Now however, the Evora is back for 2016 (in new Evora 400 guise) and it’s bringing an even more affordable sibling, according to a new report from Automotive News.
According to an interview with company CEO Jean-Marc Gales, a detuned entry-level Evora will soon be bound for US shores. The main reason? To increase fuel economy.
“Over a five-year period in the U.S. we have to show a three percent per year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” Gales told Automotive News. “One option is remove the supercharger.”
The current Lotus Evora readies a supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6. Gales told the paper removing the supercharger would be a much better option than replacing the V6 for a downsized four-cylinder. “We’ll do what McLaren does with the 570S by fitting an engine that already fits into the car,” Gales notes. A hybrid variant is said to be off the table.
Further, the addition of an entry-level Lotus Evora could put the company in a much more competitive market space in the US. Whereas the supercharged Evora 400 asks $89,900 for entry, a naturally aspirated version would undercut that price point and perhaps better align with sports car rivals like the $84,600 Porsche Cayman GT4 and $79,400 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Best of all, a next-generation Elise is said to be headed to US shores by 2020. It all points to a positive direction for Lotus in the US, and the British outfit will certainly be one to watch over the next few years.