Add lightness, said Colin Chapman. And more power, says Lotus.
Fresh from taking the scalpel to the Elise, Lotus is at it again with the Evora. Based on the existing Evora Sport 400, Lotus has reduced its weight by around 70kg, while squeezing a little more power from the 3.5-litre supercharged engine. The result is the Evora Sport 410, making its debut at the Geneva motor show.
Weight reduction has been achieved through the use of carbon fibre for the front splitter, roof panel, tailgate and rear diffuser, as well as lightweight forged alloy wheels. While lighter, the aerodynamically tuned parts also increase downforce by 15%.
Power has been raised to 453bhp, enough to propel the 1,325kg Evora to 60mph in 3.9 seconds. Maximum speed, should you find yourself on a very long piece of tarmac, is 186mph.
Being a Lotus, outright speed isn’t a big deal. Instead, it’s all about handling, something that’s been improved thanks to recalibrated suspension and a Torsen-type limited slip differential. The electronic wizardry known as the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management system also has Sport and Race settings, increasing throttle response while lowering traction slip thresholds and removing understeer recognition.
The interior is still best described as functional, but the Sport 410 gets carbon fibre sports seats trimmed with Alcantara and an integrated touchscreen infotainment system with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Evora Sport 410 will be available from June, with just 150 examples produced each year.