Lightweight Porsche 911 rival produces 410bhp and can cover 0-60mph in 3.9sec; priced from £85,900

Lotus has produced a new version of the Evora, the GT410 Sport, to bridge the gap to the red-blooded Evora GT430 supercar.

A successor to the Sport 410, the new car benefits from more carbonfibre parts and an extra-focused chassis set-up to make it a lighter and sharper version of the marque’s Porsche 911 rival.

Power comes from the same supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine as its predecessor, producing 410bhp at 7000rpm and 310lb ft at 3500rpm and driven to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional automatic with the same number of cogs.

The Evora GT410 Sport is slightly quicker in automatic form, reaching 0-60mph in 3.9sec to the manual’s 4.0sec. Top speed for both is quoted at 190mph.

Much of this pace comes thanks to the car’s light weight – it tips the scales at 1297kg when nobody is onboard, 28kg less than the Sport 410.

A carbonfibre roof panel and tailgate are standard. Add weight-saving options, including a titanium exhaust and Ohlins dampers, and the car's dry weight drops to 1256kg.

Lotus has also tweaked the car's bodywork with parts borrowed from its GT430 to enhance downforce by up to 50% over the outgoing Sport 410. The GT410 Sport produces up to 96kg of downforce.

Available in two-seater or 2+2 form, the Evora GT410 Sport sits on Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers as standard and rides on 19in wheels wrapped with Michelin Super Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Pricing for the GT410 Sport starts at £85,900, which is £324 more than the similarly focused Porsche 911 Carrera T.

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11 January 2018

Well, yes, always a new version of an old “Classic”, Lotus have produced nothing different for decades, if there selling they must be doing something right, right?, well, what about an EV Supercar...?, I’m surely if Chapman were around today he’d have looked at the idea by now.....

Peter Cavellini.

11 January 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Well, yes, always a new version of an old “Classic”, Lotus have produced nothing different for decades, if there selling they must be doing something right, right?

Of course, this approach has worked very well for Porsche, so if Lotus can do it too, good luck to them.

Seriously, though, they have taken the original Evora and kept updating it such that I, at least, think they have something really appealing. But not so appealing that I am opening my wallet.

11 January 2018

Yes because Chapman was into 2 tonne sports cars... Lotus are concentrating their very limited resources on their core models and making a bit of extra dosh with some specials. It's exactly what they need to do until they get their new range ready.

Mincing off into the world of EV is most likely what Dany Bahar would have done...

11 January 2018

Lotus is doing something right. It turned a £2m pre-tax profit in the last financial year, compared with a loss of £16.3m in the previous financial year. Roll on the new models with Geely cash. The future is bright for the 'Light is Right' company.

 

Leave the EVs to those who can afford to lose money, like Tesla. Musk needs a $1bn by summer to keep his laughable project going.

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