Lotus to develop entry-level Evora for US market

The detuned variant will allow the company to comply with US emissions mandates.

Lotus is reportedly developing another new street-legal Evora variant geared for the US market.

The company's range-topping Evora 400 will soon return to US showrooms, kicking off a renewed push into the world's second-largest auto market. The 400-horsepower coupe will sell for $89,900 when it arrives in May, leaving a four-year gap until the next-generation Elise will be available for buyers on a tighter budget.

The Evora 400 required extensive reengineering to comply with the latest US safety regulations, including a modern airbag system. To better take advantage of the investment, the company will offer an entry-level Evora with less power than the 400's 3.5-liter supercharged V6, chief executive Jean-Marc Gales told Automotive News.

Perhaps most importantly, the detuned Evora will help Lotus comply with US emissions regulations. Deleting the supercharger would scale back output but achieve a reduction in fuel consumption.

"Over a five-year period in the U.S. we have to show a 3 percent per year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions," Gales told AN.The company last year expanded its North American dealer network to 47 showrooms, preparing for the Evora 400's arrival. The coupe will be followed by a roadster in 2017. Launch timing for the detuned edition is unclear.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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