It combines strong performance with wonderful agility and a surprisingly comfortable ride.
The gearshift and rear visibility are awful, and interior quality isn’t good enough.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Lotus offers standard and supercharged S versions of a 3.5-litre V6 engine. As you’d expect, the S provides extra low-down muscle, but the standard car still performs strongly. A sport button, which is standard on the S and an option on the standard car, lets you sharpen the throttle response and increase the rev limit.
Ride & Handling
The Evora feels light and agile, changing direction with seemingly no inertia, while the steering provides loads of feedback and the ride is more comfortable than many a family car’s. True, some rivals offer more front-end grip, and the Evora can follow imperfections in the road surface, but it’s still a joy to drive on challenging roads.
The engines sound good when you work them, but they’re rattly at lower speeds, and you hear quite a bit of road noise on the motorway. The stiff and notchy manual gearbox can also get on your nerves, and while Lotus offers an automatic ’box as an option, it doesn’t suit the Evora’s character.