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LOTUS EVORA S CIVILIZED TAKE ON RACE-READY ENGINEERING

by James M. Amend
WardsAuto.com

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).

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