Lotus unveils hot Evora S

Lotus will reveal the new, faster Evora S at the Paris Motor Show next month. The British company will also unveil an automatic version of the Evora, which is something of an unusual move for a manufacturer of 'pure' sports cars.

The Evora S is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds (compared to 5.1 seconds for the standard car) and its top speed is 172mph.

It's 3.5-litre, Toyota-sourced engine is mounted in the middle of the car and develops 345bhp, while emitting 235g/km of CO2.

The automatic gearbox is a six-speed unit, which Lotus calls 'Intelligent Precision Shift' (IPS). It's available on the standard Evora and has wheel-mounted paddles so drivers can change gear manually, too. Lotus expects to sell the most automatic Evoras in Asia, the Middle East and the US.

Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said of the Evora S: "We were proud of the Evora but we're even prouder of the Evora S. You don't realise what you were missing from your driving experience until you get behind the wheel of the Evora S."

The two new Evoras will be a sideshow to the main event in Paris - the launch of a Lotus supercar. The newcomer, which is expected be a replacement for the Esprit, will be based on an all-new chassis.

The car is the next phase in the firm's plan to return to profitability after years of loss making for Malaysian owner Proton.

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