Settling into the seat of the new Lotus Evora, I was suddenly struck with a sense that I'd been there before, a sensation triggered by all things, the smell. There was this epoxy-like odor that is familiar to anyone who's ever driven a Lotus Esprit. Adding to the familiar sense is the layout of the car, which is similar to the /, but much more accommodating thanks to the wider and longer cabin.
Like the Elise, the Evora has a light, fun-to-drive feel and the torquey V-6 gives this latest plenty of punch off the line. The 6-speed manual action and clutch take-up are spot on as is the communicative electrically boosted steering. The carbon fiber backed sport seats are also extremely comfortable and supportive and unlike most Euro sports seats of similar construction, feature an adjustable seatback rake. While Lotus fitted two vestigal rear jumpseats, this is, for all intents and purposes a pure two-seater.
While the dynamics stand out, there are still plenty of nits to pick with the Evora–our test car's air conditioning was all but non-existent, the controls, especially involving the radio, are too fiddly and the footwells have way too much wheel well intrusion and therefore lacks a proper dead pedal. Still, the Evora is a most welcome addition to the roster of sports cars demonstrating that the species is far from endangered.