The Lotus Evora debuted a brand-new vehicle platform, in contrast to the Exige and Europa’s use of the Lotus Elise chassis. There were initially plans for three vehicles to use this platform, but the Evora was the only one to see the light of day.
Designed by Russell Carr, the Lotus Evora introduced a sleeker, more refined design language that was still unmistakably Lotus. The wraparound windscreen and side windows created a ‘visor’ image, reducing the visual length of the spacious cabin. The front grille curved up into a slight smile, creating a menacing yet likeable profile.
Underneath the sleek bodywork, the Lotus Evora was powered by a transversely mounted Toyota 3.5-litre 24-valve 2GR V6 engine. It was available with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission with “Intelligent Precision Shift”, both manufactured by Aisin. Hydraulic power steering added to a nimble drive feel, despite the Evora’s increased weight in comparison to the Elise.