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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Typical Lotus Fashion

Lotus is turning 70 years old today, and like anybody who reaches that ripe age, the British automaker celebrated it by creating a not-so-subtle “70th tribute logo” using burnt rubber from two of the company’s most popular models: the Exige and Evora 410 Sport. The tire-burning/logo-creating session took place on the skid pad of Lotus’ test track in Hethel, England. No CGIs were used in the making of the video, though Lotus did cop to using more tires than it probably wanted to.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper Selections of the Day: 2018 Lotus Evora GT410

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Read the Latest on the 2018 Lotus Evora GT410 or get up to speed on the 2017 Lotus Evoa Sport 410

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PostHeaderIcon The Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is a Sportier, Lighter Replacement for the Sport 410

Introduced in 2009 as the company’s flagship sports car, the Evora received its first significant update in 2015, when it was renamed the Evora 400. In early 2016, Lotus launched the Evora Sport 410, a lighter, quicker, and more powerful version. Two years have passed and the Evora Sport 410 is being retired, making way for a revised variant called the GT410 Sport. Slotted below the GT430, a model introduced in the summer of 2017, the GT410 Sport boasts minor improvements over its predecessor. And it’s coming to the U.S. later this year.


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“The GT410 generates up to 96 kg of downforce at 190 mph, or 50 percent more than the outgoing Evora Sport 410.”

Styling-wise, the GT410 draws cues from the more hardcore GT430, including the carbon-fiber composite front access panel, roof, louvered tailgate, and rear spoiler. It also sports enlarged carbon-fiber ducts and a deep splitter up front, and a motorsport-derived diffuser at the rear. However, it didn’t get some of the GT430’s high-downforce elements, such as the canards on the sides of the front bumper and the big rear wing. Still, the GT410 generates up to 96 kg of downforce at 190 mph, or 50 percent more than the outgoing Evora Sport 410.

The sports car remains familiar inside the cabin, where Lotus made only slight changes compared to the previous model. The GT410 is available in both two-seat and 2+2 configurations, with the former getting optional carbon-fiber race seats. Optional Sparco seats are available for both layouts. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, centre console, and instrument panel are all trimmed in black Alcantara for a sporty look, but contrast stitching is available. Also available is the seven-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth functionality, satellite navigation, and reversing camera.


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“The supercharged mill cranks out the same 410 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque as the outgoing model”

Under the rear hood lurks the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine as in the Sport 410. The supercharged mill cranks out the same 410 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque as the outgoing model. That’s a 20-horsepower and 23-pound-foot decrease compared to the range-topping GT430 model. Despite being 28 kg lighter than the Evora Sport 410 when fitted with the optional titanium exhaust and Ohlins TTX aluminum dampers, the GT410 isn’t quicker than its predecessor. The 0-to-60 mph sprint remains locked at 3.9 seconds with the automatic transmission and four clicks with the manual gearbox and Torsen limited-slip differential combo. The automatic version is two tenths slower than the GT430, but it’s not a deal breaker.

The Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, the Bilstein dampers, and the Eibach springs come standard. Customers who want a more road trip friendly Evora can get the touring suspension package (at no extra cost) with non-adjustable Bilstein dampers with touring specification and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.


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“Customers who want a more road trip friendly Evora can get the touring suspension package (at no extra cost) with non-adjustable Bilstein dampers”

U.S. deliveries of the new Evora GT410 Sport will begin this summer. Expect this sports car to fetch in excess of $100,000 before options.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lotus Evora GT430.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora GT430

Feast your eyes on this beauty. This is the new Lotus Evora GT430 and it’s the fastest, lightest, and most powerful road-going Lotus ever made. That’s a lot of superlatives right there, and for good reason. No other production Lotus in the company’s long and proud history can match wits with the Evora GT430, and that includes the Evora 410, the predecessor to the GT430 that also held all those titles before the Evora GT430 came along.

There are a lot of reasons to get excited about Lotus’ new baby, not the least of which are the distinctions that it already has. In addition to that, though, this two-seater sports car is also going to be a lot more exclusive than any special edition Lotus Evora before it. Only 60 units are planned for the model. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales calls the Evora GT430 “a true track-and-back sports car,” and there’s really no reason to argue those sentiments. It looks like an all-conquering roadster, has a surprisingly posh interior, and packs enough power to reach speeds in excess of 190 mph. Really, what more do you want out of a Lotus that the Evora GT430 doesn’t provide?

