The Louts Evora S is a car that doesn’t receive enough attention. Weighing 3,100 lbs with a 345 horsepower supercharged V6 engine supplied by Toyota, this car has the grunt to keep with with any Porsche Cayman and many Porsche 911s. And while both Porsche’s provide a sporting ride, the Lotus takes sport driving to the next level. The expertly tuned chassis transmits any undulation of the road through the steering wheel. It’s light footed, and agile direction changes make it a joy to drive on back roads.
Unlike the more track minded Lotus Exige, the Evora and Evora S are cars meant to be more road minded – less track work, more brisk Sunday drives. It’s optional two rear seats, included in the car listed here on eBay mean that you might just be able to cram the kids in the back too. If nothing else, it’s an option that could convince your S.O. that this car is almost sort of practical.
The Evora S promises a dependable engine, and a consistently thrilling and engaging driving experience even at normal road speeds. It’s all the car anyone could ever reasonably need, with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of about 170 mph.
The downside to buying a Lotus is that you miss out on the quality and luxurious feel available from competing cars like the Porsche Cayman, the Audi TT S, and the BMW 1M. Go on any Lotus forum and you’ll quickly realize that buying a Lotus means sacrificing some things one could otherwise reasonably expect from a European sports car.
Body panels not fitting properly, or even cracking have been reported. Many owners have complained that their Pioneer GPS unit malfunctions, and that the interior makes squeaking and rattling sounds at highway speeds. But these are the sacrifices some driving enthusiasts make willingly to enjoy the dynamism of the Evora S. That should tell you something about how good this car’s chassis is, and for $64,949 with 3,093 miles, a sexy black 2012 Evora S can be yours. Just be prepared for a few minor frustrations in between corner carving.