Upcoming Lotus Evora Cabrio will be a two seater

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The Lotus Evora, which is a 2+2, is going to see some changes as the carmaker is intent in converting it into a two-seater only for a convertible variant which could be released by 2012.

The carmaker is preparing for the release of the standard Evora, although plans are on the way to expand the range via transmission, powerplant and roofing options by the year 2012.

A Lotus-developed paddle-shift transmission will be the first range-expansion to arrive, which is set for 2010. This will provide the Evora a competitive edge against all the versions of the Porsche Cayman, its primary competitor.

Supercharged versions of the Evora are set to launch within two years with at least two levels of tuning offered, with the top of the line model getting in excess of 350bhp on tap. Moreover, the carmaker is rumored to be creating versions for motorsports, following the steps of the extreme Exiges which are presently available on the market.

The Evora with the drop-top version will be available by the latter part of 2012. The struggle of Lotus to include the electric retractable top which expected in this class, but should not compromise lightweightness and chassis rigidity, has been tough, although by following the Evora's stowage design, where the roof is stored in the latter's rear seat, the struggle would be won.

The designer of the Evora, Steve Crijns said that the car will most likely come with a soft-top instead of a hard one since the latter would be quite heavy and too intricate, therefore will have no part in a sports car and in Lotus key value of lightweight ride.

The roof will get to the front of the powerplant, where the rear seats are currently, while the remainder of the car has been so designed so as to accommodate the system without any major revisions. It's going to be a tough job, Crijns said.

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