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lotus Evora GT430.

PostHeaderIcon Official: Lotus Evora GT430

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Well, granted, this is not an entirely new product and we’re starting to feel Lotus will never again make an entirely new product. But the new Lotus Evora GT430 limited edition has something else going for it and that is the fact it is the most powerful road-going Lotus ever. 

Packing 430 hp and 440 nm, hence the name Lotus Evora GT430, from a 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine, this aggressive looking sports of which only 60 copies will be made is pretty quick with a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, and atop speed of 190 mph (305 km/h). That is not all down to the power. Weight also comes into focus here, or rather lack thereof. The GT430 is only 1,285 kg, which is remarkable considering it has one of the largest aero kits ever fitted to a road going car.

That aero kit, featuring a new carbon fibre splitter, air blades and louvers positioned on top of each front wheel arch, one-piece carbon tailgate, carbon diffuser and large rear wing, guarantees the legendary Lotus handling at high speed by generating 250 kg of downforce. But again, it’s not just aerodynamics that gives Lotus Evora GT430 its housefly-like reflexes. Other contributing factors include Lotus-tuned, Öhlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers, six-speed manual gearbox features a low-inertia, single-mass flywheel, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and  AP Racing four-piston calipers all round for optimum stopping power.

Lotus has not yet revealed how much this exquisite piece of machinery costs.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition Brings the Iconic JPS Livery to the U.S.

Redesigning the Evora is one of the best decisions Lotus has made in recent years. Now equipped with everything it needs to be road-legal in the U.S. once again, the Evora returned with new looks and a more powerful engine. Making things that much hotter, Lotus also launched theEvora 410 with additional carbon-fiber parts and ten extra horsepower for a higher power-to-weight ratio. The standard model was followed by several special-edition models, including the classic-inspired Esprit S1. Now, Lotus is paying tribute to its glorious racing past with the Evora Sport 410 GP Edition.

Developed specifically for the U.S. and Canada, the GP Edition is a throwback to the company’s Formula One cars from the 1980s. Although it had significantly more successful periods in the 1960s and 1970s, winning seven constructors’ championships, Lotus turned to the 95T, 97T, and 98T race cars from the mid-1980s for inspiration. What’s so special about them you ask? For starters, they ere driven by legendary pilots such as Nigel Mansell and Ayrton. Second, and more importantly in this context, all these cars sported the now iconic John Play Special livery in black with gold accents.

Just like the F1 cars, the GP Edition is finished in black with certain elements highlighted by gold. The bright color can be seen in the form of stripes on the beltline and side skirts, on each side of the front hood bulge, and on the C-pillars and the engine cover. The wheels have matching accents, while the “Evora 410 Sport” lettering on the rear fascia is also in gold. Other than that, the GP Edition is a standard Evora Sport 410, but this livery should be enough to get enthusiasts excited. I know I’d order one if I had the dough…

And the Evora 410 is nothing to sneeze at either. Fitted with numerous carbon-fiber elements on the outside, including the front splitter, roof, rear diffuser, and tailgate, the 410 is not only more aerodynamic, but lighter than the Evora 400 too. Overall, Lotus shaved 154 pounds off the standard model, while increasing output from 400 to 410 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. Able to hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, the Evora 410 is the first of its kind to do so in less than four clicks. It’s also quicker around the Hethel test track too, reducing the Evora 400’s benchmark by three seconds. The Evora 410 is also six seconds faster than the Elise Cup 250, essentially a full-blown race car.

Plenty of reasons to add a Formula One livery right?

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora Sport 410 "Esprit S1" Edition

For those of you who were old enough to have seen the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, you might remember the Lotus Esprit S1 from the film. It’s hard to forget considering that at one point in the movie, it turned into an actual submarine. It also carried torpedoes, water mines, and surface-to-air missiles. These features cemented it as one of the most iconic movie cars of all time, let alone one of the most famous cars James Bond has ever used. Fast forward to 2017, and we have Lotus releasing the Evora Sport 410, a one-off creation that celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bond’s Esprit S1 in a rather spectacular style.

