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Lotus Evora: buying guide and review (2009-present)

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There may be more practical performance cars on the market, and there are definitely many which are better built, but in terms of pure driving enjoyment the Lotus Evora is nigh-on impossible to beat. 
 
It was so good in fact, that in the same year of its 2009 release, the Evora was named Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year. Among others, it pipped a Porsche 911 GT3 and Noble M600 to the title, and was described as 'a magical thing across the ground, deft like an Elise, with exceptional poise and feel.'
 
Though the sublime handling rightly deserves praise, the Evora’s everyday usability is one of its key selling points. It rides more smoothly than the average family hatch, and additional soundproofing and a fixed roof makes it much more relaxing for regular use than an Elise. The Toyota-sourced V6, whether naturally aspirated or supercharged, should cause little to no trouble, especially if it has been serviced at the recommended 9000-mile intervals. 
 
On the practicality front, the Evora scores points over a Cayman with a 2+2 configuration. Though the rear seats are pretty much useless for adults, they can cater for the occasional school run or compliment the 160-litre boot mounted behind the engine.
 
Despite the talented chassis and usability, the Evora has been a slow seller since its release. This can be blamed on what some would consider to be a steep price (launch models loaded with almost every option available cost £67,000), and of course the constant temptation of a Cayman or 911 leads many buyers to make a bee-line for their nearest Porsche dealer instead. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
The Evora range is refreshingly simple to figure out, with two main engine options offered until 2015, when the Evora received extensive revisions. 
 
Launch models were powered by a 3.5-litre Toyota V6. With 276bhp and a modest 1382kg kerb weight, the Evora returned a 5.2-second 0-60mph time and a 162mph top speed. A year later, the addition of a supercharger resulted in the Evora S, which provided 911-baiting pace thanks to a 345bhp output.
 
First gen models are available with three option packs, all of which are worth searching for. The Tech Pack improves everyday usability thanks to the addition of cruise control, parking sensors, satellite navigation, and bluetooth and ipod connectivity. The Premium pack helps to improve perceived quality thanks to additional leather trim (offered in a range of colours), heated seats and an central armrest. The Sports Pack, meanwhile, focusses on the driving experience. Equipped as standard on the S, it adds drilled brake discs, a ‘Sport’ button to sharpen throttle response and a larger rear diffuser.
 
The most significant changes to the range appeared in 2015 with the debut of the Evora 400. Heavily revised styling includes with new bumpers front and rear, plus tweaked bonnet and engine covers. Composite AP Racing brakes measuring 370mm, up from 350mm on earlier models, improved the already impressive stopping power. A limited-slip differential was now included too, and comfort in the cabin was raised thanks to standard-fit air conditioning and an improved infotainment system. Forged alloy wheels and Alcantara trim are among the optional extras.
 
Thanks to boasting such a well-sorted chassis from the factory, it’s rare to find an Evora subjected to any aftermarket fettling. Tuning rarely goes beyond a remap and a performance exhaust.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 3456cc V6
Power 345bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque 295lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top Speed 172mph
0-60mph 4.6secs
Fuel consumption 28.3mpg
Insurance group 47/50
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2575mm
Length 4342mm
Width 1848mm
Height 1223mm
Weight 1437kg
 
Common problems
 
● It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to discover that the Toyota-sourced V6 has suffered from little or no issues during its tenure in the Evora’s engine bay.

● Likewise, the gearbox gives very little hastle. However, the linkage cables can vary in condition, causing some cars to suffer from a vague shift. While the replacement parts aren’t expensive, the need to remove plenty of interior trim means that repairs are time consuming 

● The leather trim on pre-2012 models isn’t of the finest quality, and there’s a strong chance it’ll look tatty - particularly around the sill covers where it's vulnerable to scuffing

● Any Evoras displaying wear on the outer edges of tyres suggests a car that has been subjected to track work. Uneven wear will likely be due to poor alignment, usually as a result of kerbing

● The chassis is aluminium and the panels composite, so there aren’t any rust issues to worry about 

● Check panel gaps - any hint of misalignment suggests poorly repaired crash damage. The chassis is constructed from three distinct sections, so more extensive crash damage should usually be repaired to a high standard
 
