After being absent from the Geneva motor show for a number of years, Lotus is set to come back with a bang with this, the Evora 400.
Despite being based on the currently available Evora model, Lotus claims the 400 is over 60 per cent new. It has been restyled for a more aggressive look, including a deeper front bumper incorporating daytime running lights, a new rear diffuser and a new three-section wing on the boot lid.
As its name suggests, this new mid-engined sports car develops 400bhp from its mid-mounted 3.7-litre supercharged V6 engine, up from the 345bhp developed by the outgoing Evora S. The power gains have been made through a new supercharger unit and alterations to engine software. The motor now also gets start/stop for the first time to boost fuel economy.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox (an automatic transmission is available as an optional extra) and a standard-fit limited-slip differential that maximises available traction in the bends.
In typical Lotus style, weight saving has been key to the development of the new model. The 400 weighs in some 22kg lighter than the Evora S at 1,415kg. The diet has contributed to the car's impressive performance figures. With a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186mph, the Evora 400 is the fastest Lotus ever to take to the road and laps Lotus' Hethel test track an astonishing six seconds quicker than its now defunct stablemate.
Discussing the new model, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO for Lotus, said: "A requirement for all Lotus cars is to be a benchmark for handling, to be the quickest car from A to B and to provide the driver with a pure and involving driving experience. The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars costing significantly more. It delivers supercar looks allied to supercar performance."
He continued:"We have always said that to make a car better, you must make it faster and lighter. We have achieved this, of course, but we didn't stop there, as the considerable number of changes in the interior, chassis, engine and body design have warranted emphatically, the title of a new Lotus Evora."
The Lotus Evora 400 goes on sale in August, with an expected price tag of around £70,000.