• (4.2) 6 reviews
  • MSRP: $23,239–$56,035
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 276-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2010 Lotus Evora

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Lotus Evora

What We Don't Like

  • Cockpit still difficult to enter/exit
  • No dual-clutch transmission available

Notable Features

  • All-new model unrelated to Exige or Elise siblings
  • Seats up to four
  • Mid-engine layout
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed manual

2010 Lotus Evora Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Lotus says the new Evora is the world's first four-seat, mid-engine car. Its engine placement is one that's been used in two-seat cars to ensure optimal weight distribution and better cornering control.

In contrast to the high-revving four-cylinder engines used in the flyweight Elise and Exige, the Evora has a Toyota-sourced, 3.5-liter V-6. Larger, heavier and more expensive than either sibling, the Evora roughly competes in price and performance to the Porsche 911. It is Lotus' first modern attempt at a daily driver, too, with options such as a two-passenger backseat, a navigation system and a backup camera. A few years down the road, the automaker says to expect a convertible variant.

Though it bears a passing resemblance to the Exige and Elise, the Evora weighs 3,046 pounds, about 1,000 pounds more than either sibling. Lotus says the car was designed to be a better daily driver than the Exige or Elise, with larger doors, narrower door sills and a 2.5-inch higher seating position. Still, the Evora looks like a racecar. A low, broad nose extends far beyond the front wheels, while the rears sit comparatively closer to the rear bumper. In back, a spoiler joins the taillights, though it's far smaller than the Exige's massive wing.

The mid-mounted engine, located behind the backseat, sends exhaust out two central pipes directly below the license plate. The Evora's rear wheels measure 19 inches in diameter and wear Pirelli P-Zero high-performance P255/35ZR19 tires. The front wheels measure 18 inches and wear P225/40ZR18 P-Zeros.

In contrast to the sparse cabins in the Exige and Elise, the Evora's cabin offers a leather-covered dashboard with genuine aluminum accents. Front and center is an Alpine 7-inch touch-screen, which controls the iPod-compatible stereo, navigation system and optional backup camera. A full-leather interior, with cowhide spanning more surfaces, is optional. Luxury shoppers should note, however, that the Evora is no Mercedes SL or Jaguar XK: Heated power seats and automatic climate control are unavailable, as those features would add weight and diminish the Evora's performance, Lotus says.

The automaker says the Evora's front seats can accommodate two 6-foot-6-inch adults, and the 5.7-cubic-foot trunk can hold a full set of golf clubs. The rear seats, however, are intended for kids.

Under the Hood
Technically behind the backseat rather than under the hood, the Evora's 3.5-liter V-6 engine comes from Toyota. It makes 276 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm. The sole transmission is a six-speed manual.

Lotus says the Evora hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 162 mph. As to be expected of a car significantly larger than the Exige or Elise, the Evora uses hydraulic power steering — neither sibling has power steering at all — and its front disc brakes measure a relatively massive 13.8 inches in diameter. The rear discs are 13.1 inches.

Antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system come standard.

Consumer Reviews


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my dream car

by the.prophecy from allen texas on June 12, 2017

the best in comfort very fast great mileage just over all a great car just needed a few fixes as far as tires go but that's it mainly

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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