Lotus is obsessed with lightness and precision, but that does not mean a lack of attention to safety. The Evora's aluminum tub chassis (similar to that on the Elise) has incredible inherent strength, especially in side impacts. Cleverly, Lotus has designed a tubular steel seat belt anchor frame that acts like a rollover structure and adds torsional strength to the chassis as a whole.
In addition to the aluminum tub chassis, aluminum front and steel rear subframes have been attached to the tub using joints designed to minimize damage to the tub in a collision for better passenger protection.
ABS and traction control are both standard, and airbags are standard for both driver and passenger. The passenger's side airbag has been cleverly engineered to deploy vertically and deflect rearward off the windscreen to protect children as well as adults.
2013 Lotus Evora vs the competition
Nissan GT-R- Nissan's GT-R -- a.k.a. Godzilla -- is nearly on the opposite end of the sports car spectrum in philosophy. The GT-R is packed with computers and technical wizardry designed to improve performance and handling. The Evora is far more stripped down and simple, relying on efficient design and algorithms to improve performance.
Porsche Cayman- With its 265-hp engine, the Cayman is the Evora's most direct competitor. Arguably, the Cayman is a bit blander-looking than the Evora, but it's still beautiful, has a more accessible dealer network for service and is just as exhilarating to drive.
Chevrolet Corvette- The 1LT Corvette coupe with a 430-hp V8 is far cheaper than the Evora. The Corvette is an American hammer of a sport coupe. It's far less precise than the Evora but is definitely worth a look.
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