Lotus to launch Evora convertible by 2011

Lotus to launch Evora convertible by 2011

Coming on the back of the full details released on the new Lotus Evora (read news item) are reports of a convertible version to follow within a couple of years.

While a fully retractable hard top may work well with the placement of Lotus’ first automatic transmission in the Evora, it would completely oppose the niche that Lotus has carved out for itself in lightweight construction. Instead, latest reports suggest that the top will simply be opened up with a classic targa-style fabric roof panel like on the smaller Elise, to offer the open-air experience with minimal weight and structural trade-off. But, naturally extra reinforcement of the chassis will be needed to cope with the open roof.

A supercharged version is also in the works with power bumped up from the standard model’s relatively modest 276 hp into the 350 to 400-hp range. In the meantime, the first 450 customers to order the Evora will be treated to the initial “launch edition” that comes packed with all the options: the Tech, Premium and Sport packages, 2+2 seating and either Ardent Red or British Racing Green colour options.

Coming on the back of the full details released on the new Lotus Evora (read news item) are reports of a convertible version to follow within a couple of years.

While a fully retractable hard top may work well with the placement of Lotus’ first automatic transmission in the Evora, it would completely oppose the niche that Lotus has carved out for itself in lightweight construction. Instead, latest reports suggest that the top will simply be opened up with a classic targa-style fabric roof panel like on the smaller Elise, to offer the open-air experience with minimal weight and structural trade-off. But, naturally extra reinforcement of the chassis will be needed to cope with the open roof.

A supercharged version is also in the works with power bumped up from the standard model’s relatively modest 276 hp into the 350 to 400-hp range. In the meantime, the first 450 customers to order the Evora will be treated to the initial “launch edition” that comes packed with all the options: the Tech, Premium and Sport packages, 2+2 seating and either Ardent Red or British Racing Green colour options.

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