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).
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.