Lotus Evora 400 - Main

It’s hard to believe that in its 63 years of existence, Lotus has never produced anything road-legal with 400 hp. Not until now, though. The Lotus Evora 400 has arrived ahead of its Geneva reveal and as you can already guess, it is the fastest and most powerful production car Hethel has ever come up with.

Before we get to the nitty-gritty, lets see what Lotus have done to the bodywork. Compared to the standard Evora, the Evora 400 appears more aggressive with larger intakes on the front bumper, LED daytime running lights, reworked rear bumper and a new triple-element rear spoiler. It runs on 19- and 20-inch forged aluminium wheels shod with sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

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In the cabin, Lotus has given the Evora 400 a new dashboard layout with fresh centre console and instrument cluster designs, new seats, higher quality material as well as improved driver controls and revised infotainment system. On top of that, the side sills, which are narrower by 43 mm on each side, are now positioned 56 mm lower over the standard Evora, making entering and exiting much easier.

Fitted with new supercharger unit, water-to-air charge-cooler and engine management system, the 3.5-litre V6 engine manages to hit 400 hp and 410 Nm of torque, up from 345 hp and 400 Nm. It can be fitted with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, both carrying enhancements for better performance. The stick shift is assisted by a Torsen-type limited slip differential on the rear axle while the slushbox features a new shift strategy with paddle shifters. Braking power is provided by bigger, cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs.

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Performance-wise, the Evora 400 can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds before hitting a top speed of 300 km/h. Lotus also claims the Evora 400 has managed to better the Evora’s lap time at the company’s Hethel test track by a full six seconds. Keeping true to its lightweight credo, the Evora 400 tips the scale at just 1,415 kg for the manual and 1,419 kg for the auto, a reduction of at least 22 kg.


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