethinking it. Maybe I do want one.
 

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I would be surprised if I read any bad thing about this car.
 

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Richard Hammond said:
Lotus is also building a two-seat-only version that it's calling the 2+0
Somehow that had escaped my notice before. Presumably it will be faster with the reduced weight.
 

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Somehow that had escaped my notice before. Presumably it will be faster with the reduced weight.
It has been mentioned before. :) There are a number of variants. Folding retractable top (replaces the rear seats) is another one.
 

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Lotus Seater? I don't get it. It's called the Evora
 

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I assumed it was a typo and meant to be "Lotus 4 seater"
 

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:huh:

Is the Evora metal? I thought it was fiberglass.
FYI, this is just a "UK'ism" way of differentiating between how a car looks in pics vs how it looks in real life as a 3-D solid--no matter what it's made of :D.
 

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heh... makes sense. Not really funny, but makes sense. :)
 

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Allow me to understand this correctly compadre!

Job well done for new Lotus Seater
By Richard Hammond on Mar 12, 09 06:31 PM in Richard Hammond's Friday column.
You're putting great stock into what the... Fridge Magnet has to say?


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Hmm...I wonder if my lotus buying button can remain under glass until this comes out. I wont have a job until December and it will probably take a year and half or more before I'd even find one to test drive....decisions decisions...

Things look promising though!
 

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Yes...I want to wait until 2011 to buy one (saving the pennies as you read). But will I pull the trigger early and get an SC Elise, an Exige, or a long coveted S4S Esprit...? Hopefully, I can hang on.
 
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