posted on October 29, 2020

The exotic car experience for everyday driving joy

When an automaker produces an instant hit right out of the box, the second act has a lot to live up to. In the case of Lotus, the Elise has long been a fan favorite, with its extreme weight-saving measures and pursuit of the ultimate driving experience. Rather than build another bare-bones sports car, Lotus took a different approach when the Norfolk manufacturer released its next round of performance for US consumption. That’s why we’re celebrating Turo host Sheel’s 2010 Evora as our car of the month for October 2020.

2010 Lotus Evora

3.5L V6276 hp4.9 sec162 mph21 mpg$399
3.5L V6276 hp4.9

Right off the bat, the Evora’s bright yellow paintwork stops you in your tracks. Equally as eye-catching are the exotic mid-engined sports car proportions — the low roofline, wide stance, and sleek bodywork are quick indicators of the Evora’s sporting credentials. However, the extended wheelbase and rear quarter windows hint that the Evora is a different type of Lotus.

In an era where sports cars have to do more than clock a fast lap time, the Evora adds a welcome dose of daily driver utility. Open the doors to the interior and you’ll be surprised to see the Evora features a 2+2 seating arrangement, which is especially unique for a mid-engined sports car. Up front though, passengers in Sheel’s Evora will enjoy the comfortable and supportive Recaro Sportster CS bucket seats wrapped in equally as classy black leather upholstery.

The Evora adds other dashes of comfort and convenience in the form cruise control, a navigation display, and extended leather on the dash. There’s even ample space for a weekend’s worth of luggage under the rear decklid. The Evora is still a Lotus after all, which means the real charm is in the details that you don’t see.

Powering the Evora is a Toyota-sourced 3.5L V6 rated at 276 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mounted transversely in the middle like a proper exotic. With just 3,000 pounds to haul around, the Lotus is without a doubt light on its feet. Sporting a six-speed manual transmission, Sheel’s Evora is ready to run through the gears and as you listen to the engine growl its way to redline. Ensuring the power makes its way to the road, the Evora comes equipped with a staggered wheel and tire setup.

Hiding underneath the bright bodywork is another Lotus badge of engineering excellence. At each corner of the Evora is the double wishbone suspension which is a key ingredient in the world-famous Lotus handling recipe. Considering the performance-oriented nature of the suspension, the Evora’s Bilstein shocks paired with Eibach springs provide surprisingly good ride quality, which is much appreciated when the pavement becomes less than ideal. It should come as no surprise then that Evora’s brakes are just as impressive with four-pot AP Racing calipers ready to confidently bring the Lotus to a halt at the touch of the brake pedal.

Many mid-engined exotics come with compromises, but the Evora proves that doesn’t have to be the case. A durable powertrain and superb chassis dynamics make a strong case that the Evora is more than just the sum of its components. Not only is it a pedigree sports car, the Evora also packs the road manners and practicality for all aspects of your journey. Best of all, the Evora is guaranteed to be a conversation starter everywhere you go.

The next time you find yourself visiting the Boston area, add some excitement to your trip behind the wheel of Sheel’s Lotus Evora. Not only does it have the looks and performance, but it’s sure to put a smile on your face whether you’re cruising around the city or letting the Evora stretch its legs through the scenic autumn leaves of rural New England.

*Daily price subject to change

Joey is usually thinking about one thing: cars, cars, and did we mention cars? If he’s not talking about cars, chances are he’s tinkering under the hood of his old E30 BMW.