So apart from the obvious power difference, how is the Lotus Evora S different to the standard Evora? It's another question we put to the CEO (given that he's spent a little time behind the wheel, we thought he'd be best placed to answer questions). This is what he said: "It's the next level of Evora experience. It communicates with you better, the suspension setting has been fine tuned for added power and control so it responds even more to direction. It's an instinctual car, the experience is pure."
"We were proud of the Evora but we're even prouder of the Lotus Evora S, I feel like it does the true Lotus experience justice. The really great thing is that as we move forward the standard Evora should also benefit from some of these developments."
The Lotus Evora S comes with a sport pack as standard featuring a 'sport' button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve. The sport button also raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings resulting in a total experience change. There are cross-drilled brakes for improved cooling. And here's a heads up for those who buy into the old adage 'you can tell the men from the boys by the size of their toys': the external emotion of the Lotus Evora S has been improved with a completely new active exhaust which means that at the push of a button the car sounds just as dramatic as it feels.
Commenting on the Lotus Evora S, Lotus Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Prillmann said: "The Evora S is a natural progression for us but more than that, it's a taste of what people can come to expect from the next generation of Lotus cars. It retains core Lotus values such as performance through lightweight but it also gives more than that. It's the perfect combination of top performance, style and comfort. Form doesn't sacrifice function in the case of the Lotus Evora S."
Lotus Evora S Technical Specification
- Engine: Mid mounted, transverse 3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-I
- Transmission: 6 speed manual
- Chassis: Modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure
- Steering: Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted power steering
- Forged aluminium double wishbone suspension
- Bilstein high performance gas dampers
- Eibach coaxial coil springs
- Fuel consumption (Standard wheel option)
- urban: 14.5 l/100km
- extra urban: 7.4 l/100km
- combined: 10.0l/100km
- CO2 Emissions: 235 g/km
- Fuel consumption (19/20" wheel option)
- urban: 14.6 I/100km
- extra urban: 7.6 I/100km
- combined: 10.2 I/100km
- CO2 Emissions: 239 g/km
- Max power: 350 PS / 257.5 kW @ 7000 rpm
- Max torque: 400 Nm / 295 lb ft @ 4500 rpm
- 0-60 mph: 4.6s
- 0-100 km/h: 4.8s
- Maximum speed: 172mph
- Vehicle mass (unladen): 1437kg