Off the bat, it’s important to establish that taking the Evora Sport 410 on a dive into the ocean isn’t going to end well for the driver. So no, the one-off Esprit S1-inspired Evora Sport 410 does not have submarine capabilities. While we’re at it, the coupe also doesn’t have missiles or torpedoes, nor does it have a cement sprayer or a black dye slick. Better get those facts out of the way before somebody starts expecting the Evora Sport 410 to carry WMDs. We all know how that turned out the last time.

The good news is that Lotus did well for itself to justify the Evora Sport 410’s one-off status. The coupe is dressed heavily on special edition touches, thanks in large part to the involvement of Lotus Exclusive, the automaker’s very own personalization division. Beyond the cosmetics and aerodynamic touches on the coupe, the Evora Sport 410 retains one of its most imposing features: a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Combine those numbers on a coupe that weighs just 1,280 kg (2,820 pounds) and you have a sports car that pays homage to one of the most iconic Bond cars in history the proper way.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Evora Sport 410.


PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400 Carbon Pack

In 2014, following a disastrous year financially, Lotus embarked on a new quest to save itself from extinction with Jean-Marc Gales at the helm. One of the first products to relaunch the brand was the Evora 400, essentially a revised, lighter, and more powerful version of the sports car first introduced in 2009. The Evora 400 also marked Lotus’ return to the U.S. after withdrawing from the market following the previous Evora failing to comply with safety standards. For 2017, the British firm introduced the special-edition Evora 410, which features additional carbon-fiber body parts and lighter drivetrain components.

It’s been less than six months since the Evora 410 made its public debut, and Lotus is now offering another upgrade for the base model. Dubbed Carbon Pack, this new bundle adds a number of components already fitted to the Evora Sport 410 as standard, making the 400 lighter than what you get from the factory. Exhaust and battery upgrades are also available, shaving even more pounds of the Evora’s already lightweight design.

“The Lotus Evora 400 is already the lightest car in its segment, with super car performance, benchmark handling and the purity of the driving experience expected of a Lotus. We are now giving customers an opportunity to drive an even lighter and more responsive car,” said Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

What’s more, alongside the Carbon Pack, Lotus also announced that the Evora 400 is getting new convenience features. But more about that, as well as everything you need to know about the new options bundle, in our detailed review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Evora 400 With Carbon Pack.


PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition

Founded in 1952, Lotus Cars was originally situated in old stables behind the Railway Hotel in Hornsey, North London. The company moved to a purpose-built factory at Cheshunt in 1959 and in 1966 it began developing and building its cars at a modern facility in Hethel, Norfolk. In 2016, the British firm celebrates 50 years since moving to Hethel and it has created a special-edition Lotus Evora to mark the event. It goes by the name Evora 400 Hethel Edition and will be sold in limited numbers.

Offered in exclusive exterior colors and with a number of bespoke features, this limited-edition Evora won’t be the only vehicle celebrating Lotus’ move to the Hethel facility.

“The Evora 400 is the latest in a long line of world-beating sports and racing cars to have all been hand built in Hethel over the last 50 years. We are immensely proud to be part of the community and it is entirely fitting that this limited edition be dedicated to our home. We’re looking forward to celebrating our connections to Norfolk throughout 2016, and more Lotus Hethel Anniversary news will be announced soon,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.

There’s no word whether the Hethel Edition will cross the pond to the United States, but until Lotus reveals more information, let’s have a closer look at the brand’s latest sports car based on the quick and light Evora 400.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Lotus Eyeing Detuned Version Of Evora In The US Market

After a short hiatus from the U.S. market, the Lotus Evora is expected to make a nice comeback, albeit in a slightly different form from the ones being offered in Europe today. A report from Automotive News is pointing at a May 2016 return for the Evora 2+2. The only caveat is that it’s going to be a detuned, entry-level version of the V-6-powered Evora 400. Before anybody starts slamming their fists on the table, it’s important to know that the decision to bring a detuned version of the Evora hinged primarily on Lotus having to meet America’s emissions requirements.

So it’s not all bad. Lotus is just trying to follow the rules, even if it comes at the cost of offering an Evora with less power. The upside is that it’ll have better fuel economy. Just as important, the Evora has since been updated from the last iteration that was sold here to ensure that it complied with the stricter airbag regulations.

