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First Coast Gears: Rain didn't keep Lotus fans away, thanks to some cars and coffee at's monthly gathering

11:20 AM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a soaker at last Saturday's Cars and Coffee cruise-in at Wild Wing Cafe on Southside Boulevard. But hey, that's where the coffee comes in. People still had fun, including Lynn Preston and his daughter, Julia.

They came in Lynn's 2010 Lotus Evora 2+2, which he bought thee months ago at World Imports. Lynn has already put his mark on the English sports car, adding a special intake and exhaust along with some ECU (electronic control unit) tuning. So what's next for the Lotus? Lynn says maybe a supercharger, although that will have to wait.

Lynn's Evora marks the future of the storied British automaker that was formed by engineer Colin Chapman in 1952. The Evora went into production in 2009 and is the first product in a five-year plan to expand the Lotus lineup.

The 2012 Evora is powered by a DOHC V6 VVTi (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) 24-valve with a six speed manual. It's good for a 0-60 mph run in 4.8 seconds, according to Lotus. The 276-horsepower power plant sits inside an aluminum bond chassis. The automatic is rated at EPA 20 city/28 highway while the manual gives up two mpg in city and highway ratings.

Prices for a 2012 Evora range from $66,100-$76,100, according to Motor Trend.

There a strong showing of Lotuses represented at the Cars and Coffee cruise-in. We saw at least two Elises and an Esprit, prompting the question of whether we might see a local Lotus club form.  If you would like to learn more about Lotus, visit

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