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Lotus Evora To Get Fast-Tracked Makeover

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On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 7:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Evora To Get Fast-Tracked Makeover

With six new concept cars previewing production models presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Lotus already had its hands full. But new reports indicate that the carmaker may have one more project, and it's taking precedence over the other cars. According to Autocar, Lotus has fast-tracked a new Evora, which will get a more hardened look with angular nose. The new Evora is expected to launch this year, preceding the raft of new models that will debut starting in 2013.

Lotus' Evora makeover comes in part to satisfy internal minds that believe the current design is too weak, and in part to get the look more in line with its new family of models. Lotus design chief Donato Coco explained: "Even many economy cars look more aggressive. The new treatment has a long heritage, too, he says, appearing first on the Lotus 18 single-seater at the beginning of the 1960s."

In addition to its sharper looks, the new Evora will reportedly get an upgraded interior with a higher level of standard equipment and higher quality appointments and accents. There's no indication of whether or not there will be any engine upgrading or performance modifications to the new Evora, so for now we'll assume that Lotus will stick to the Toyota V6 engine. But if Lotus decides to start building its own engines, all bets are off.

The fuzzy picture above is a leaked photo that gives you an idea what the revised Evora will look like. What do you think of the new styling? I think that Lotus succeeds in making the Evora look a little meaner and more powerful. I'd be surprised if the headlights don't get narrowed out a little for the production version, following in suit of each of Lotus' sporty Paris concepts.


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