Now, about that engine. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales intimated to Automotive News the company’s goal of dropping its carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. by three percent per year over a five-year period. For Lotus to make that work, it would have to offer a detuned version of the Evora 400, which would entail dropping the sports car’s supercharger entirely. Doing so would reduce the V-6 engine’s power, but it would also improve fuel economy and in turn, help the company achieve that five-year emissions goal it placed on itself.

Granted, Gales admitted that the supercharger-less Evora is just one of the options he’s looking into. But it is a scenario that’s more realistic than removing the supercharged V-6 entirely and replacing it with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. That door is less likely to be opened because the company doesn’t see the short- and long-term benefits it could have on the Evora.

For now, this news is a matter of taking the good with the bad. The good news is that the Evora’s vacation from the U.S. market is over. The bad news is that it’s really not going to be the Evora 400 that Europe and other markets currently have. But I’m sure American customers would learn to accept that, especially if the U.S.-spec Evora, especially if it comes at a much cheaper price than the $90,000 price tag of the Evora 400, and if it will also come with a roadster variant in 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Lotus Evora Sport 410

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Lotus Cars continues moving forward at a slow and steady pace, doing small things but doing them right. The new Lotus Evora Sport 410 is a case in point. It’s a slightly revised version of the Evora that is lightened and tarted up to become an even better driver’s car.

As the name clearly suggests, Lotus Evora Sport 410 packs a 410 hp and 410 Nm of torque version of the supercharged 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. So extra power is not really its winning card. That’d be the 70 kg weight loss it has achieved through the use of carbon fiber components in its build. Tipping the scale at 1,325 kg, the Evora Sport does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 186mph.

The main differences between a Lotus Evora Sport 410 and the regular version, in terms of looks as well as weight saving measures, include a carbon fibre tailgate (combining five separate elements into one), new lighter-weight door trim panels and the liberal addition of carbon fibre across the entire car. But this doesn’t mean the 410 is a stripped-out track car. The car is still very civilized for road use.

Other highlights of the Evora Sport 410 include front splitter, roof panel, tailgate, and rear diffuser as well as race-derived sports seats and a revised front access panel, Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD), Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) with Sport and Race modes, and touch-screen entertainment system.

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400 Looks Sublime in Action

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The small village of Hethel in Norfolk, England, is home to a plucky little car maker that has been through a lot of ups and downs, but is still going strong, fixing on gaze on the horizon thinking of better days. Their latest product, Lotus Evora 400, can make those dreams come true, on the evidence of what you are about to see after the jump.

Lotus Evora 400 is based on the standard model which is widely regarded as one of the most refined, most comfortable sports car in the world. What they have done here is take that car, shave 42 kg off its weight and add 55 horsepower to the output of its engine. The result is a fantastic driver’s car capable of holding its own in the face of the most serious sports cars, while maintaing a certain degree of usability so that it could be a pretty satisfactory daily driver as well.

The main highlights of Lotus Evora 400, compared to the standard model, is a 3.5 liter supercharged V6 engine tuned to 400 hp (406 PS; 298.3 kW) at 7,000rpm. Torque has also been increased to 302 lbs ft (410 Nm) achieved between 3,500 to 6,500 rpm, 42 kg lighter weight, evised spring and damper settings, a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and a downforce figure of 32 kg (70 lbs) at 150 mph (242 km/h). The net result of all that is a 7-second difference in the lap times of Evora and Evora 400 around Lotus test track.

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400 Looks Sublime in Action

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The small village of Hethel in Norfolk, England, is home to a plucky little car maker that has been through a lot of ups and downs, but is still going strong, fixing on gaze on the horizon thinking of better days. Their latest product, Lotus Evora 400, can make those dreams come true, on the evidence of what you are about to see after the jump.

Lotus Evora 400 is based on the standard model which is widely regarded as one of the most refined, most comfortable sports car in the world. What they have done here is take that car, shave 42 kg off its weight and add 55 horsepower to the output of its engine. The result is a fantastic driver’s car capable of holding its own in the face of the most serious sports cars, while maintaing a certain degree of usability so that it could be a pretty satisfactory daily driver as well.

