About two months ago Lotus confirmed that it is working on other derivatives of the Evora including the availability of an automatic transmission and a convertible version. It is said that Lotus is also planning a supercharged Evora due out sometime in 2011.
According to a report by AutoCar, the 2+2 Evora will get the option of an automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters by next year. Lotus feels the automatic is essential if it wants to be competitive against the Porsche Cayman and Porsche’s PDK automatic.
The convertible Evora won’t hit the markets until 2012 at the latest. Sources say that Lotus has been facing an issue with the electric folding roof without compromising the weight and chassis rigidity. To help solve the problem, insiders say that Lotus will get rid of the Evora’s rear-seats.
It seems that there is no room in the world for a four-seater Lotus convertible.
– By: Omar Rana