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

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

    £84,995 £84,995

    Variant name:EVORA 400 ,Derivative:122-2 ,Variant: EVORA 400 CARS (exc. Off-Road)

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 10 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
    For sale
    £84,995 £84,995
    Snows Motor Group-Lotus Hedge End
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  • Lotus Evora 400

    £73,655 £73,655

    *** PRE REGISTERED, DELIVERY MILES, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL*** 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 chargecooler 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). Based on more than 60 years of Lotus racing and sportscar developments, the new chassis is signific

    For sale
    £73,655 £73,655
  • 2017 LOTUS EVORA 400

    $103,980(£0) $103,980(£0)

    --Silver Metallic with Black Leather interior, Sports Ratio 6-Speed Automatic, delivery miles only. 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. Factory Options Include: 6-Speed Automatic, Black Leather Pack interior, Subwoofer, Light-Weight Forged Silver Wheels (19”/20”), and Signature Silver Metallic paint, and Lotus Guard. 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 the Evora 400 has been reduced by 22kg over its forebear. As a result, its exquisite power to weight ratio, combined with an aerodynami

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    For sale
    $103,980(£0) $103,980(£0)
  • 2014 LOTUS EVORA S IPS 2+2

    $63,500(£0) $63,500(£0)

    --Arctic Silver with Premium Sport Trim (Ebony Black leather with Red piping) and Charcoal carpeting, IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) Transmission, only 5,000 miles from new! Factory Options Include: IPS Transmission,Grey Forged Design (19”/20”) Wheels, Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires (Standard), Premium Package, Heated Seats, Technology Package, Sport Package, Reversing Camera and “Premium” Paint. Powered by a mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre Supercharged DOHC V6 engine producing 345 hp at 7,000 rpm and 295 lb.ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm. 0 – 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 172 mph. Average fuel consumption for city-highway use is 27 mpg. The Evora S carries all the strengths introduced with the standard Evora. The focus for the Evora S is on performance. This is achieved by a higher engine output that highlights the incredible chassis and enhances the driving experience to a further level. The original MSRP was $96,760.00. This Evora is well known to Autosport Designs/Lotus Motorcars of Long Island, sold new to the previous owner and serviced by us. Owner added a black vinyl wrap on the roof and rear wing giving her a "factory black pack" look. Most recently serviced in Ma

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    For sale
    $63,500(£0) $63,500(£0)
  • Lotus Evora

    £41,000 £41,000

    Variant name:V6 SPORTS RACER 4 ,Derivative:MK1 (122) ,Variant: V6 SPORTS RACER 4 With GTE Look Lotus Evora Sports Racer, 276BHP, 1 former keeper. Supplied new by ourselves. The car has a total of 4 service stamps in the book. Finished in Night fall blue with Black Leather and Red piping. The car benefits from A/C, ABS, Alarm, ISOFIX, Immobilizer, Centre Arm Rest, Electric Windows, Reversing Camera, Power-fold Mirrors, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Remote Boot Opening, Premium Sport Interior, Remote Boot Opening, Remote Central Locking, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Adjustable Steering Column, Design Wheel Gloss Black 19''/20'', AP Racing 4-Piston Callipers Front & Rear, Sport Pack - Switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, Increase RPM limit with sportier DPM setting, Stainless steel sports exhaust, Cross-drilled brake discs, Red brake callipers Tech Pack - Upgraded audio system with 2x50W amplifier and subwoofer with dedicated amp, DVD player, 7" WVGA touch screen display with integrated sat nav, Bluetooth, USB connection for various iPod models, MP3 players and memory sticks, Tyre pressure monitor, Cruise control, Rear parking sensors. Upgrades - GTE bumper with Carbon Fibre and DRL’s, Front A pillar wheel vents, Rear Qtr Carbon Air scoop covers, Side Barge Board extension sills (gloss black aluminium), Also the updated V6 00 GTE registration will stay with car.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 20900 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
    For sale
    £41,000 £41,000
  • Lotus Evora V6 2+2

    £23,950 £23,950

    Vehicle Information LOTUS EVORA V6 (276 bhp) 2+2 COUPE 2010 (60) - CAR NOW SOLD - ALWAYS LOOKING TO PURCHASE LOTUS MODELS FOR STOCK - CH: SCCLMDTU3BHC11352 REG: 10/11/2010 NO TRACK USE WITH EMAIL CONFIRMATION FROM LAST OWNER HISTORY: 2 owners from new. 99767 miles. FULL MAIN DEALER DOCUMENTED SERVICE HISTORY with 12 stamps. Last Service 98692 miles on 17/09/2016. 12 months MOT. 2 keys. Handbook pack. OWNERSHIP: Sold new by Lotus Silverstone to a gentleman from Milton Keynes who kept the car for 953 miles. The 2nd keeper from Derby drove very long distances largely I am led to believe in the course of his work until a very recent p/x for a new Evora 400. The 3rd owner has has driven the car for less than 300 miles. A change of plan means a NISSAN GTR is now being sought to replace. An update to the car includes a specially made unique exhaust which has massively opened up the response from the engine together with a very grown up sound. The original unit will be supplied with the car. MAIN DEALER SERVICE HISTORY: 11/11/10 PDI 09/03/11 956 miles 04/07/11 9453 12/12/11 19560 11/04/12 27210 25/09/12 37436 21/02/13 46454 10/07/13 55417 04/03/14 63104 16/09/14 71956 + New Clutch 05/03/15

    For sale
    £23,950 £23,950
  • 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
    For sale
    £67,995 £67,995