The main highlights of Lotus Evora 400, compared to the standard model, is a 3.5 liter supercharged V6 engine tuned to 400 hp (406 PS; 298.3 kW) at 7,000rpm. Torque has also been increased to 302 lbs ft (410 Nm) achieved between 3,500 to 6,500 rpm, 42 kg lighter weight, evised spring and damper settings, a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and a downforce figure of 32 kg (70 lbs) at 150 mph (242 km/h). The net result of all that is a 7-second difference in the lap times of Evora and Evora 400 around Lotus test track.

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400 Roadster Is in the Works

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News emerged from Norfolk – actually Goodwood, to be precise – that Lotus is planning an open-top version of the recently-launched Lotus Evora 400. Building this model makes perfect sense for the British automaker since it is one of the easiest projects they have ever undertaken and yet it gives them access to a whole new market.

Lotus Evora 400 features an extruded and bonded aluminium tub chassis with immense structural rigidity that can easily handle getting its roof chopped off. What’s more, they are not going to design a complicated folding metal roof, or even a soft top, for the Evora Roadster.

The roof arrangement for the Lotus Evora 400 Roadster will be like that of many a modern super cars, i.e. two lightweight removable pieces that can be stored behind the front seats. They are manual, of course, but they weigh around 3kg each which makes them very easy to handle.

Lotus Evora 400 Roadster is being developed mainly for the U.S. market  on which the Brits count heavily in order to achieve their goal of selling 3,000 cars this year – a thousand more than what they managed last year. Mechanically, the car will be identical to the coupe version, meaning it will be powered by a 3.5 liter V6 unit developing 400 horsepower

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Confirms Evora 400 Roadster And 4-Eleven

Lotus has made a lot of promises over the years that it hasn’t delivered on at all; the company is basically the alcoholic dad of sports car manufacturers. But Lotus has been under new management lately, with boss Jean-Marc Gales at the job for just over a year. And so far, Gales seems to be delivering. We recently got the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven and things certainly appear to be on track for the upcoming 2018 Lotus SUV, painful as that might be for some to accept.

Gales recently sat down with Top Gear Magazine to talk about where the company is headed. A couple of very interesting things came out of this too; mainly the revelation that an Evora 400 Roadster is coming and that there are plans for a 4-Eleven in two years. That same year will also see a new Exige, an evolution of the current design, and Gales promises that all of the cars in the lineup will continue to get faster and lighter. The Evora 400 Roadster will have two removable roof sections in the usual Lotus fashion, but here they will be carbon fiber and weigh just 3kg (6.6lbs) each. No details yet on the 4-Eleven.

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PostHeaderIcon First Lotus Evora 400 Rolls Of The Production LIne

The new 2016 Lotus Evora 400 is now officially in production. The first example just rolled off the assembly line at the company’s plant in Hethel. The vehicle in question, finished in metallic black, was driven off the assembly line during a small celebration attended by senior management, manufacturing, and engineering staff. This specific model will be used as promotion car.

“Today is a very significant stage in our long term plan, which we set out more than a year ago. With the first Evora 400 coming off the line, we have achieved a key milestone for Lotus,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus. “None of this would be possible, of course, without the confidence and commitment of our workforce who, with great skill and talent, hand build every Lotus car at Hethel,” he added.

Evora 400 deliveries for European markets will commence in August 2015, while China and North America will receive their batch of sports cars starting early 2016. The Evora 400 will be the only model Lotus will offer in the U.S. for the 2017 model year.

Developed to replace the 2013 Lotus Evora S, the Evora 400 uses a revamped supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. It needs 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph and lapped the Hethel test track in 1:32 minutes. That’s 0.3 and six seconds faster than its predecessor, respectively.

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400 Priced from £72,000

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Lotus Cars announced the official pricing of their latest sports car, the Lotus Evora 400, for the British market. The mildly updated Evora will cost you in the UK from £72,000. In Europe the car costs €96,000, and in the U.S. $89,900.

So what you get with the Lotus Evora 400 that makes it a better buy than the standard Evora? For starters, there is that fresh new face with that huge grin and also a revised rear apron. The 400 also comes with 370 mm composite two piece brake discs from AP Racing, a Limited Slip Differential, automatic air-conditioning and infotainment system including satellite navigation.

