Just two weeks ago, in a rather surprising press release, Lotus said that their facelift of the Evora will be revealed in Geneva, next month. Well, they didn’t actually come out and say it straight up but they did mention the words ‘exciting’ and ‘reveal’.
According to the company’s CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, the company will be looking to keep its core values intact with the new car and focus on the driving experience and performance more than anything. Our spy photographers just caught the upcoming model on camera for the first time.
As you can see from the spyshots attached below, the new Evora won’t change all that much stylistically. After all, it’s a facelift. However, it does show some changes, especially on the front bumper, where wider air intakes can be noticed.
Furthermore, new LED daytime running lights seem to be hiding under the camouflage, on the top of the air intakes, according to the photographers, even though they are hard to spot.
Round the back, the prototype seen here seems to be sporting a different rear spoiler compared to the current model, possibly for improved aerodynamics. The more important changes should be happening under the bonnet, however.
Nothing’s known for sure but if the company is serious about getting back on track, an upgrade for the 3.5-liter V6 sourced from Toyota is needed, in order to keep up with the crowd.
In an earlier interview, Gales claimed that Lotus wants to offer Porsche a run for its money and that means that a proper engine needs to be either developed or sourced from someone else. Since the same man claimed that there simply are no funds for the development of new cars altogether, we’re going to guess the second choice will be more viable.
At the moment, at €72,300, the only competition Porsche is facing is price-wise as the Evora can’t really match up to the Stuttgart products. Hopefully, the facelift will bring more standard kit to the table if a price cut is highly unlikely. Expect it to be shown for the first time in Geneva, in a couple of weeks.