LOTUS EVORA S CIVILIZED TAKE ON RACE-READY ENGINEERING
by James M. Amend
TRES PINOS, CA – Some three hours into a loop through the twisty rural roadways of California wine country in the new-for-’11 Lotus Evora S, the thought occurs to us: “Hey, our fillings are still intact.”
Only a car from Lotus, the British maker of stripped down 2-seaters with suspensions sprung tighter than Tom Jones’ trousers, could illicit such an observation.
In fact, the ride in the Evora S may even be characterized as, dare we say, “supple,” compared with its jaw-jarring stablemate, the Elise.
That’s quite an achievement, given how just 12 hours earlier the same Evora S snaked through the infamous corkscrew of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca like an amusement park ride.
If ever there were a race-ready sports car a person could live with every day, this is it.
The Evora S starts at $64,000 and achieves up to 26 mpg (9.0 L/100 km) on the highway, but still sprints from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.3 seconds and tops out at 172 mph (277 km/h).