Currently reading: Lotus unveils more refined Evora GT 410 for everyday use
'Phil's spec' aims to keep high-speed performance while improving ride and refinement
Steve Cropley Autocar
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29 January 2020

Lotus has revealed a more refined European version of the Evora 410 that’s designed to improve the car’s comfort in day-to-day use without harming its high-speed capability.

Called the Evora GT 410, it sits beside the existing, notably more hardcore GT 410 Sport, which itself has received some running improvements. The new model is known internally as ‘Phil’s spec’, because Lotus boss Phil Popham called for its UK launch after trying a quieter, more supple, US-spec Evora.

The new car costs £82,900, a price that includes additions to the usual standard equipment level. Its spec includes air conditioning, Sparco sports seats, improved door trims, a tailgate with a larger glass area and a rear-view camera. The whole package saves buyers around £3000, says Lotus, and is on sale now.

The new variant is intended to offer more refinement through the fitment of all-weather Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. It also has more soundproofing and its damping – as with all Lotus models – has been tuned by the firm’s chief attributes engineer, Gavan Kershaw.

“It’s still extremely stable and quick,” Kershaw said, “but it’s quieter on coarse surfaces and it rides ridges better, with smaller impacts. You could say it ‘breathes’ better on challenging road surfaces, which is just what you need if you drive your Evora every day.”

The GT 410 uses the same 3.5-litre supercharged V6 as the GT 410 Sport, putting out - as the name suggests - 410bhp and 310lb ft. As such, 0-60mph is achieved in 4.0sec, while the top speed is pegged at 190mph. 

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29 January 2020

I like Lotus.   Ever since a child watching them in the Bond films.   But if I were spending £80k+ I'd be walking in to the Porsche garage instead.   And I'm not even a fan of the 911.

 

Might not be as much fun on a press day's private hire of a track, but it will be better built and keep its value more than the Lotus.   I'm really sorry to say that, but it's that or a used Vantage (the good looking one, not the current disaster).

 

29 January 2020
Not sure why we'd all think a Porsche is a solid reliable option. Mine has been a dog. Back to the dealer so many times but still I enjoy the driving experience.. Having said that I'll be trading it in for an Evora next.

29 January 2020

At a 60k pricepoint, maybe.

82k is taking the Michael 

Nope, has to be a Porsche 

29 January 2020

Yeah, it may be a Lotus, clinging onto the Chapman ethos,but, the shackles of reliability issues and build quality along with the fact that to look at you wouldn't say it's an £80 grand plus car.

29 January 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Yeah, it may be a Lotus, clinging onto the Chapman ethos,but, the shackles of reliability issues and build quality along with the fact that to look at you wouldn't say it's an £80 grand plus car.

Yeah cos Toyota engines are known for their unreliability.

29 January 2020

So latest Cayman with a flat six is £65k basic so call it £80k with options and you think they sell many 911s for £80k these days? Most cars on test £100k with a few options. 

Porsche so reliability right? Never read of engine issues I suppose.

Lotus only looking to sell in the hundreds a year so think they can do that despite the usual naysayers. If you want a porsche go ahead they are great but not everyone wants the same

29 January 2020
JCarter wrote:

So latest Cayman with a flat six is £65k basic so call it £80k with options and you think they sell many 911s for £80k these days? Most cars on test £100k with a few options. 

Porsche so reliability right? Never read of engine issues I suppose.

Lotus only looking to sell in the hundreds a year so think they can do that despite the usual naysayers. If you want a porsche go ahead they are great but not everyone wants the same

I can tell you right now that an unoptioned new 911 is positively sybaritic compared to this Lotus for the same price, so you’re just talking nonsense.

29 January 2020
Actually as a Porsche fan, I think they've become too expensive, so I would happily have a lotus, the reliability issues aren't as bad as we all assume, especially with Toyota mechanicals, and Porsche have had some major mechanical concerns with engines in recent history so not as bullet proof as they used to be. The Evora is expensive but when first released you could get a 911 for about £56k, that's now Cayman/boxer money. I still think the Evora looks suitably exotic enough to justify its price, that with exclusivity makes it a worthy consideration to my mind.

29 January 2020
si73 wrote:

Actually as a Porsche fan, I think they've become too expensive, so I would happily have a lotus, the reliability issues aren't as bad as we all assume, especially with Toyota mechanicals, and Porsche have had some major mechanical concerns with engines in recent history so not as bullet proof as they used to be. The Evora is expensive but when first released you could get a 911 for about £56k, that's now Cayman/boxer money. I still think the Evora looks suitably exotic enough to justify its price, that with exclusivity makes it a worthy consideration to my mind.

If you look at the standard equipment on a base 911, compared to the Evora you’d realize that Porsche seems downright generous.

So the Porsche may be expensive, but this Evora makes it seem like outrageous value. Plus you’re getting a German made flat six instead of a Toyota engine.

29 January 2020

Depends a lot on your priorities - if you want to name-drop what you drive, and you care deeply about how plush the interior is, definitely spend the extra on a roughly-equivalent spec 911.

The Evora is, though, much more fun to drive at legal speeds on UK roads.

Both perfectly decent cars, but I'd want the one that's more fun. Otherwise you could save a fortune and buy a Golf R instead, which has actual rear seats that people can get into. [insert wink smiley]

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