Lotus may not build as many vehicles as the likes of Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari but those cars it does build are famed for their handling prowess and British desirability. To see what one of the company’s latest models is all about, Jay Leno decided to check out a pair of Evora 400s.
The Lotus Evora 400 was introduced a touch over four years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, and while the sports car industry has progressed drastically in that time, the Lotus remains an absolute thrill to drive.
Powering the sports car is a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 pumping out 400 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Like all other Evora models, this engine is mounted directly behind the cabin and sends its grunt to the pavement through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Those examples outfitted with the stick shift include a Torsen-type limited-slip differential.
The Evora 400 is a very small vehicle. However, that’s not to say that the car is completely lacking in the practicality department. You can fit a couple of small children in the back seats and if you’re determined enough, could also squeeze in some luggage. The car clearly isn’t the best option if you’re looking to crush continents in a comfortable yet fun way, however.
Some may be surprised to learn that the Evora has been in production for a decade now and there are no signs of it being replaced just yet. However, Lotus has confirmed that it is working on both an all-new sports car and an electric hypercar.