If we asked you to imagine the perfect sports car, chances are something resembling the 2012 Lotus Evora S would pop into your octane-fueled brain. The iconic British automaker has been making some of the most driver-involved vehicles for generations now, dating all the way back to the Lotus Elan, and their latest triumph combines their trademark simplicity with Generation Y gadgetry to produce one of the best cars on the planet.
The new Lotus Evora S is the supercharged version of the popular 2+2 Evora, it’s both more track-ready and more usable than its little brother. With an aluminum bonded structure that helps the Evora S weigh just 3,168 lbs., Lotus has preserved their feather-light philosophy and created the foundation for a ballet dancer on four wheels, exactly what you’ve come to expect from Lotus cars.
Driving dynamics are a top priority, achieved with help from an independent forged aluminum wishbone suspension and qualified Eibach coaxial coil springs. Direction given to the magnesium, contoured steering wheel feeds into massive Pirelli P-Zero tires and stopping power comes from impressive cross-drilled brakes.
Power comes from the same engine in the base Lotus Evora. Made by Toyota, the 3.5L V6 boasts multi-point fuel injection and direct injection providing instant feedback from the gas pedal. The engine is rated around 275 horsepower in the Evora, but in the Evora S, a forced-induction Harrop HTV 1320 supercharger with Eaton TVS technology boosts power to a ripping 345 hp and 295 lb.-ft of torque. That’s enough to blast the Evora S from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, while providing the agility and quickness of an Olympic downhill skier.
The optional Sport Package comes standard on the 2012 Lotus Evora S, and that’s great news for customers because it includes an exhaust bypass valve that turns the Evora S from a concert singer to Andrea Bocelli. Acoustics aren’t the only benefit; the active exhaust opens with a flip of the Sport button to reduce back pressure and enhance throttle response. Other drivers will be seeing a whole lot of the newly designed rear diffuser as the Evora S screams away. But wait, there’s more.
With the Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system, also available in the Lotus Exige, you can switch driving settings to suit your style. For instance, our style is very very very fast, so we would be selecting Sport or Race. Doing so will raise the rev limit and change the stability control settings to optimize traction, since the Lotus Evora S has no limited-slip differential, and we plan on testing the limits of grip. Often. You can also turn the settings to Off – but we’re daring, not crazy.
2012 Lotus Evora S Price: $76,100 MSRP
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