Model History
 
2009: Evora released with 276hp V6. Launch models were equipped with every option pack available
2010: Supercharged S model added to the range. Increases power to 345bhp
2011: The formerly optional Premium Pack, which adds leather upholstery, a reversing camera, xenon headlights and a better audio system, becomes standard
Aug 2015: Deliveries for Evora 400 commence. Extensive revisions include improved build quality, more generous equipment levels, larger brakes and a limited-slip differential as standard
 
Key clubs and websites
 
● www.lotuscars.com
● www.clublotus.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
Early Evoras, even with low mileages, offer fairly strong value for money. 2009 models with 20,000 miles or more can be bagged for less than £30,000. The cheapest supercharged models start from around £30,000 and based on age and mileage creep from there towards £50,000.

Words: Alex Ingram // Images: evo magazine
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Last updated: 11th Apr 2016
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  • Lotus Evora

    £62,989 £62,989

    Variant name:EVORA 400 ,Derivative:122-2 ,Variant: EVORA 400 Alcantara Pack. Black Pack, Gloss Black Forged Alloy Wheels, Red Callipers. Reversing Camera.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 6693 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
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  • Lotus EVORA S Sport Racer

    £49,000 £49,000

    Additional Details: Lotus Evora S Sport Racer (345hp) finished in Special Burnt Orange with Sport Racer Gloss Black Painted Roof, Front Splitter, Sills and Wing Mirrors. Teamed nicely with Premium Sport Black Leather and Slate Grey Suedetex Interior with contrast Red Piping and Stitching. 2+2 Combination with Isofix Rear Seats. Fully Loaded with Alpine Touch Screen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Telephone Connectivity, Rear Parking Sensors and Reversing Camera, Cruise Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Switchable Sports Mode with Sharper Throttle Response and Increased RPM Limit, Stainless Steel Sports Exhaust Tailpipe, Cross Drilled Brake Discs, Black Brake Calipers and Gloss Black Forged Wheels 19/20

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 6600 mi
    For sale
  • Lotus EVORA 400 Hethel Edition 'Metallic Black'

    £76,000 £76,000

    Additional Details: Lotus Evora 400 AUTO 50th Anniversary Hethel Edition finished in Metallic Black with Black Alcantara Trim Upgrade with Contrast Silver Stitching throughout Interior Including Door Cards, Upper Centre Console, Fascia and Binnacle Top, Leather and Alcantara Trimmed Sparco Lightweight Seats, Leather Gear Lever and Handbrake Gaiter, Steering Wheel Trimmed in Black Leather and Black Alcantara with Silver Stitching with Red Alcantara Position Stripe. Fully loaded with Sports Ratio 6 Speed AUTO Gearbox, Drive, Sport and Race Modes, Two Piece High Performance Brake Discs, Heated and Powerfold Door Mirrors, Heated Driver and Passenger Sparco Seats, Air Conditioning, Satellite Navigation with Bluetooth, Telephone Connectivity, Reversing Camera and Reversing Sensors, Cruise Control, Silver Forged 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Tyre and Yellow Brake Calipers.

    • Year: 2016
    For sale
  • Lotus Evora 400

    £61,950 £61,950

    If you are interested in this vehicle please contact Hofmann's of Henley on 01491 848800 or click here . « Return to Car Sales page Contact Us | Tel. 01491 848 800 | Email: info@hofmanns.co.uk © 2013 Hofmann’s of Henley | Terms Of Use | Site design: solarcreative.co.uk

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  • 2015 LOTUS EVORA

    POA POA

    We are now available to offer our demonstrator Evora 400 for sale. RRP £80,485 SAVE £7,490 Yours for only £72,995 Evora 400 manual with - Metallic White Black Pack Alcantara Trim Pack Forged Wheels Cruise Control Why wait for a factory build and have this one NOW and save some money at the same time !! Please call Jonathan on 01508 530491 or 0783716487 to discuss further and book a test drive.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 3077 mi
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  • Lotus EVORA Launch Edition 276hp

