The more muscular Lotus Evora S has been spotted testing near the Nürburgring, and we can confirm that it will be making its debut at the Paris motor show in September 2010. Our spy shots reveal the new Evora S in seemingly undisguised form.
An automatic version of the Evora, aimed squarely at buyers in the States, will also be shown at Paris. It's the first signal that Lotus is expanding the Evora range from the single model at launch, which has won plaudits aplenty, including CAR Magazine's own Performance Car of the Year gong 2009.
Lotus Evora S: the details
Providing the power to the Evora S will be the same Toyota 3.5-litre V6 as found in the cooking model; however, a supercharger has been added which is expected to produce upwards of 350bhp – a significant increase over the standard car's 276bhp. Top speed should be in excess of 170mph, with 0-62mph coming in less than five seconds.
It'll be no slouch, then. The basic Evora has always impressed us with its sublime chassis, so the new power lift should suit the Evora's character to a tee.
From what we can see, there don't appear to be too many exterior changes over the base Evora, save for a hefty rear diffuser which hints at the extra performance on tap.
The Lotus Evora S will be featured at Paris alongside Hethel's new supercar concept. The French show is a major event for the Norfolk company. Under new management and a raft of ex-Ferrari people installed at the top, Lotus wants to spell out its future plans to the world in Paris.