Lotus - Evora Price: from £82,900
Last Updated On: 17/07/2020
There are two road-going Lotus Evora models in the current range: the GT410 Sport and GT410. Lotus has also unveiled the new 2020 Evora GT for North America, replacing the Evora Sport 410 and Evora 400 for this market. The company has also announced a new competition version, the GT4 Concept.
Evora GT410 Sport (images 1-4)
The Evora GT410 Sport takes one of Lotus’ success stories, and refines it through the application of enlightened design. It's available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and in 6-speed manual and paddleshift automatic transmissions.
As with all high-performance Evoras, carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction. Standard carbon composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports.
Performance from the Edelbrock supercharged 3.5 litre V6 is impressive: a 0-60 mph (97km/h) time of 4 seconds for the manual and 3.9 sconds for the automatic version. Top speed is 190mph (305km/h) for the manual and 171mph (275km/h) for the automatic.
As with its Evora stablemate the Evora GT410 Sport cabin includes Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats (2+0 configuration only) and carbon door sill inserts. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, centre console and instrument binnacle are all trimmed in black Alcantara®, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching. Optional Sparco race seats are available in both 2+0 and 2+2 configurations. An integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera can also be specified.
Evora GT410 (images 5 and 6)
The new Evora GT410 features an enhanced standard spec over the GT410 Sport, providing owners with improved usability and a new level of driving comfort. Numerous features have moved from the Evora options list to become part of its standard specification.
It has a revised damper rate compared with the GT410 Sport. While it still delivers an outstanding performance-oriented experience, this creates a more compliant ride for improved real-world comfort. The use of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tyres means better all-year usability, while a new rear tailgate features a large glass section for improved rear visibility. These upgrades are in addition to the Evora’s already high level of standard equipment. These include a body-coloured roof, side sills, tailgate, front access panel and mirror backs, red AP Racing brake calipers and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear.
The GT410 is designed to be a more usable ‘every day’ car. It comes with Sparco sport seats and air-con to create a more comfortable environment for occupants, while a reversing camera improves safety during low-speed manoeuvres. A premium infotainment system with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay is now standard and includes DAB digital radio for the first time. Increased cabin sound insulation for reduced road noise and improved refinement will further improve the listening experience.
The GT410’s door trims now feature integrated arm rests and storage bins for greater comfort and practicality. Exterior paint colour choices have been revised to include new options, including some historic shades from Lotus’ past. Interior equipment includes cruise control, heated seats and rear parking sensors.
Performance figures for the same 3.5 litre V6 it shares with it's sibling are a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of 4.1 seconds and top speed of 186mph (299km/h) for the manual version. The automatic shares the same 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds with a slightly reduced top speed of 174mph (280km/h). Combined fuel consumption for the manual is 26.7mpg (10.6L/100km). transmissions are the same as found on the GT410 Sport.
Evora GT (image 7)
Available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and with manual and automatic transmissions, the Evora GT is the latest in the Evora line and provides more power and torque from an already celebrated sports car.
Employing selected lightweight carbon fibre components as standard, the new Evora GT enjoys a sleek silhouette. However, as with all Lotus sports cars, aerodynamic downforce is also a requirement and this new GT-class coupe generates up to 64 kg of downforce (double that of the Evora 400) making it the new benchmark when compared to similarly priced rivals.
The Evora GT is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine with integrated water-to-air charge cooler, producing 422 PS (416 bhp) at 7000 rpm and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque from 3500 rpm to give a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of just 3.8 seconds. The automatic option has 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) and returns a similar acceleration time. With all the lightweight options fitted, mass is further reduced to 3,104 lbs (1,408 kg). This gives a total weight saving of 71 lbs (32 kg) when compared to the Evora 400.
The new Evora GT features four driver selectable ESP modes – selected via a dashboard switches. ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’. Sport and Race settings increase throttle response, respectively increasing traction slip - allowing the driver a finer degree of control before intervention.
For the interior, the dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are all trimmed in black Alcantara®, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching (bespoke leather is an option). The lightweight magnesium steering wheel is clad in leather and Alcantara®, the instrument binnacle cover is carbon fibre, as are the backs of the Sparco race seats. An integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera is also standard.
Evora GT4 Concept (image 8)
The first step in a return to international racing for one of the most famous names in motorsport, Lotus have announced a brand new Evora GT4 Concept. Using over 70 years of engineering innovation on road and track, the iconic company has unveiled its latest project.
Proving that the Evora road car was built according to motorsport-tested principles, the Evora GT4 Concept will take the inherent advantages of the Evora platform into battle against the world’s fastest GT race cars. Undeniably still an Evora, the racer will be developed by Lotus Cars in the UK. Responsible for all Lotus competition car development, renowned Lotus test driver and the company’s Director of Attributes, Gavan Kershaw, will spend countless hours on the famous Hethel test track – a purpose-built facility which has shaped iconic racers over six decades.