Lotus Evora GTE also coming to the European market

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 6, 2011

Instead of limiting sales of the Lotus Evora GTE in Asia, it will also be offered in Europe. Set to be displayed at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, this 440bhp vehicle takes inspiration from racing. The initial plan had been for this model to be a special limited edition of only 25 cars for buyers in China. However, the vehicle received a lot of positive feedback that made the company decide to expand its plans.

Dany Bahar, the chief of Group Lotus, said that there had been an “incredible” response, having sold out within days and receiving 114 orders.

He said that Lotus determined that the next logical step would be to raise output and extend its reach. The official unveiling of the Evora GTE took place last month at the Pebble Beach Coucours d’Elegance in California. Powering this vehicle is a 3.5-litre V6 Toyota engine coupled to a sequential AMT racing gearbox.

When compared to the standard Evora, the Evora GTE is lighter by 105kg due to the use of carbonfibre for the revised bodywork like the front and rear bumpers, rear wing and doors.

Lotus will also be displaying three other new models at the Frankfurt show. The Elise S is one of the three. It is the replacement for the discontinued Elise SC and is powered by a new 1.8-litre, 200bhp supercharged engine.

It offers more torque, a better throttle response and lower emissions rating than the outgoing model. Nothing much has been revealed about the other two cars. Lotus described one to be among its fastest road cars. The other is said to mark the return of Lotus to “another motorsport discipline.”

While designing the new Lotus Evora, the focus was to create a vehicle that would subscribe to automotive regulations around the world and a model from which versions could be further derived, including a convertible. The production of the new Lotus Evora will be done by hand in a new dedicated assembly line at the carmaker’s advanced manufacturing site at Hethel. Due to capacity restrictions, Lotus will only handcraft around 2,000 units of the Evora – which renders the new sports car as rare and exclusive collection.

Group Lotus plc chief executive Mike Kimberley, CEO described the new Lotus Evora as the biggest milestone that the sports car maker has attained since introducing the Elise 13 years ago. He noted that the Evora is part of Lotus’s five year strategic plan that entails the introduction of new cars and technologies to several markets around the world. Kimberley added that the new Evora personifies Lotus’ core values of performance through its reduced weight and efficiency.

He also quipped that the new Evora is proof that a mid-engine 2+2 sportscar could combine elegant design, remarkable performance, fuel efficiency and practicality while complying with global safety and homologation standards.

Kimberley remarked that Lotus will continue to research, develop and produce lighter and more efficient vehicles that would also feature the carmaker’s work in areas like future fuels, alternative engines and electric and hybrid solutions. He added that the new Evora is another example of the sports carmaker having taken significant steps in improving automotive efficiency and sustainability, thereby keeping the United Kingdom at the forefront of the auto industry.

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