2012 Lotus Evora

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Lotus Evora. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance heritage
  • Less sparse cabin than Exige or Elise
  • Available backseat, usable trunk
  • Handling potential

The Bad

  • Cockpit still difficult to enter/exit

Notable Features of the 2012 Lotus Evora

  • Only U.S. Lotus for 2012
  • Seats up to four
  • Mid-engine layout
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Supercharged S model
  • Six-speed manual or automatic

2012 Lotus Evora Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Lotus Exige and Elise two-seaters are no longer offered in the U.S., leaving the mid-engine Evora as the only Lotus for the 2012 model year. In contrast to the high-revving four-cylinder engines used in the Elise, the Evora has a Toyota 3.5-liter V-6. Larger, heavier and more expensive than the Elise, the Evora roughly competes in price and performance with the Porsche 911. The Evora is Lotus' first modern attempt at a daily driver, with options such as a two-passenger backseat and a navigation system.

New for 2012
A Pioneer navigation and audio system is a new option, and it has voice guidance in 18 languages. A new exhaust system increases the exhaust volume above 4,700 rpm, and an available Sport button keeps the exhaust in its freer-flowing mode. Additionally, 2012 Evoras have a standard close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

Exterior
Though it bears a passing resemblance to the Exige and Elise, the Evora two-door coupe weighs about 3,000 pounds, which is roughly 1,000 pounds more than the Exige or Elise. Lotus says the car was designed to be a better daily driver than those two cars, with larger doors, narrower doorsills 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 rear wheels sit comparatively closer to the rear bumper. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels in front; 19-inch wheels in back
  • Seven available wheel designs
  • Standard bi-...
Vehicle Overview

The Lotus Exige and Elise two-seaters are no longer offered in the U.S., leaving the mid-engine Evora as the only Lotus for the 2012 model year. In contrast to the high-revving four-cylinder engines used in the Elise, the Evora has a Toyota 3.5-liter V-6. Larger, heavier and more expensive than the Elise, the Evora roughly competes in price and performance with the Porsche 911. The Evora is Lotus' first modern attempt at a daily driver, with options such as a two-passenger backseat and a navigation system.

New for 2012
A Pioneer navigation and audio system is a new option, and it has voice guidance in 18 languages. A new exhaust system increases the exhaust volume above 4,700 rpm, and an available Sport button keeps the exhaust in its freer-flowing mode. Additionally, 2012 Evoras have a standard close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

Exterior
Though it bears a passing resemblance to the Exige and Elise, the Evora two-door coupe weighs about 3,000 pounds, which is roughly 1,000 pounds more than the Exige or Elise. Lotus says the car was designed to be a better daily driver than those two cars, with larger doors, narrower doorsills 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 rear wheels sit comparatively closer to the rear bumper. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels in front; 19-inch wheels in back
  • Seven available wheel designs
  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Lightweight aluminum chassis and aluminum and composite body

Interior
In contrast to the sparse cabin in the Elise, the Evora's cabin offers a leather-covered dashboard with genuine aluminum accents. 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 optional rear seats, however, are intended for kids. Interior features include:

  • Optional rear seats
  • Optional premium leather interior
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
Mounted behind the backseat rather than under the hood, the Evora's 3.5-liter V-6 engine comes from Toyota. It makes 276 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque in the base Evora. A supercharged version in the Evora S is rated at 345 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines come with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional. Mechanical features include:

  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel-independent suspension
  • 276-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (Evora)
  • 345-hp, supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 (Evora S)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

There should be more Evora's than 911's out there

by chitownms3 from Chicago, IL on May 3, 2018

If you are actually able to test drive this car back to back against the 911, no way you choose the 911. The handling is impeccable. The brakes are incredibly strong and the interior is simple and ... Read full review

(4.0)

fast and handling

by zoomie from seattle, wa on December 17, 2012

so fun, so fast, handles seemingly by moving your head to turn. always amazd when i drive it. only a hot porche can compare. just try to find this ability anywhere for the price. value! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lotus Evora currently has 0 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Evora received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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