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Lotus Reveals Evora S and Evora IPS Before Paris Debut

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On: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Reveals Evora S and Evora IPS Before Paris Debut

We may not have any idea what Lotus' upcoming Esprit-replacing supercar will look like, but thanks to an early introduction, we have all of the info on two other cars that Lotus plans to debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show: the Evora S and Evora IPS. The "S" stands for supercharged and the "IPS" for "Intelligence Performance Shift." The two new cars deliver some extra performance to the already spritely, agile Evora.

The Evora S adds a supercharger to the Evora's standard Toyota 3.5-liter V6 engine, providing a leap in power from 276 hp to 345 hp. Torque jumps from 258 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft. Other mechanical upgrades include tuned suspension, a Sport button for controlling throttle response and a large, center-mounted exhaust.

The upgrade in output translates into added performance, with the Evora S beating the standard Evora to 60 mph by .3 seconds and adding 10 mph to the top end. The 0 to 60 mph time is 4.6 seconds and the top speed is 172 mph.

Along with the new exhaust, visual alterations include a new rear diffuser and bigger cross-drilled disc brakes. The new rear-end provides a beefy look that gives the car a more powerful demeanor to match its upgraded specs.

The Evora IPS extends the Evora line to automatic transmission loyalists (if there is such a thing), adding a six-speed automatic transmission to the standard 276-hp V6. Drivers that want the extra feel can toggle between the automatic and a manual mode featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Like the S model, the IPS gets a Sport mode that delivers quicker shift times and increased response.

While the IPS model is aimed at broadening the appeal of the Evora, it will cut its appeal with performance obsessives, raising the Evora's 0 to 60 mph time to 5.3 seconds and lowering its top speed to 155 mph.

Both models will make their debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, with sales beginning shortly thereafter. Lotus has not yet offered pricing information.

In addition to the two new Evora models, Lotus plans to show four concepts, which include the aforementioned range-topping supercar. The other concepts are expected to include two GT models and a roadster. Lotus will use the concepts to outline a new direction up market.

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