2012 Lotus Evora

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$66,100

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2012 Lotus Evora

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

4 trims

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Our 2012 Lotus Evora trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

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

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 classy. Also, no one cares when a 911 passes by as it's the 10th one they've seen that day. With an Evora, you see one every couple of years and you don't need to be an enthusiast to know that this is one badass car. She's beautiful! These cars are semi-expensive to maintain though so if you can't afford the car, you probably can't afford to keep it running.

4.4

fast and handling

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!

5.0

Whoah I LOVE This Car!

I got this car for my 16th cakeday and I love it thanks mom and dad the car is very fast and all my friends love it they are so JEALOUS!!

See all 3 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/unlimited distance
Corrosion
96 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
36 months/unlimited distance

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