Shortly after the Malaysian launch of the Evora, we are now told Lotus will be showcasing two new variants.
Say hello to the Evora S and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift).
Lotus has taken the award-winning Evora and re-created it with a 350hp 3.5l V6 engine to create the Evora S.
Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: "You don't realise what you are missing from your driving experience until you get behind the wheel of the Evora S." So apart from the obvious power difference, how is the Evora S different from the standard Evora?
"It's the next level of Evora experience. It communicates with you better, the suspension setting has been fine tuned for added power and control so it responds even more to direction.
"We were proud of the Evora but we're even prouder of the Evora S. I feel like it does the true Lotus experience justice. The really great thing is that as we move forward, the standard Evora should also benefit from some of these developments."
The Evora S comes with a sport pack as standard featuring a ‘sport' button which allows the driver to control throttle response and activate the exhaust by-pass valve.
The sport button also raises the instantaneous rev limit and changes the dynamic stability control settings resulting in a total experience change.
There are cross-drilled brakes for improved cooling. And here's a heads-up for those who buy into the old adage ‘you can tell the men from the boys by the size of their toys': the external emotion of the Evora S has been improved with a completely new active exhaust which means that at the push of a button the car sounds just as dramatic as it feels.
Commenting on the Evora S, Lotus chief commercial officer Andreas Prillmann said: "The Evora S is a natural progression for us but more than that, it's a taste of what people can come to expect from the next generation of Lotus cars. It retains core Lotus values such as performance through lightweight but it also gives more than that. It's the perfect combination of top performance, style and comfort. Form doesn't sacrifice function in the case of the Evora S."
The IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) option sees an automatic 6-speed gearbox with Lotus developed transmission control with a 3.5 l V6 engine delivering 280hp, assuring a superior automatic driving experience.
The IPS version of the Evora allows the driver to switch between manual paddle shift and automatic drive modes.
The driver also has the option of selecting ‘sport' mode which showcases the Lotus sporty driving experience, allowing the driver to really feel each gear shift and be in complete control of the transmission.
Commenting on the development Bahar said: "The IPS is set to broaden the appeal of the Evora and reach out to a slightly different market. We hope it will be popular with established automatic locations such as Asia, the Middle East and the United States.
"It's been a long time since Lotus created an automatic and we've spent a great deal of time refining this one to make sure that it perfectly complements the Evora drive experience."
The two models will share the limelight at the Paris Motor Show on Sept 30.