The U.S. market is going to get an entry-level, detuned version of the Lotus Evora.
With the Lotus Evora scheduled to be relaunched in the U.S. starting this May, the British automaker will offer a model without a supercharger in order to meet emissions requirements. The Lotus Evora is powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 with 400 horsepower, and instead of going with a turbocharged four-cylinder mill, Lotus will simply offer a naturally aspirated variant of he V6 that will be cheaper and less powerful.
The move necessary to improve fuel economy because regulations say Lotus must show a three percent-per-year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions over a five-year period.
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Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales doesn’t believe a four-cylinder fits with the Evora and will follow in the footsteps of McLaren by using an engine that already fits into the car. The McLaren 570S uses the same V8 engine found in the 650S, but has been detuned for improved fuel economy. Gales also ruled out the prospect of hybrid powertrains for Lotus models.
In related news, the company will start selling the entry Elise two-seater sports car in the U.S. again, but only when the all-new car comes after 2020. According to Gales, the company has received 250 orders for the new Evora and Lotus plans to sell 400 units annually in the U.S. A roadster version of the Evora will join the lineup in 2017.
[Source: Automotive News]
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