Report – Lotus looking to introduce base Evora version for the US market image

According to a report that quoted Lotus chief executive officer Jean-Marc Gales, the British sports car manufacturer has the intention to produce an entry-level Evora to be used for the US market.

During a recent interview, the manager commented the carmaker is on the verge of creating a base model that would comply with emissions requirements. “Over a five-year period, in the U.S., we have to show a three percent per year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” said Gales. In order to fit the regulatory frame, the manufacturer will most likely deliver the Evora with a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine as the executive doesn’t think the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine would be a good fit. There are no details on the base model other what we told you so far.

But in any case, the recently introduced Evora 400 comes with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 which churns out 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and will go flat out until it hits the 186 mph top speed. The regular Evora had a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine but until now there’s no word if that model would be kept or if it will be ported as the tipped base-level Evora. If it becomes the new entry-level, it can be expected to sport around 276 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Gales also announced the company would bring the Elise back to the US market – but that will only happen after the generational change, expected around 2020.

Via Automotive News