Lotus has plans to improve both the Elise and Evora with a list of 150 items. Improvements are centered around the Evora, and are designed to boost dwindling sales and bridge the styling gap between the current car and the next wave of Lotus’ due 2013.
Changes include improved gearchange quality, throttle response and exhaust note. Furthermore, improving the general build quality of the car is of concern. Lotus is aiming to be on par with Porsche quality standards, says boss Dany Bahar.
A styling overhaul is also planned for the 2012 Evora model. Lotus’s ex-Ferrari design boss, Donato Coco has complained the present Evora’s front end is “too weak” for a modern sports car. “Even many economy cars look more aggressive,” he says.
Coco went on to explain the importance of motorsport being the brand’s central appeal, which is why the company is competing across so many categories.