Like the Elise, the Evora relies on Toyota for the contents of its engine bay but unlike the zingy 1.8-litre VVT-i engine in the impish roadster, the Evora's engine is a 3.5-litre V6 that has previously seen service in the Lexus RX350 luxury 4x4. It's not the kind of powerplant you'd instantly associate with Lotus but this unit has in recent times been thoroughly revised to give it the edge that Evora customers will be looking for. It's available in three states of tune with a choice of 400, 410 or 430bhp outputs from the three models available, the Evora 400, the Evora Sport 410 and the Evora GT430. Even the entry-level version makes 60mph from rest in just 4.1s, while the 'Sport 410' derivative improves that to 3.9s. The flagship Evora GT430' is the brand's most powerful and accomplished road car to date, dispatching 60mph in just 3.7s en route to 190mph. Cornering is even more astonishing, thanks to up to 250kg of downforce generated through advanced aerodynamics.
This being a Lotus, you can expect a finely honed chassis with real agility, Lotus having benchmarked its own Elise as the standard for the car's handling dynamics. The braking and suspension systems draw on the know-how of some of the biggest names in motorsport, with the Bosch brakes using four-pot callipers from AP Racing, the suspension springs supplied by Eibach and dampers from Bilstein. The Evora rides on purpose-designed Yokohama tyres and Bosch was also involved in the creation of special ABS and traction control systems that allow the Evora's performance capabilities to shine through without intervening too early.