Could This 2010 Lotus Evora Be 'Good Enough' to Ask $33,900?

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Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Evora classifies the car’s condition as ‘Good’ in his ad, showing some war wounds in its pics. That all means that this Lotus comes with a relatively low price—for an Evora—but will that be enough to turn good into great?

Yesterday I railed about my annoyance over cars with more than two doors being described as “coupes.” Yep, it’s something that really chaps my ass. I also take issue with describing golfers as athletes, but that’s a hill I’m not willing to die on today. Why would I when we have an amazing 76 percent Nice Price win to celebrate?

That feat was accomplished by the 2012 Volkswagen CC we looked at on Thursday. With a rare six-speed stick and modest enough $6,356 price tag, that low-roofed VW seemed to have the world on a string. The win just tied it all in a tidy bow.

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What’s your opinion about mid-engine 2+2s? Yes, they are cramped. No, you are not going to get any adult in the back of one unless under duress. Still, the theory goes that four-seaters of any ilk have lower insurance rates, and hence offer stronger rationalizations toward their ownership.

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We looked at a contemporary mid-engine 2+2 on Tuesday—a BMW i8 hybrid—and today we’re going to look at another. No, I don’t think it’s a trend.

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This 2010 Lotus Evora is more traditional a take on the mid-engine sports car than was Tuesdays i8. That’s even with its fairly mundane V6 engine which is derived from that of the Toyota Camry. It still makes a lot better noise when getting its fun on than the BMW.

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The better comparison perhaps is with the Porsche Cayman as it too sports six cylinders placed mid-ships in models of this age. Then again, the Porsche lacks the Evora’s back seats.

Most people would find the Lotus’ back seats wanting. Who could sit back there without complaint? I’d guess a new-born might find the space acceptable. Also, the quadruple amputee from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs would probably fit, albeit in a horrifically creepy way.

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The rest of us would probably be far happier in the front seats, and honestly, the Evora is a fine car from that point of view. Especially from the left seat. That’s were all the fun really happens.

Much of that is made possible by the Evora’s exceptional handling and steering that’s almost Jedi mind control quick. Then there’s the drivetrain. The 3.5-litre 2GR-FE V6 pumps out a naturally aspirated 276 horsepower, and is joined at the hip to a six-speed manual. The engine makes its power with mapping by Lotus so it’s not like you’re just driving a backwards Camry all the time.

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This one comes in Black & Tan, which also happens to be one of my favorite pub orders. The bodywork is a bit scruffy with a sizable break evident on the rear fender where it meets the driver’s door. There are also some scrapes on the door itself, making one wonder what the other guy looks like. A new windscreen has been installed, for reasons undisclosed.

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The seller does say that the car carries both the sport and comfort packages as well as a custom exhaust. I don’t know what it is with Evora owners but they can never seem to leave their exhausts alone. Oil changes have been done on the regular, and the tires are new Continentals front and rear.

The interior looks to have held up well. If you’re an aficionado of Lotus’ products then you might find the interior of the Evora surprising for the levels of construction and professionalism it presents. The head unit in the dash is an aftermarket touch screen from Joying, a company that someday will probably overcome its insipid name.

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As I noted at the outset, the condition of this Evora is positioned by its seller as “good.” That’s perhaps damning with faint praise, but it does mean that the car comes with a reasonably low—for Evoras—$33,900 asking.

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With 59,000 miles on the clock—which is a lot for a Lotus—and a clean title, you have to weigh that damnable praise in determining this car’s value. What do you think, is this “good” Evora worth the dropping of $33,900 in good money? Or, for that much would it need to be great?

You decide!

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Washington, DC Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to CharlesVS for the hookup!

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Rob Emslie

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