The GT430 can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.8sec, which is 0.6sec quicker than the Cayman GT4. Lotus claims that the GT430 is the quickest car around its Hethel test track since the 454bhp track version of the 3-Eleven, matching its lap time.
Upgrades to the Evora's performance come from an air-to-liquid gearbox cooling system and a titanium exhaust, as well as other gearbox upgrades including a low-inertia single-mass flywheel, while elsewhere an upgraded limited slip differential aids traction.
Inside, the seats are finished in leather and Alcantara, but can be specced fully in one or the other at no extra cost. Red highlights are the only colour about the carbonfibre-clad interior.
Drive modes are seemingly as numerous as the overall revisions; for the dynamic stability control there are four - Drive, Sport, Race and Off - while the traction control can be set to five different slip levels when in Race or Off mode.
Despite the extreme focus of the car, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales insists it’s suitable for road and track; a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and sat-nav, as well as a reversing camera, are among the options.
“Yes, it is hugely powerful but, the GT430 is not about brutal performance. It’s an intricate balance of power, finesse and road holding, no matter the speed, and is a true track-and-back sports car, supremely focused and immensely fast,” Gales said.
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