2011 Lotus Evora – The Top 10 Cars of 2011: Auto Excellence Awards
Throughout the year, Popular Mechanics record the functionality, technology, value and feel of new cars from our test drives. Near the end of the year, we gather and argue for the best cars and trucks of 2011.
2011 Lotus Evora
FUN TO DRIVE
Base Price: $74,675
What does Lotus know about handling that eludes the rest of the world? It’s a question we asked ourselves after an exhilarating mountain-road romp in the new Evora. While this Lotus makes several concessions to practicality, such as a small rear seat and even cruise control, essentially it’s a driver’s car. And for 2011, there’s nothing better on the road. Those with the means will enjoy a connection between the car and the road that borders on telepathic. The steering effort linearly increases as the cornering forces build, and the suspension impeccably keeps the tires squarely planted on the road. The result is a car with high but accessible cornering limits, a sports car that makes even novice drivers feel like heroes. Even better, the Evora smashes the notion that good handling and a supple ride are mutually exclusive—it’s cushy enough to drive to work, yet incredibly entertaining on curvy roads and racetracks.
~ Best 2011 Cars – 2011 Auto Excellence Awards – Popular Mechanics