After introducing us to the new Evora GT430 back in July, Lotus is now expanding the lineup with the addition of the Evora GT430 Sport, unhindered by any extra downforce-creating aerodynamic parts.
In other words, it’s a sleeker and more street focused GT430, which may not be as capable around the track as its massive winged counterpart, but will instead reach a higher top speed, rated at 196 mph (315 km/h).
Both the GT430 and GT430 Sport are powered by the same 3.5-liter supercharged V6 unit, pounding 430 HP (436 PS) and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) into the pavement, while automatic versions feature an extra 10 Nm (7.3 lb-ft) of torque.
Since it’s missing some of the GT430’s aero elements, the Sport version weighs 10 kg (22 lbs) less, coming in at 1,248 kg dry (2,751 lbs) and bringing the power-to-weight ratio up to 345 hp/tonne. Also, thanks to its top speed of 196 mph, the Evora GT430 Sport is officially Lotus’ fastest production car ever, despite its £104,500 price tag being more forgiving than the GT430’s.
“The Evora GT430 already has cemented its place as a true collector’s car, but we know that many of our customers want the option of choosing a less aggressive version, with the same power, but without some of more arresting design and aero elements. With the Evora GT430 Sport, we have responded to this demand to add to the whole range of thoroughbred Lotus cars that are great on the track as well as supremely capable on the road,” said Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.
Visually, the GT430 Sport doesn’t have the GT430’s carbon fiber splitter, large profiled carbon wing and louvers on top of each front wheel arch. What it does have however are carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, front access panel, roof panel, rear quarter panels, plus a one-piece louvered tailgate with an integrated spoiler.
While the Evora GT430 Sport generates up to 100 kg (220 lbs) of downforce at 196 mph, around 56% more than the Evora Sport 410, the track-focused GT430 generates up to 250 kg (551 lbs) of downforce at 190 mph (305 km/h).
Inside, buyers can enjoy the carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new graphic design on the instrument panel. You’ll also find Alcantara on the steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and center console, with contrasting twin color red and white stitching spread throughout.
Customers can also specify an integrated touch-screen infotainment system, which features iPod connectivity and Bluetooth functionality, to go with its sat-nav and reversing camera function.
Lotus’ new and fully homologated Evora GT430 range is available to order now.