Lotus has unveiled price and specification details for the Evora 400. The new range-topping coupe will start from £72,000 when it goes on sale in August.
While it may look like a revised version of the Norfolk brand’s current Evora sports car, Lotus claims the 400 is over 60 per cent new.
The main revisions are to its 3.7-litre supercharged V6 engine, which has been fettled to produce 400bhp – up 55bhp on the lesser Evora S – which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential, for improved traction during cornering. An automatic transmission is available as an option.
In typical Lotus style, this more powerful motor is allied to a lighter body to maximise its potential. At 1,415kg, the 400 weighs in some 22kg lighter than the Evora S, resulting in some impressive performance figures, including a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186mph – making it the company’s fastest ever production car.
It’s not just raw power that customers will be shelling out the additional £8,000 for. The Evora 400 is fitted as standard with powerful AP Racing brakes, climate control, lightweight bucket seats and a touchscreen infotainment system.
It also boasts unique styling, with a new nose and rear-end, as well as redesigned front and rear spoilers which are claimed to double the amount of downforce at speed. A louder sports exhaust completes the package, while cruise control and a range of leather and Alcantara trims are available as an option for those wanting a more civilised driving experience.
Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, said: “The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars costing significantly more. It delivers supercar looks allied to supercar performance.
"We have always said that to make a car better, you must make it faster and lighter. We have achieved this, of course, but we didn't stop there, as the considerable number of changes in the interior, chassis, engine and body design have warranted emphatically, the title of a new Lotus Evora."
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