    £32,000 £32,000

    Additional Details: Lotus Evora Launch Edition (276hp) finished in Graphite Grey with Premium Pack Charcoal Black Leather Interior Upgrade with Armrest and Accent Lighting, Sports Pack with Switchable Sports Mode with Sharper Throttle Response, Increased RPM Limit and Sports Traction Control Setting, Sports Rear Diffuser, Engine Oil Cooler, Crossed Drilled Brake Discs. Tech Pack with Alpine Satellite Navigation Unit with Bluetooth Connectivity, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Cruise Control and Rear Parking Sensors. Plus – Powerfold Door Mirrors, ISOFIX Rear Seats, Reversing Camera, Lotus Sports Exhaust and Classic Silver Cast Wheels

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 24980 mi
    For sale
  • LOTUS EVORA 3.5 V6 VVT-i 2dr 276BHP Petrol Manual 2011 28000 Silver

    £31,495 £31,495

    THIS LOTUS EVORA IS JUST PERFECT WITH SUCH LOW MILEAGE, A GREAT SPEC AND AN EXTENSIVE FULL SERVICE HISTORY.;;Upgrades/Spec Includes: Arctic Silver Metallic Paintwork, 2+2 Seater, Tech/ Premium pack Consisting Of Black Leather Recaro Sports Seats, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, iPod Connectivity, Reverse Camera, Bi Xenon Headlights, Heated Front Seats, Boot Cargo Net, Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, ;Sports Exhaust, Onboard Computer, Air Conditioning, Traction Control.;Sports pack Consisting Of Engine Oil Cooler, Increased Rev Limit, Switchable Sports Mode, Cross-drilled Brake Discs, Sharper Throttle Response, Black Painted Brake Callipers, 18" Alloy Wheels Front 19" Rear In Gloss Black. ;Serviced at 1062 miles, 11364 miles, 16761 Miles, 21807 Miles, 24494 Miles And 27009 Miles.;;;

    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.456
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  • Lotus Evora

    £29,500 £29,500

    Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Bluetooth, Satellite Navigation, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Full main dealer service history Lotus Evora 2 3.5 V6 6 Speed Manual 276BHP registered March 2010 finished in Laser Blue with Cream Leather interior, 18 Inch Front and 19 Inch Rear Alloys, Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Powerfold Door Mirrors, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Cruise Control, Colour Touchscreen with Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity, AUX IN and USB, Sports Mode, Full Lotus Service History at Westover Lotus at 1,229 on 26/03/10; 6,851 on 22/03/11; 12,825 on 06/03/12; 20,338 on 04/03/13; 26,028 on 03/04/14 with brake fluid and 31,811 on 18/11/15,Bell and Colvill on 06/09/2016 at 31964 miles including gearbox oil and hydraulic fluids. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 31000 mi
    • Engine size: 3456
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  • Lotus Evora 400 Gulf Limited Edition - Automatic / Paddleshift

    £72,950 £72,950

    The new Lotus Evora 400 is Lotus’ flagship supercar. It is stylishly attractive, beautifully designed, and yet purposefully aerodynamic. From its aggressive new front cooling intakes to its more prominent rear, 5-blade airflow diffuser and new three-element tail spoiler, it is every inch the purpose-built supercar. Yet, because it is a Lotus, the Evora 400 features ‘zero-lift’, although the aero package increases downforce by 50lbs (23kgs) at V-max, to make more efficient use of its immensely capable road manners. Despite producing 400hp (406ps) from its 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, larger brakes and a new interior the overall kerbweight of the Evora 400 has been reduced by 22kg over its forebear. The exquisite 3.5-litre V6 engine has been modified significantly to achieve the supercar performance of the Evora 400. A revised supercharger, and a water-to-air charge cooler that raises power to an outstanding 400hp have supplemented its induction system. These advances allow 0-60 of 4.2 seconds onto a V-max of 186mph (300kph). Underpinning the Evora 400 supercar is a brand new, efficient, structurally rigid and low weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub. Based on more than 60 yea

