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Written By: Jeffrey JohnsonReviewed By: Laura WalkerUPDATED: Apr 25, 2022Fact Checked

Edmunds describes the 2011 Lotus Evora as a more “civilized” version of the Lotus Elise and Exige. The Lotus lineup is known for its incredibly precise handling and ample power but the Exige and the Elise have both been criticized as utterly impractical due to their cramped cabins and stiff suspensions.

The Evora is intended to provide Lotus’ traditional racetrack-ready performance on a vehicle that is more tolerable to drive. This new Lotus features additional soundproofing and improved ride quality, and Lotus also outfitted the Evora with an optional rear seat.

Edmunds reports that it’s ridiculously small, though.

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Lotus Evora Reviews

Reviewers say that while Lotus has certainly succeeded in improving the driver and passenger experience, the Evora still can’t compete with other luxury sports cars when it comes to refinement.

Similarly-equipped luxury roadsters from Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes generally offer equal or better performance without sacrificing so much in the way of comfort, and they generally cost less than the Evora.

The base model 2011 Evora starts at $64,000, but the entry-level Porsche Boxster is priced over $15,000 lower at $48,100 and the Porsche Cayman has a starting MSRP of just $51,900.

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2011 Lotus Evora Auto Insurance

Since the Lotus Evora is produced in such limited quantities, there isn’t reliable consumer data indicating how much the typical owner pays for car insurance. However, there is average auto insurance rate data for other comparably-priced luxury sports cars.

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), owners of the high-end Porsche Boxster Spyder, which has a base MSRP of $61,800, pay about $1,778 annually for auto insurance.

The Porsche Cayman S starts at $62,100, and it costs about $1,947 a year to insure, the NADA reports.

The highest-level trim for the BMW Z4 (the sDrive35is) starts at $62,500, which is just $1,500 less than the Lotus Evora’s base MSRP. It typically costs $1,430 each year to insure, compared to $1,753 for the Mercedes Benz SLK.

When it’s equipped with the optional 3.5 liter engine, the SLK starts at $53,300. Since the 2011 Evora is within the same price range as these models, its auto insurance rates are likely to be comparable.

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Lotus Evora Maintenance Costs

Average maintenance costs for the 2011 Lotus Evora are unavailable. However, Porsche Boxster Spyder owners are expected to pay approximately $4,199 for routine service during the initial 5-year period that they own their cars.

Porsche Cayman S drivers are expected to pay slightly less to maintain their vehicles. The expected average 5-year maintenance cost for this luxury sports car is just $3,541.

Maintenance costs for the BMW Z4 sDrive35is will add up to $2,744 over five years, according to the NADA. Drivers should expect 5-year scheduled service bills of approximately $3,627 for a 3.5 liter Mercedes-Benz SLK.

It is likely that scheduled maintenance costs for the Lotus Evora are also in the $2,500 to $4,500 range.

Lotus Evora Repair Expenses

If you use the 5-year repair costs for comparably-priced luxury sports cars as a guide, repair expenses for the 2011 Lotus Evora should be between $2,000 and $4,000 over five years.

Repair bills for the Porsche Boxster Spyder are on the high end, at $3,810. The Porsche Cayman S, which actually costs more than the Spyder overall, is significantly cheaper than the Spyder to repair.

Its estimated 5-year repair bill is just $2,857, which is nearly $1,000 less than the Spyder’s.

The 5-year repair cost estimates for the BMW Z4 sDrive35is and the Mercedes-Benz SLK round out the lower end of the range. The NADA projects 5-year repair bills of $2,224 and $2,124 for these vehicles, respectively.

Lotus Evora Safety

Since safety isn’t typically as big a concern for sports car drivers as it is for, say, minivan drivers, vehicles like the Evora usually go on the back burner when it comes to safety testing.

Neither the federal crash testing agency nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has assessed the Evora yet, and it’s not likely that they will.

The Evora is equipped with basic safety equipment like stability and traction control, though. It also has integrated front headrests to reduce whiplash in rear collisions, as well as an anti-theft system.

The anti-lock braking system is equipped with emergency brake assist, which is designed to reduce stopping distance in collisions. There’s also a tire pressure monitoring system to alert the driver to suboptimal pressure levels.

Lotus Evora Trims and Performance

The Lotus Evora is available as a standard 2-seater, but the 2 + 2 models include a rear seat as well. The base model 2 + 0 Evora features a 3.5 liter V6 powerplant that produces 276 horsepower.

It can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, which is a little over a second slower than supercars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Gallardo. Its top speed is 162 mph. Owners can add a rear seat to the base model for an additional $1,500.

The Evora S coupe’s starting MSRP is $80,000, but it boasts superior performance. Its top speed is ten miles per hour faster than the base model’s, and its supercharged engine generates 345 horsepower.

The Evora S beats the base model to 60 mph by about 0.3 seconds. Both the Evora and the Evora S can be equipped with either a standard or manual transmission.

The Evora’s average fuel economy is 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is acceptable for a high-performance sports car, but not best-in-class.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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