Lotus has been through its aging top-of-the-range Evora to create the faster, better-handling and easier to live with Lotus Evora 400.
Lotus claims two-thirds of the Evora 400 is new. That includes the Toyota-based 3.5-litre V6 engine, boosted by a supercharger to 394bhp (400 metric horsepower, hence the name) and 302lb/ft of torque. That’s enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186mph.
The tautened chassis translates to a lap time around Lotus’s Hethel test track some six seconds quicker than the old Evora S: 1 minute 32 seconds. AP Racing brakes and a limited-slip differential come as standard.
The interior has been completely revamped with a new dashboard, better materials and better build quality. To make it more user-friendly, the engineers went to the trouble of modifying the chassis quite extensively to make getting in and out less of a palava.
Prices start at £72,000 – aircon and satnav comes as standard. An automatic gearbox and leatther or alcantara interior costs (quite a bit) extra.
The pricing is pretty strong. A base spec Porsche 911 costs just £1,500 more and, while it wouldn’t be as scalpel-sharp to drive, it would be a much better day-to-day proposition. And you can’t help but think the Lotus wouldn’t be as well built or reliable.
Lotus is bullish, though. CEO Jean-Marc Gales said: “We are conscious that the pricing is highly competitive. Yet the greatest merit which no other sports car or supercar can deliver is a peerless Lotus driving experience.”
By Only Motors