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Despite its sportscar foibles, the new Lotus flagship, the Evora, is rivetting

Lotus logo19 Jan 2010

By LUCIANO PAOLINO

AFTER several previews including two local unveilings last year, Lotus has finally launched its new premium model, the Evora, in Australia. With a price reaching towards $190,000 when fully optioned, the Evora is the company’s first two-plus-two, mid-engined V6 and the most expensive car on the Lotus list. The Evora promises a combination of practicality with premium performance like no other Lotus in the range to justify its large asking price.
Model release date: 1 January 2010 to 1 August 2011

Previous model

Lotus Excel SE

Released: 1989
Ended: 1991
Family Tree: Evora

THE Excel did not really excel here, arriving for a brief, two-year sojourn officially in 1989, although this front-engine Lotus two-plus-two was introduced in the UK in 1982 then updated in 1986 and production stopped in the UK in 1992. The 2.2-litre, 16-valve four-cylinder Excel we saw for a short time developed 134kW of power at 6500rpm and 220Nm of torque at 5500rpm and was hooked up to a Toyota five-speed manual gearbox or optional four-speed ZF auto. The Excel wasn’t slow, with the manual version capable of a sub-seven-second 0-100km/h time.

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