Lotus Evora (2009 – 2021) Review

Lotus Evora (2009 – 2021) At A Glance


+Powered by Toyota 3.5-litre V6 with 280bhp. Handles superbly.

-Expensive compared to a Porsche Cayman S. Can develop faults that leave it off the road for 11 months. Low star rating due to potential for trouble.

New prices start from £50,985
Insurance Groups are between 46–50
On average it achieves 88% of the official MPG figure

Originally launched in October 2008 with a 3.5 litre mid-mounted Toyota V6, the Lotus Evora was almost completely revised for 2015, gaining a new supercharger and up to 400PS, giving it a 0-60 of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 186mph.

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Real MPG average for a Lotus Evora (2009 – 2021)


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21–33 mpg

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Goodwill payment after car takes year to be fixed
"My 2011 Lotus Evora S has been in the main dealer now for over 11 months to fix a poor running problem. They have misdiagnosed the fault several times and the bill has now grown to £5000. The dealer now believes that the fault is due to a faulty wiring loom. Lotus have refused to offer any goodwill contribution, despite the car having a full main dealer service history and only 20,000 miles on the clock. The car was 6 months out of warranty when given to the dealership. When responding, the garage are evasive and generally fail to inspire confidence. They have blamed much of the delay on internal problems at Lotus, but I am stuck in the middle not knowing who exactly is at fault and who I should blame. I am also unsure as to any options that I have in reducing my costs and whether I can claim against the garage for depreciation."
If you originally bought the car from a dealer then there is a clear chain of liability and you could try county court action against them. Not small claims because the amount in question must be a lot more than £10,000. You will need to engage a solicitor. Law here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
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Are there any sports cars which don't depreciate heavily?
"I'm thinking of spoiling myself and spending £40,000 or more on a retirement present. So which sports car would you recommend that will not lose money long-term? Perhaps going for something like a Porsche Cayman R, or a Lotus Evora S would be sensible, or a vintage sports of some sort? I’m not really into Ferraris due to running costs and reliability issues, but maybe an Aston Martin?"
Everything depreciates, even Ferraris that drop to between £20,000 and £30,000, then start going up again. So the trick is to buy a Ferrari when prices for that model bottom out. 550s and 575s are now on the way up. Similarly, good 1980s Porsche 911 930s are now going up, and moneyed people have turned older Aston Martins into rapidly appreciating investments. But any exotic car can turn round and bite you. A new engine for a Porsche 911 or 996 can cost £15,000. Basically the rarest, most desirable cars appreciate, but they also tend to have the highest running costs. The less rare, more reliable cars, like anything with the 6.2-litre Mercedes AMG63 engine, depreciate. It doesn't work both ways.
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