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  • LOTUS EVORA 400

    £69,950 £69,950

    The Lotus Evora 400 is the fastest Lotus road car of the New Millennium. Its lightweight chassis has been lowered and widened to make cockpit entry and exit to the 2+2 composite body easy. The Evora 400 exudes the Lotus spirit of lightness and driving purity so succinctly. Despite producing 400 hp (406 ps) from its 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, with its comfortable cabin displaying many new features, the overall kerbweight of the Evora 400 has been reduced by 42 kg over its forebear. As a result, its exquisite power to weight ratio, combined with an aerodynamic package that maintains zero lift but increases downforce at high speeds, simply enhances its supercar appeal. The exquisite 3.5-litre V6 engine has been modified significantly to achieve the supercar performance of the Evora 400. Its induction system has been supplemented by a revised supercharger and a water-to-air chargecooler, that raises power to an outstanding 400 hp (406 ps). Select the first of the its six, close-ratio, manual gears and the acceleration is viscerally exciting. In fact, the automatic version is even swifter off the mark, its performance sharpened by the Race setting in the Dynamic Performance Manag

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    For sale
  • Lotus Evora

    £29,900 £29,900

    Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Bluetooth, Satellite Navigation, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Full main dealer service history Lotus Evora 2 3.5 V6 6 Speed Manual 276BHP registered March 2010 finished in Laser Blue with Cream Leather interior, 18 Inch Front and 19 Inch Rear Alloys, Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Powerfold Door Mirrors, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Cruise Control, Colour Touchscreen with Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity, AUX IN and USB, Sports Mode, Full Lotus Service History at Westover Lotus at 1,229 on 26/03/10; 6,851 on 22/03/11; 12,825 on 06/03/12; 20,338 on 04/03/13; 26,028 on 03/04/14 with brake fluid and 31,811 on 18/12/15. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 31000 mi
    • Engine size: 3456
    For sale
  • Lotus Evora

    £79,295 £79,295

    Variant name:EVORA 400 ,Derivative:122-2 ,Variant: EVORA 400 IPS 3.5 V6 Automatic Automatic, Metallic Black, Black Leather Trim Pack, Black Callipers, Navigation, Cruise Control, 2+2 seat configuration with Isofix in rear, Engine start/stop button, Sport/Race Function, Torsen LSD, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, Powerfold Heated Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Heated Seats, Reverse Camera, Rear Parking Sensor, Alpine 5 speaker ICE unit with full Sat Nav and Sub. New Unregistered. Lotus Main Dealer Facilities. Part Exchange Welcome. Please Ask For A Finance Quotation.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 25 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
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  • 2012 LOTUS EVORA IPS 2+2

    $59,500(£48,629.35) $59,500(£48,629.35)

    --Ardent Red with Suede Tex and Charcoal carpeting, IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) Transmission, 3,000 miles. Factory Options Include: IPS Transmission, Premium Package-Suede Tex, Heated Seats, Technology Package, Sport Package, Reversing Camera, Power Folding Mirrors, Gloss Black Forged Wheels and “Premium” Paint. Powered by a 3.5-litre V-6 producing 276 hp at 6,400 rpm and 252 lb.ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm, 0 – 60 mph sprint taking approximately 5.3 seconds with a top speed of over 160 mph. Not only fast, the Evora has class leading fuel economy (est. 28 mpg). In keeping with the great Lotus Tradition, the Evora employs innovative lightweight chassis technology to ensure all-around exceptional dynamic performance. This Evora IPS was sold new by us, has been serviced by us and has been properly owned and cared for from new. It has only used for seasonal use, never in inclement weather and remains exceptional in every way.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    For sale
  • Lotus Evora

    £79,645 £79,645

    Variant name:EVORA 400 ,Derivative:122-2 ,Variant: Evora 400 Black Alcantara Trim Pack, Gloss Black Forged Alloy Wheels, Black Pack, Cruise Control, 2+2 seat configuration with Isofix in rear, Engine start/stop button, Sport/Race Function, Torsen LSD, Red Brake Callipers, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, Powerfold and Heated Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Heated Seats, Reverse Camera, Rear Parking Sensor, Alpine 5 speaker ICE unit with full Sat Nav and Subwoofer. New Unregistered. Part Exchange Welcome. Please Ask For A Finance Quotation.

