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Lotus celebrates 50th anniversary of its famed Norfolk factory with special edition Evora 400

The Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition has been revealed, along with the suggestion that more special edition Lotus models may be on the way.

Lotus’s special edition Evora 400 celebrates 50 years  of Lotus operations at its Norfolk-based plant, hence the Hethel Edition name. There is no cap on production, with Lotus pegging the Hethel Edition Evora 400 as a special edition, rather than a limited edition car.

The special edition Evora 400 is available in three colours: shades of blue, black and green, which are exclusive to the model, with trim options to match and a choice of black or red leather or Alcantara seats. Each car will also have a build plate to mark it out from the standard Evora 400. 

On the outside, the Hethel Edition car is recognisable by its forged aluminium wheels with contrasting brake calipers, and exclusive graphics.

Alongside the announcement of the special edition Evora 400, came a statement from Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus, in which he said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating our connections to Norfolk throughout 2016, more Lotus Hethel Anniversary news will be announced soon.”

The announcement also states: "The Hethel Edition Evora 400 is the first in a series of special products", although Lotus remains tight-lipped on exactly which further projects will be arriving. It says that more announcements will come "n due course", although Lotus wouldn’t specify when or what these might be.

The Hethel Edition Evora 400 is mechanically unaltered over the standard Evora 400, so its 4.1sec sprint to 60mph, 400bhp, 3.5-litre V6, and 186mph top speed remain. The price, however, is £75,500; £2500 over the standard Evora 400. It’s already available to order, with first deliveries expected within just a few weeks.

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Scoobman 12 May 2016

A good reminder

of what a fine looking car the Evora is. I like the Hethel wheels, but am less keen on the decals down the side. Lotus under Jean-Marc Gales seems to be making steady progress to produce much better developed cars. For the first time in years, I feel quite positive about their future.