This is the new Evora Sport 410, the most hardcore version of the range offering more power and less weight.
Lotus gurus were able to cut a substantial 70 kg off the regular Evora 400’s weight figure while the supercharged V6 engine now makes 10 hp more for a total of 410hp.
As a result, the Sport 410 can now accelerate from 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 sec when equipped with the automatic transmission. Purists will probably prefer the manual choice, not only for the added interaction but also for the smaller weight figure, as the manual Evora Sport 410 tips the scales at 1,325 kg, compared to the 1,337 kg of the automatic model.
The three-pedaled version is a bit faster, with a top speed at 186mph (300km/h) compared to the 174mph (280km/h) the automatic can achieve. A low inertia flywheel along with a Torsen limited-slip differential also sweetens the deal for the manual.
Lotus was able to shed some weight by replacing many components with carbon-fibre ones, including the front splitter, roof panel, tailgate, rear diffuser as well as race-derived sports seats and a revised front access panel. The one-piece carbon tailgate replaces the old component which was made out of five separate elements while new are also the lightweight door trim panels.
The new bodywork also means an increase of downforce by 15 percent with no increase in drag. The new Lotus is now 3 seconds faster from the regular Evora 400 around the Hethel test track, clocking a 1min 28sec lap time.
The company’s engineers have also recalibrated the suspension setup, improving the geometry and completely revising the damping. The ride height is now 5mm lower than the Evora 400 while the standard set of ultra-light 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels can be shod with optional Michelin Cup 2 tires.
The cabin now hosts a set of carbon-fiber seats trimmed with Alcantara which also decorates the steering wheel and the centre console. The one-piece door trim panels finished in Alcantara have their arm rests and stowage pockets deleted.
A limited production run of 150 cars per year ensures exclusivity, with the company to offer a specific North American version as well.