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Post  A7ESK on Fri May 08, 2009 7:21 pm

Convertible and supercharged versions of the Evora due by 2012

Lotus will launch a new supercharged version of the Evora within two years, and will sacrifice the rear seats to create a new convertible version.
The supercharged Evora will get at least 350bhp in the top-spec models, but a lower powered variant will also be developed to sit between the range topper and current 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 model.

In addition to the new sportier Evora, Hethelís latest 2+2 coupe will also acquire a paddle-shift transmission before the end of 2010 providing an even closer match to its nearest rival, the Porsche Cayman. The company is also likely to launch a motorsport version to underline the companyís core principal of lightweight performance.

The addition of an electric folding roof will see the rear seats disappear on the Evora convertible, that is currently due to arrive in 2012. But despite the added complexity and reduced structural rigidity, Lotus still believes the drop-top Evora will satisfy the companyís key objectives of producing a lightweight and great handling car. For that reason the roof is likely to be made of fabric, and will be stored in front of the engine to limit the affect it has on the carís weight distribution.

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Post  Trigger on Sat May 09, 2009 1:27 am

MMMMM ... must say after seeing and having a sit around inside the Evora model at Donington I have had a falling in love feeling with this new Lotus and to be tempted with a supercharged version to come and even a convertable I really hope I win the lottery by 2012 lol or by 20 years time will be able to afford an old one Crying or Very sad

Nice to hear plans for the Evora are moving forward and not being halted due to the hard times. Very Happy

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