America, This Is Your 416 HP 2020 Lotus Evora GT!

The Lotus Evora soldiers on with significant visual and technical upgrades and a new name: the Evora GT. Aimed at the U.S. and Canada, it’s the quickest and most powerful street-legal Lotus, and it’s already up for grabs with an MSRP of $96,950 Stateside.

Replacing the Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410, the 2020 Evora GT is available in two seating configurations, 2 or 2+2, and puts a 3.5-liter supercharged, six-cylinder engine to use. It develops 416 hp (422 PS / 310 kW), while the torque output depends on the selected transmission.

Equipped with the standard six-speed manual, the Evora GT packs 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque. Meanwhile, with the optional six-speed auto, it’s good for 332 lb-ft (450 Nm). Should you want the most agile version of the car, then you’ll have to opt for the stick shift, which promises to do 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds and max out at 188 mph (303 km/h). The auto ‘box model is 0.1 seconds slower and maxes out at 174 mph (280 km/h).

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Stopping power is provided by the AP Racing brakes, with four-piston calipers front and rear, plus 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs which are larger at the front and smaller at the rear. The sports suspension package, with Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers is standard. As for wheels, the Evora GT sits on 8×19-inch front and 10.5×20-inch rear 10-spoke alloys, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The sleek silhouette of the sports car has been dictated by the aerodynamic enhancements. Thus, its more efficient air management, made possible by the new front lip, front wheel arch louvres, carbon fiber ducts behind each rear wheel vent and rear diffuser, have allowed it to generate up to 141 lbs (64 kg) of downforce, double than the Evora 400. With a weight of 3,104 lbs (1,408 kg) for the stick shift model, the Evora GT is 71 lbs (32 kg) lighter than the Evora 400.

Contributing to the weight reduction by 49 lbs (22 kg) is the optional Carbon Pack, which includes the carbon fiber front access panel, roof panel, tailgate with integrated spoiler and diffuser surround. Another 22 lbs (10 kg) have been shaved off thanks to the optional titanium exhaust system.

Inside, Lotus has added black Alcantara and twin-color stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and transmission tunnel. The Evora GT also has a carbon fiber instrument binnacle, magnesium steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and leather, Sparco bucket seats with carbon fiber backs, and a 7-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, sat-nav and reversing camera. Bespoke leather is optional.

 

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  • nastinupe

    Yawn. Just die already.

  • Bash

    I understand the why and the how of that the Automatic version is heavier and that is has a less 0-60 acceleration time (by 0.1 sec, but still !), and also how the Automatic version is can have a less max speed. But the fact that it suffers from all aforementioned drawbacks even though it has more torque, I will never know.

    • Holmer_k

      I’m not sure I understand those figures. Most cars today have faster 0-60 times with the auto instead of the manual. In fact, this is the only car in recent memory that lists the manual as being quicker.

      • Mill0048

        I would add, there’s definitely an inverse relationship for acceleration based on manual/auto transmission type with the main factors being price and power. The more power and higher the price, the faster the auto is. But the opposite makes the manual quicker. Due to a lower tech auto-box and more need to abuse the clutch for a faster launch.

      • ScottM

        It’s only a cheap Aisin 6-speed, not a ZF 8-speed. But why would they even bother having a torque converter automatic? Where’s a legit dual clutch automatic, which would be the top performing option.

        • Holmer_k

          At the price point it’s being offered at I wholeheartedly agree. On a car like this, I’d want the manual anyway, but anyone who requires an automatic would be crazy to even consider this.

  • California Guy 90

    Is it so hard to build a decent sports car anymore? What is up with all that carbon fiber, black plastic parts, spoilers, wings and stuff. Why can’t car designers build a beautiful and sleek sports car without all these parts that scream Fast and The Furious 4. The base spec Evora from 2009 was so beautiful they should have kept it that way and not that aftermarket mess.

    • Callanish

      You do realize you can still purchase the base GT without all the carbon fiber add-ons and extra stuff.

  • Stav Gavrilis

    another DOA sports car thank to the C8 lol

    • Emoto

      What will the Corvette owners who MUST HAVE A MANUAL TRANSMISSION buy? One of these? A C7? I don’t know.

  • Christopher Yurgal

    Thanks to the C8, this car is a rip-off.

    • Ben

      If ANY car is considered a “rip-off” now that the C8 has launched, it would be the Acura NSX. I like the NSX, I do, but dang. If the base model Corvette can go toe-to-toe….man.

  • Christopher Yurgal

    For twice the price? Spare us, Mr. Jelly.

    • Callanish

      The C8 will be a novelty in the beginning, and will initially stand out because it’s a new car, but because they’re cheaper to buy, they’ll eventually be common as muck like all the other vettes on the road. The Lotus won’t and the price of having that manual transmission is worth the extra cost in a world full of dual clutch transmissions. I’ve driven a 410; It’s a serious drivers car by any definition.

      Couldn’t be any farther from being jealous of a GM mass market car. You don’t know my tastes.

      • nastinupe

        I’m sure that Ferrari people said the same thing about the NSX when it was first released. 28 years later, does anyone care about the Ferrari 348? No… but everyone still talks about that 1991 Acura NSX. Sometimes pedigree doesn’t matter… and this is coming from a Porsche guy.

      • Christopher Yurgal

        And you are certainly underestimating the public’s tastes.

  • robotlogic

    $100K for a short persons sports car. Too bad the C8 Vette will eat this thing alive for only $60K and fits normal sized Americans.

  • Teddy Wijaya

    0r a 718 gts

  • SteersUright

    Always loved this car and its looking better than ever and sounds epic.I still remain disappointed though with the interior. Those horrible plastic ac vents, no decent high-res infotainment, no digital dashboard like you can even find in a Golf, etc,. In my mind, that’s all this cool little car is missing. I’d love to own a used one someday. Wonder how reliable and expensive to maintain these are.

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