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Michael Woodhouse

Lotus Evora S

Cliches and muddled terminology riddle a lot of journalism, they’re a lazy tool to describe whatever topic a reporter has been assigned. And motoring sections are typically overflowing with their use, especially when a sports car is being reviewed.

The acceleration is biblical. The road holding is epic, My six foot frame fits snuggly in the seats. They’re all wheeled out.

I usually stop reading as quickly as others when they crop up because a lot of the time it doesn’t even make sense. But I’m finding it hard not use the lazy journalism approach now I’m faced with writing about the Lotus Evora S, a car that’s brought a smile to my face - something few vehicles have managed recently.

Now it could be that I’m biased. I’m a son of Nelson’s county, Norfolk, where Lotus is based after all. Or it could be that I still have the sound of the 3.5-litre supercharged V6 ringing in my ear, especially on downshifts when the throttle blips. How my heart fluttered.

Words such as biblical and epic fit if used in their more colloquial rather than literal sense. How can you argue when you’ve hit 60mph in 4.5 seconds on a scenic Norfolk road, shifted down a gear or two on the paddle shifters as you approach a bend, turned the steering wheel in and hit the apex perfectly. Gurning like a champion; that was epic.

The Evora S has some stiff competition from firms such as Porsche, but whereas other sports cars are fast, few give you a real sense of connection. Is it you or the car doing the driving. The Evora S is a far more visceral experience and that’s what a sports car buyer should aim for; you want emotion.

Once I grew used to the contortions you have to pull to get in and out of the Evora, my six foot frame actually did fit snuggly in the black sports seats, and it’s a comfortable place to be.

The gear lever is replaced by buttons in the six-speed automatic version, (there is a manual available), which makes the interior less cluttered and much the better for it.

When paddle shifters first started appearing on cars I wasn’t a fan, but as the technology has developed so too has my enjoyment in changing gear using them. The Evora’s shifts are seamless when driving around normally, but when you hit the sport button, they become rapid fire during more enthusiastic driving sessions.

And the view from to the front is clear as the A-pillars don’t intrude as much as in a more traditional passenger car. And given the engine is just behind you, there is a modicum of a rearview through the interior mirror - so you can see what you’ve left behind.

Given Lotus’s racing pedigree you’d expect firm suspension, especially as unlike many marques there are no adaptive dampers to smooth the ride out, but the Evora isn’t a bump and shock a minute vehicle on Britain’s notoriously bad roads. So motorway journeys should be comfortable, though you’re never likely to hit the 167mph top speed the vehicle’s 345hp/400Nm V6 allows, (178mph in the manual version).

And given the Evora can be specced as a 2+2 there is room in the back, perhaps not for anyone of any size, but it could prove useful for a short ride for a small person, or maybe even better a space for luggage and a sneaky getaway.

There are niggles - no car is perfect. The indicator stalks are a smidgen too far away, and the space between accelerator and brake pedals is small as space in the footwell is tight, but they’re issues you soon become accustomed to. And once you’ve specced your Evora and handed over the £60,000+ you’ll want to drive it, get used to its quirks, and allow it to put a smile on your face too as you accelerate biblically and race round that bend epically.

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