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Old 05-09-2009, 02:42 AM   #1
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he upcoming Lotus Evora promises extreme fun for up to four, but back seat passengers will be left out of the equation when it comes to the Evora convertible. Whereas the Evora coupe will offer 2+2 seating, the Evora convertible will only offer seating for two.

Lotus plans to keep the Evora hype going by adding new features to the car each year – including a paddle-shift gearbox and a high-performance supercharged variant – culminating in a roadster model in 2012. However, to make room for the convertible top, Lotus engineers had to do away with the Evora’s rear seat.“It’s not going to be easy to fit the roof in,” Steve Crijns, the Evora’s exterior designer, told Autocar. “It will have to go in front of the engine, where the rear seats are now. The rest of the car has been designed with the cabrio in mind; the doors, for instance, are styled so that they can accommodate the system without any changes.”

Crijns also revealed the Evora will do with a soft top rather than a retractable hardtop. The decision to use a more conventional soft top will not only save on engineering time but will also keep the car’s weight down.

However, since few cars in the Evora’s segment offer rear seats – such as the Porsche Boxster/Cayman – we doubt many people will throw up to big of a fuss over the Evora convertible’s two-seat setup
Lotus will convert its new 2+2 Evora into a strict two-seater for its convertible version, due within the next three years.

The Hethel firm is gearing up for the launch of the regular Evora, but it already has plans to extend the range through transmission, engine and roof options by 2012.
Read Steve Cropley's first drive of the Lotus Evora
The first range extension will come with a Lotus-developed paddle-shift transmission, due within the next year. This unit is essential if the Evora is to prove competitive against all variants of its chief rival, the Porsche Cayman.

In two years' time, Lotus is planning to launch supercharged versions of the Evora. At least two different states of tune will be available, but the top-spec model could have more than 350bhp on tap. Lotus is also said to be lining up motorsport-based versions of the car, in a similar fashion to the hardcore Exiges currently on sale.

The drop-top Evora is due by the end of 2012 at the latest. Lotus has been battling hard to include the electric folding roof expected in this area of the market, without compromising on the firm's key values of light weight and chassis rigidity. To help achieve this goal, it will stow the roof away in the space currently used by the Evora's rear seats.

Steve Crijns, the man responsible for the Evora's exterior design, told Autocar, "The open-top will need to have a light roof. It's most likely going to be a soft-top as a hard-top system is very heavy and very complicated; that really doesn't belong in a sports car, and it's not a Lotus way of working.

"It's not going to be easy to fit the roof in," added Crijns. "It will have to go in front of the engine, where the rear seats are now. The rest of the car has been designed with the cabrio in mind; the doors, for instance, are styled so that they can accommodate the system without any changes."
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