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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 13th 2010
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 13, 2010 small torque Lotus Evora Price: $149,990 (2+2 $156,990) Engine: 3.5-litre V6 Power: 206kW at 6400 revs Torque: 350Nm at 4700 revs Transmission: Six-speed manual Fuel use: 8.7litres/100km If you like this, look at these: Porsche Cayman S --- Still the benchmark sportscar $157,300 Nissan GT-R --- Awesome grip but built for the track rather than the road $155,800 Audi TT RS --- All-wheel drive grip and powerful five-cylinder $133,700 Latest Lotus looks like it will If you want to get behind the wheel of the latest Lotus, you had better get moving, otherwise you ll find yourself in a very long queue. Neil McDonald explains PLANS: Lotus wants to attract more customers to the brand with the Evora. ONLY 40-odd lucky Australian buyers will get the chance to slide into Lotus's most ambitious new model in years, the Evora 2+2. Globally it will be the company's most desirable car, with just 2000 being built this year. Some cars already have names to them and Lotus Cars Australia general manager sales and marketing, Jonathan Stretton, says anyone ordering now will have a six-month wait. The newest Lotus, which flew by the codena- me of Project Eagle during its development, is the company's breakthrough car. Its brief is to go head-to-head against some fancied German rivals, particularly the bench- mark Porsche Cayman. Stretton wants the Evora to attract new customers to the brand. ''We're hoping to lure buyers across from other premium brands,'' he says. He says the car's small production number is a key component of the car's image. ''It is a low-volume car so it is something that will stand out from the crowd,'' he says. The cost of that exclusivity is $149,990 for the two-seater and $156,990 for the 2+2. The Evora's engine is a Japanese 3.5-litre V6 that will be familiar to Toyota Aurion drivers. However, Lotus has tweaked the V6 so it now pumps out 206kW/350Nm with the help of a re- mapped engine management system, a better flowing exhaust, a Lotus-designed racing fly- wheel and an AP Racing clutch. Unlike the Aurion, the car gets a six-speed manual gearbox from a UK-model Toyota Avensis diesel. A six-speed sequential automatic with paddle shifters is not due to arrive until later this year. Sourcing a well respected drivetrain has its advantages. The car's light weight and composite bonded body panels help deliver a combined fuel economy figure of 8.7 litres/100km from the V6. Even the flat bottom steering wheel is made from forged magnesium to reduce weight. As expected of a sportscar, the suspension uses lightweight forged double wishbone sus- pension, Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers tuned by Lotus. Engineers have also stuck with a hydraulically-assisted power steering setup in favour of *All offers available at Participating Proton dealers and while stocks last on new Proton vehicles ordered and delivered before 31 March 2010. *Prices are for S16 GX Manual, Savvy Manual, Jumbuck GLi, Satria Neo G Manual, Persona G Manual & Gen.2 G Manual. Free Metallic paint on Savvy is for the Tranquility Black Savvy Manual only. Metallic Paint $490 extra on all models. Proton reserves the right to change or extend these offers. Refer to www.proton.com.au for further details. DRIVE AWAY* $12,99 DRIVE AWAY* DRIVE AWAY* $1 ,99 Australia's Lowest Priced New Car , , , E d o odel u out i toc Now DRIVE AWAY* DRIVE AWAY* DRIVE AWAY* $11,99 DRIVE AWAY* A UA A UA A A A A A A > FREE Metallic Paint with Tranquility Black Savvy Manual ale o ow urry w ile stoc s last! www.proto .co .au R R R R R 2013820-07 CAPITOL MOTORS 453 Main Road, Glenorchy. 1300 885 076
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