    • Year: 2016
    • Engine size: 3.5
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  • Lotus Evora

    £73,500 £73,500

    Variant name:EVORA 400 ,Derivative:122-2 ,Variant: EVORA 400 Brand new unregistered Lotus Evora 400 3.5 V6 400BHP +2. Finished in Metallic Silver with Red leather trim. The car benefits from A/C, 2+2, Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Race Mode, Sports Mode, Heated Seats, Leather Trim, Cruise Control, Traction Control, Electric Windows, Reversing Camera, Black Alloy Wheels, Electric Wing Mirrors, Remote Boot Opening, Bi-Xenon Head Lights, Remote Central Locking, LED Day Running Lights, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Active Exhaust Valve Control, 50/50, 24mths, 0% APR finance avalible, SUBJECT TO STATUS £73,500 OTR Deposit £36,750 0 Payments 24mths Balance £36,750

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 10 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
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  • Lotus Evora 400

    £67,995 £67,995

    Variant: Evora 400 Williams Lotus are proud to offer for sale the stunning new Lotus Evora 400. Introducing the new awaited and much anticipated Lotus Evora 400!!! Hot off the press from the Hethal production line this is the regeneration Face lift Evora with more power and jaw dropping looks! Finished with the following specification: Starlight Black metallic Paint, Black Leather, Black Pack, Gloss Black Forged wheels, Cruise Control, Red Brake Callipers, Satellite Navigation with Bluetooth & Reversing Camera. Heated Seats, 19" Front 20" Rear Gloss Black alloy wheels, Switchable sport mode with sharper throttle response and increased RPM limit, Cross drilled brake discs. Switchable Sports Exhaust, Power Fold Mirrors, Rear Parking Sensors, Air Conditioning, Alarm, ABS, Adjustable steering column/wheel, Central locking, Driver airbag, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Passenger airbag Call Williams Lotus today on 01454315112.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 75 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
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  • Lotus Evora 400

    £69,950 £69,950

    The Lotus Evora 400 is the fastest Lotus road car of the New Millennium. Its lightweight chassis has been lowered and widened to make cockpit entry and exit to the 2+2 composite body easy. The Evora 400 exudes the Lotus spirit of lightness and driving purity so succinctly. Despite producing 400 hp (406 ps) from its 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, with its comfortable cabin displaying many new features, the overall kerbweight of the Evora 400 has been reduced by 42 kg over its forebear. As a result, its exquisite power to weight ratio, combined with an aerodynamic package that maintains zero lift but increases downforce at high speeds, simply enhances its supercar appeal. The exquisite 3.5-litre V6 engine has been modified significantly to achieve the supercar performance of the Evora 400. Its induction system has been supplemented by a revised supercharger and a water-to-air chargecooler, that raises power to an outstanding 400 hp (406 ps). Select the first of the its six, close-ratio, manual gears and the acceleration is viscerally exciting. In fact, the automatic version is even swifter off the mark, its performance sharpened by the Race setting in the Dynamic Performance Manag

    • Year: 2016
    For sale
  • 2017 LOTUS EVORA 400

    $102,435(£83,720.13) $102,435(£83,720.13)

    --Silver Metallic with Red Alcantara interior, Sports Ratio 6-Speed Manual with Torsen LSD gearbox, delivery miles only. (Please note Photos are file and will be updated once car arrives to Lotus Motorcars of Long Island) The all new Lotus 400 includes a high level of standard specifications including an all-new 3.5 liter 400 BHP V6, 24 valve water cooled all aluminum engine with Edelbrock Supercharger, 370 mm composite two piece brake discs from AP Racing, a Limited Slip Differential, Automatic Air Conditioning, infotainment system including satellite navigation, and Brake Calipers painted Red with Black Lotus Logo. Factory Options Include: Alcantara Pack interior, Cruise Control, Light-Weight Forged Gloss Black Wheels (19”/20”), and Silver Metallic paint. The Lotus Evora 400 is the fastest Lotus road car of the New Millennium. Its lightweight chassis has been lowered and widened to make cockpit entry and exit to the 2+2 composite body easy. The Evora 400 exudes the Lotus spirit of lightness and driving purity so succinctly. Despite producing 400hp (406ps) from its 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, with its comfortable cabin displaying many new features, the overall curb-weight of

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 2016 mi
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