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New cars: 2010 Lotus Evora

What the critics say about the $74,675 Lotus Evora

Motor Trend
Take a spin in the Evora “and you’ll swear the car should be renamed Euphoria.” Billed by Lotus as the world’s only four-seat mid-engine sports car, the Lotus has a new design that features an “ultra-stiff” structure of bonded and riveted aluminum as well as an eye-catching exterior that “oozes glamour and romance.” A modified 276-hp Toyota V6 engine and six-speed gearbox make this both an “intense hill climber and pleasant highway cruiser.”

Road & Track
The Evora is one of the few exotic, high-performance sports cars designed “for the consumer without a Swiss bank account.” Driving enthusiasts should appreciate its impeccable handling, “incredible balance, laser-precise steering, and ample braking capacity.” But the Evora also has a chic, surprisingly roomy interior, making this the type of car you can actually imagine driving regularly. “The Evora has genuine character, and lots of it.”

Auto Express
The first all-new Lotus in 13 years, the Evora “has been well worth the wait.” Crafted with an eye on comfort, the leather-and-metal cabin is built around a “driver-focused layout.” Still, the 2+2 model has cramped back seats that are only “suitable for small children.” Instead consider the entry-level 2+0 version, which at least provides a shelf “large enough to store a couple of squashy bags.”

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