A roadster version of the Lotus Evora 400 will be launched in 2017, boss Jean-Marc Gales has revealed, and is likely to account for more than half of the company’s sales in America.
The new model will follow the introduction of the 400bhp V6-powered Evora 400 coupé, which went into production last summer.
“We are working on it now,” said Gales at last year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Gales said the Evora 400 would lose no structural rigidity when converted from a coupé to a convertible, due to the design of its extruded and bonded aluminium tub chassis.
“It’s a quicker build,” the Lotus boss said. "The chassis is a tub, so there’s no impact with the roof off.”
The roof of the Evora roadster will be made up of two removable panels weighing 3kg each. The panels can be stored on board behind the front seats.
Gales says the body’s torsional stiffness of 27,000Nm/degree and weight of 1395kg won’t be compromised by the change, because the roof of the coupé doesn’t currently add rigidity.