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2020 Lotus Evora Overview
Some people might look at the 2020 Lotus Evora and call it old fashioned. Lotus fans, on the other hand, would call it a driver’s car refreshingly devoid of the electronics that wedge themselves between man and machine in today’s performance cars. Now called the Evora GT, this mildly tweaked version of the Evora replaces the old Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410, adding more power while still bringing the same raw, uncompromised driving experience.
The engine in the Evora remains a 3.5-liter V6 of humble Toyota Camry origins, but given an Edelbrock supercharger for more power. The Evora GT makes 416 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Lotus also claims more downforce in this model (141 pounds total), thanks to a new front lip and exit ducts above the wheel arches. A 6-speed manual comes standard but a 6-speed automatic is available. What probably will be a popular option is the $8,000 titanium exhaust, which saves 22 pounds of weight and makes a better sound.
The 0-60 mph sprint takes 3.8 seconds and the Evora GT will reach 188 mph. There are faster cars, especially in the Evora’s price bracket, but a Lotus has always been more about the driving experience than the numbers on paper. It rides on Lotus' trademark bonded aluminum chassis and comes standard with Eibach springs, Bilstein dampers, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which all factor into this car being a flat-cornering canyon carver. The Evora GT wears a carbon composite for many of its body panels, but an available Carbon Pack adds more carbon fiber for the roof panel and other components for a weight savings of 49 pounds.
The inside of the 2020 Evora isn’t quite as spartan as a full-blown race car, but it’s about as close as one can get in this day and age. There is an Alpine stereo, as well as air conditioning and a small 7.0-inch infotainment screen, but otherwise, it’s all about the business of driving. Drivers get a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum shifter, and clear analog gauges. The Evora GT is available in 2+2 or two-seat configurations.
Lotus, having gone under new ownership in 2017 and having just released its ambitious Evija electric hypercar, is sticking to its roots with the driver-focused Evora. But it is likely to remain a niche model for the British carmaker. The Evora isn’t cheap. The upcoming C8 Corvette will do more for less money, and Porsche’s Cayman GT4 is an obvious alternative for track-focused buyers. That said, the Evora is one of the few cars remaining that puts driving ahead of almost everything else, and it deserves a lot of credit for that.
Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.
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