In short then, Lotus Evora 400 is lighter, more efficient and dynamically better than its run-of-the-mill sibling. But you can also make it look and feel more striking if you are willing to spend more. For instance, £2,000 will buy you a set of nice lightweight alloys, and you can get cruise control and yellow or black brake callipers for £300 each. Automatic transmission is priced at £2,000, Alcantara or Leather trim upgrades at £2,500 and metallic paint at £900.

Performance-wise, the Evora 400 boasts a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque which enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph is just 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds) and reach a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400 Laps Hethel Track In 1:32 Minutes

The 2016 Evora 400 has just become the fastest Lotus on the brand’s Hethel test track, the British company announced today, claiming the new sports car bested the benchmark of its predecessor by no fewer than six seconds. Driven by Gavan Kershaw, technical manager for Lotus Motorsport, the Evora 400 lapped the course in 1:32, compared to the Evora S’ time of 1:38. Lotus says Kershaw used a “standard road specification prototype running on road tires and with standard road suspension.” However, the British company doesn’t explain what “prototype” actually means and whether a production unit would be able to obtain the same benchmark.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say Lotus is pulling tricks here, but I’ve seen too many record-setting cars not being able to deliver the same numbers in production-spec form. (I’m looking at you Bugatti Veyron and Nissan GT-R Nismo.)

Anyways, Lotus brags that the six-second improvement is due to the extra 55 horsepower injected into the Evora 400’s engine, the 48.5 pounds shaved off the previous car, and the improved traction from the new limited-slip differential. In all, the six-second lap update seems plausible.

“Internally, we all knew that the Evora 400 would be capable of exceeding expectations. Our initial pre-production tests provided immense confidence and a six seconds lap time advantage at Hethel. Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off,” said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Evora 400.

Lotus Evora 400 Laps Hethel Track In 1:32 Minutes originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 30 April 2015 06:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Plans Evora Roadster And 2-Eleven Successor

Five years after the debacle set into motion by then CEO Dany Bahar, Lotus is finally beginning to find its footing again. Bahar stood in front of a crowd of journalists at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and introduced five new models, all of which ended up as vaporware. Soon after, Bahar was politely asked to leave and Lotus has been pretty stagnant ever since.

Current Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has been at the helm for about nine months now, and during a recent chat with our friends at Top Gear, he laid out long- and short-term plans for Lotus that offer good reason to be optimistic about the future of the company.

In the short term, and on the heels of the recently unveiled Evora 400, Gales says Lotus will introduce an Evora Roadster, which should be sales booster, in about two years. The Evora’s sophisticated aluminum platform still has plenty of life left in it, and it will also spawn a few new track-oriented derivatives. “The Evora tub meets regulations until 2020 and we will likely stay with aluminum beyond that,” Gales told Top Gear. “It’s similar weight and strength to carbon fiber but one-third of the cost.”

Gales says there’s also been a decent amount of demand for a successor to the 2-Eleven track-day car. He promises the new car will be both lighter and more powerful. Using the same 400 horsepower V-6 from the Lotus 400 and weighing less than 2,000 pounds, he promises it will be the fastest road car around the Nürburgring. You definitely can’t accuse the guy of not being ambitious.

Continue reading to learn more about Lotus’ future models.

Lotus Plans Evora Roadster And 2-Eleven Successor originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evora 400

Lotus is at a crossroads, as it needs to keep expenses low but it also needs to update its aging lineup before the public forgets it even exists. And when the British automaker was forced to stop selling the Evora in the U.S. because of noncompliant airbags, the company had to redesign its only U.S.-spec model or essentially die in the American market. And redesign it did, with the introduction of the more-powerful 2016 Evora 400.

With a hefty power boost and refreshed fascias, the new Evora 400 appears primed to do battle with the newly released 2015 4C and 2016 Cayman GT4. But the real test is whether the world will notice that the Evora 400 even happened, or if buyers will continue flocking to Porsche and Alfa dealers for their lightweight sports cars.

Updated 11/05/2015: Lotus dropped a new video showing its latest Evora 400 in action on the track. Being 92 pounds lights and 55 horsepower more powerful than the previous Evora, the new 400 version lapped the test track at Lotus HQ, Hethel in just 1 minute and 31 seconds — a full 7 seconds quicker than the previous model.

Continue reading for my full review to see what I think.


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