According to company boss Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus will be launching a convertible version of the Evora 400 as well. Gales told Autocar that since, “the chassis is a tub, there’s no impact with the roof off.” However, the roof is removable, not power assisted. That might be an impediment to sales success in the US, where creature comforts are key.
According to Lotus, the roof consists of two pieces, each weighing about six pounds. That means every time you want to enjoy your Evora without the top, you have to remove both roof pieces and place them into the trunk. This seems a bit unwieldy, but from an engineering standpoint, is much easier to design for a four-seat convertible. What won’t change is the supercharged V6 engine that pumps out 400 horsepower—plenty for a car that weighs as little as the Evora.
Even with the roof off, and two heavier roof panels added, the company expects the open-top version of the Evora to still hit 60 miles per hour in just 4.1 seconds, and reach a top speed of 186 miles per hour. Additionally, Gales stated that the company is hard at work building both a new Elise and Exige for the US market, as well as the company’s first ever SUV.
While SUV’s are all the rage right now, especially luxury ones, building a Lotus SUV seems to fly in the face of the company’s mantra of lighter is better. We’ll hold off judgment though until we see the final product, but hopefully it will do for Lotus what the Cayenne did for Porsche.