Lotus Evora 2+0
I have a problem with the Lotus Evora; I just hate the way it looks. The rear of the car is not aggressive enough and the front of the car looks cross-eyed, in a way that could only be achieved by sucking a lemon whilst staring at the sun.
Then, there's the point to this car - I simply do not get it. It sits in between the Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige yet delivers nothing apart from middle of the road power. Inside it isn't any different quality wise than the Elise or Exige and it's over £50,000. 50k for a car that looks dreadful. Point of note: The 2+0 refers to the two front seats + 0 seats in the rear, which have been replaced with a storage shelf.
Out on the road things aren't much better either. Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower @ 6,400 RPM it's nowhere near as quick as its rival the Porsche Cayman R 3.4, which will go 11mph faster. How Lotus only managed to get 276 horsepower from a 3.5-litre V6 I'll never know.
A short while ago Lotus updated the Evora with a new gearbox to combat early reviews of stickiness during the change, but it's a loud gearbox that spoils the best part of this car; refinement.
At higher speeds the Evora is quieter than an Elise and quieter than an Exige. That makes it a better cruiser. If you spend time on the motorway this would be a better car for you, although its refinement is still not close to the Porsche Cayman R, which seems to have sound proofing at least twice as thick and a gearbox developed for 2013, not 1990.
The seats are good though. And the driving position is excellent. If you are thinking about jumping to a Lotus Evora from, say, a hot hatch then you'll appreciate most of what the Lotus offers. If you've ever been graced enough to drive a Porsche, though, you'll likely be disappointed.
So, the Lotus Evora 2+0 - It's an expensive way of not going very fast, and an expensive way of not really enjoying a drive. Instead, I'm in the rare position where I agree that the Porsche Cayman R 3.4 litres PDK is a much better car that will put a much bigger smile on your face.