2016 Lotus Evora Redesign, Release Date, Specs and Review

Lotus has confirmed that the 2016 Lotus Evora will receive major updates and will be ready to launch in 2015 as 2016 model year. The flagship car has been in hiatus for the 2015 model year due to the company’s smart-airbag exemption for the car expiring. Expect the updated car to bring even more exciting features, new design styling and more power.

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The information was revealed by Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales in a recent interview with Autocar. Gales, whose previous roles included running French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroën, said the updated Evora will feature changes inside and out, and benefit from about 15 percent more power and an equal percentage weight loss. The current Evora weighs about 3,170 pounds and delivers 276 horsepower as standard and 345 hp in supercharged Evora S trim.

There will be additional variants too, though none of these have been confirmed yet. Some possibilities are a track-focused variant along the lines of the previous Evora Cup race car, as well as a convertible.

Exterior

For now, the company plans to rely on its existing vehicle architecture with the provision to make significant modifications to the platform including altered wheelbases. Styling probably won’t change dramatically either, although it could get some updates to freshen the look.

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Interior

This same chassis malleability will benefit interior space and comfort too. Gales wants all Lotuses, including the Evora, to be easier to get in and out of. A comprehensively updated interior is also in the works. Lotuses aren’t exactly known for lavish interiors, but expect more leather, and updated instruments and infotainment.

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Powertrain

Power will continue to come from a Toyota sourced V-6 that, like the current Evora, will include a range-topping, go-fast, supercharged option. Right now the most powerful Evora produces 345 horsepower. Gales confirmed the next one will have more power, but wouldn’t be pressed into saying how much. “There will be nothing faster on-track than these cars—and nothing more fun.”

Safety

Crucially, the updated Evora is expected to fully comply with federal safety requirements, and this bodes well for the return of Lotus’ other nameplates such as the Elise and Exige. Note, since the current Evora doesn’t comply with the safety requirements and a previous exemption granted for the car now expired, Lotus will be skipping the 2015 model year for the car. It says it has enough supply of 2014 models to keep up with demand until the updated 2016 model arrives, however.

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Release Date and Price

AutoCar reports that the 2016 Lotus Evora will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Lotus hasn’t announced its official pricing yet, but we expect that the pricing will start from $78,000 for the base model. Keep coming back here for future updates.

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