Lotus has certainly had its ups & downs over the years. Started and run by the legendary Colin Chapman, Lotus has always done its own thing – not always successfully, it has to be said.
But the last few years has been something of a renaissance for Lotus, with the extremely able and agile Elise and its siblings selling well. And quite rightly – they are true to the Elan heritage of the ’60s, and provide exciting performance for a sensible budget.
Back in the Summer, Lotus announced a new model – The Evora. A mid-engined 2+2 with a heavily sorted Toyota V6, promising sub 5 seconds 0-60 and a top speed of 160mph+, the Evora looked spectacular, and promised huge performance at a relatively modest cost, in both financial terms and in terms of emissions. And it seems that promise has translated in to a spectacular list of ‘Star’ orders for the Hethel based Company.
A pretty good indication of the car’s likely ability is the inclusion on the waiting list of TG presenters Hammond & May. But the list doesn’t stop there – oh, no! A brace of Bonds (Messrs Daniel & Brosnan); a trio of modern songbirds (J-Lo, Beyonce Knowles & Kelly Rowland); a smattering of Hollywood Royalty (George Clooney & Kevin Spacey) plus the obvious petrol-heads like JK and Jodie Kidd. And lets not forget the King of Cool(!) Boris the Mayor.
So it looks pretty certain that the Evora is going to be the car of next year.
I’d have one.